You can commence with the “lost control” snark now.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before.

“Unfortunately, Chad will no longer be a part of our football program,” Smart said in a statement.  “It is very disappointing, and we wish him the best in his efforts to continue his education.”

Or this.

This is the second player Smart has had to dismiss since he arrived. The other was defensive lineman Chauncey Rivers, a rising sophomore whose dismissal was basically automatic (per UGA policy) after a third marijuana-related arrest.

This is also the seventh arrest of a Georgia player since Smart’s arrival, although in one case (Jonathan Ledbetter on alcohol-related charges) the charges have been dismissed.

I wish the season were starting tomorrow.  But probably not as much as Kirby Smart does this morning.

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75 responses to “You can commence with the “lost control” snark now.

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    I will concede that we have officially entered Silly Season.

  2. Mark

    D-1 College athletes get in trouble. To me, it’s all about how the school handles it and that’s where UGA continues to stand near the top. This ain’t Tuscaloosa or Urban’s Gainesville where there weren’t many consequences. While it’s probably a headache right now I imagine Kirby and staff are not naive and take it as part of the job. They seem have a plan to discipline and did the right thing. We all know there was a traffic violations under CMR every year. This staff pinpointed everyone without a License and addressed it. There’s probably a no-drive list and if you’re on it you better not drive unless you really like mornings with Coach Rocker.

    • 81Dog

      So, you’re saying Kirby is doing better on the DL problem, but worse on the “actual crimes” situation??? Way to accentuate the positive!!!

      I don’t figure you can hold college kids doing stupid stuff against the head coach, who cant watch them 24/7, but some of the apparent backpeddling is dizzying.

  3. Juan

    Eh, this kind of stuff will never go away. When you are dealing with poorly educated, hip hop cultured kids there’s always going to be ones that turn out to be rotten. Ditch em and move on.

    • Jeff Sanchez

      LOL go ahead and just say it…

      • Sh3rl0ck

        To Juan’s credit, he only mentioned poorly educated and “hip hop” culture. You are the one that made the assumption that poorly educated plus “hip hop” culture equals non-white. Technically, that makes you the racist.

        • To my credit, I actually read the linked article.

          While the sign may seem racist, Tyler told the news station it wasn’t meant to be.

          • Sh3rl0ck

            While my statement may seem racist, I am telling you that it wasn’t meant to be.

            I read the article. I never said that you intended for your statement to be racist, just that it was.

            • Actually, you said I was the racist.

              • Sh3rl0ck

                I know. Reread my first message. You are the one who stereotyped poorly educated and “hip hop” culture to non-whiteness. Juan didn’t say anything about race. That was solely your assumption. Technically, by contemporary definition, that type of racially based world-view makes you a racist.

                I understand that your response was a joke poking fun at Juan’s prejudice. That is what makes your statement ironic. It was an unintentionally racist reply to an intentionally bigoted statement. Apparently your sarcasm detector is broken today, which is sad, because my original statement – using irony to mock someone – is the textbook definition of sarcasm.

                • Evidently I’m having a hard time following you here. Perhaps it’s because I never said anything about race.

                  This is the part of the linked piece that caught my eye:

                  He says the sign is a call to take America back to the “1960s, Ozzie and Harriet, Leave it to Beaver time, when there were no break-ins, no violent crime, no mass immigration.”

                  And no hip-hop.

                  Obviously, YMMV.

                • Got Cowdog

                  You know, Midol and a glass of wine helps. mayb3e a nap.

        • Don in Mar-a-Lago

    • Herschel Krustofski

      That damn rock and roll is ruining society!

    • DawgPhan

      It doesnt take much to bring out the borderline comments.

      wtf is hip hop culture?

      • Juan

        The only reason an 18 year old would be carrying a gun with him…?

        • Juan

          Oh, initial reports were he had a gun. My b y0

        • Sanford222view

          Nice generalization you did there. Keep up the good work.

          • Irwin R. Fletcher

            The report said it was over a $30 pair of Apple headphones.

            http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MD827LL/A/apple-earpods-with-remote-and-mic

            Just so I’m straight on this…a kid called the cops because someone ganked his ear buds and the cops arrested someone over a pair of earbuds…he had to post $1500 bond and will now have to appear on charges…over a $30 pair of earbuds. So taxpayers are out probably in the range of $10,000+ in expenses once all is said and done, kid gets kicked out of school, and he’s out $$ for a defense attorney. And on top of that, you have morons who come onto this site talking about poorly educated, hip hop kids because a kid lifted a pair of earbuds.

            The world has completely lost all common sense. As a taxpayer, I’m furious that this is the kind of petty garbage we are paying the police to do because they have zero common sense…and the worst part is that they will use the ‘stats’ to ask for more money the next year.

            • PTC DAWG

              I agree, idiocy on the loose.

            • DawgPhan

              sames.

              except I could easily see the kid picking them up thinking that they were his. Nearly every kid on campus has a pair. he could have easily seen them on the floor, thought he dropped them and picked them up.

              Or you know…this was an ocean’s 11 style heist and he had been casing this kid for days to get those sweet sweet used ear buds.

              “But the price of error is higher for you than it is for your countrymen, and so that America might justify itself, the story of a black body’s destruction must always begin with his or her error, real or imagined”

            • Derek

              $10k in taxpayer money is a gross overestimation. The truth is that the city is likely to generate a profit here. Governments make a fortune off of petty crime. Between court costs, fines, probation/supervision fees, drug testing and deferred prosecution programs designed to “rehabilitate” the coffers of the government, crime is big business for local government. Serious crime is costly but necessary. Policing petty crime is a booming business.

  4. Mad Mike

    I would ask if he’ll end up at Auburn, but since he was only a three star will it be Jacksonville State?

  5. Man. If stealing something worth 30 bucks is worth a $1500 bond and shooting a BB gun is a felony I guess I should have been in jail since I was nine. Not that I advocate stealing or have ever really done it but the value of the item should have an impact on the charges.

    • Bob

      Spent 30 years in the Army. There is very little that is more disgusting than a barracks thief. He didn’t steal from a fellow player but he stole from a fellow student. Sorry, he needs to go and I could give a damn about the “value” of the item.

  6. 1smartdude

    Not sure there would have been any public consequences had this not been his SECOND arrest in 4 months. After all both practiced and played in the spring game…..

  7. Jared S.

    Unbelievably stupid on his part. It’s hard to believe he would have stolen something (and so trivial!) so soon after being arrested for the BB gun incident. I hope this will serve as a wake up call to him and get his life together. It’s a real mystery to me how a young man can have a chance to start for a program like Georgia and throw it away — and not because of drugs but because he’s just doing stupid childish stuff. Crazy.

  8. Macallanlover

    Hate to see another kid throw away his opportunity but glad to see UGA addressing character issues and not hiding them. While neither of these offenses are of the dangerous/violent variety, two incidents within six months of being on campus puts Clay way off the radar. You really didn’t realize you were on probation and headed for a fall after your stupid actions a couple of months ago? Seems he was one of those “rules don’t apply” folks that needed (another) wake up call. Perhaps ending up at a lesser program will help put him on a better path.

    Good on Smart for not allowing a distraction to continue at this point, and also good to make sure players understand while the sheriff may be new, their is still a sheriff in town.

    • Macallanlover

      Sorry “there”.

    • Jared S.

      Well said.

    • JCDAWG83

      Maybe he will take a better path, but I sort of doubt it. A thief is a thief and he seems to be a stupid thief on top of being a thief. He was already in trouble for the BB gun incident, which I think is absurd, but he was still dealing with that and he decides to steal headphones.

      Idiots like this are why programs need to over sign. A coach can count on losing two or three thugs every offseason to stupidity and arrest. The majority of players on football scholarships, if not for their ability to run fast, catch or throw a ball or tackle someone else with a ball would be nowhere near the University of Georgia campus. They would be qualified for positions in the construction, auto detailing and food service industries or they would be full time thieves or drug dealers.

      • Jared S.

        I worked full-time in construction for over 10 years. What are you saying?

        • JCDAWG83

          Me too, actually about 13 if you count my Summer jobs. I’m saying they would not be students at Georgia with the opportunity to earn a college degree if they were not good athletes because their academic standing is not exactly top of the line and their career choices would be very limited.

        • Got Cowdog?

          Me too. Made a pile of money at it. Don’t have to work no more.

      • Herschel Krustofski

        “Maybe he will take a better path, but I sort of doubt it. A thief is a thief…”

        Yeah, let’s permanently label people when they’re in their late teens.

        • Irwin R. Fletcher

          This.

          A thief is a thief

          I mean…come on…I had two friends in college who took someone’s credit card and charged a bunch of purchases at Structure and Britches Great Outdoors… On the other hand, there were plenty who engaged in certain petty thefts like collecting the place setting at Waffle House, filling two liters with Coca-Cola from the fountain dispenser in the dining hall, etc.

          None of those things are ‘good’, but we are talking about earbuds that come free with the phone that can be replaced for $9 with better earbuds from Amazon. Who calls the cops over that? And what cop thinks the kid should be arrested instead of just being told…give him his earbuds back and don’t let it happen again.

          • JCDAWG83

            Sounds like your friends with the credit card should have gone to prison. The dining hall coke was paid for as long as the students were on the meal plan so I don’t really consider that stealing. Stealing silverware from a restaurant is stealing, no matter how you try and spin it. How much do you have to steal before you are a thief? That is sort of like; how many lies do you have to tell before you are a liar?

            As to the value, that really doesn’t matter. If they are so inconsequential, why didn’t he go buy his own and not steal someone else’s? We don’t know all the details on why the cops were called. Maybe he got caught and when he was confronted he thugged up and got belligerent and the other student had to call the cops?

            • PTC DAWG

              Fact is, value does matter. There is a reason that writing bad checks over a certain amount is a felony. I think this is ridiculous on many levels.

              • JCDAWG83

                You should hire him to work for you. He would know he could steal a little and you wouldn’t care.

              • 81Dog

                you can still be a thief if you aren’t a felon. Just sayin’. Just because you’re stealing petty stuff doesn’t mean you aren’t a thief.

            • Don in Mar-a-Lago

              “should have gone to prison.”

              Orange is the new black.

        • JCDAWG83

          He can vote, sign a contract and go to adult prison. Being in his late teens means he is an adult and should know not to take things that don’t belong to him. Next, you’ll tell us it was the victim’s fault for having nicer ear buds than he had and he was enraged by their “white privilege”. It can’t be the criminal’s fault when they commit a crime, can it?

          • Herschel Krustofski

            Good grief, you’ve gone off the rails. Please tell me where I said he shouldn’t have to pay the price for what he did. I was speaking to you wanting to brand the kid permanently at 18 years old. Get over yourself.

      • Don in Mar-a-Lago

        Well said. We’re going to need the hip hoppers for construction job nanual labor because I’m throwing all the Mexicans out.

  9. Derek

    Will the new regs keep Auburn from snatching this kid up, giving him a second chance and a signing bonus?

  10. DawgPhan

    wait this guy was arrested for picking up a pair of earbud just laying around in the gym? and that student is pressing charges?

    thats crazy. how is that even a thing?

    • JCDAWG83

      I guess you would think a reasonable defense for shoplifting would be that the merchandise was “just laying around” the store? They weren’t his and they weren’t in the trash so it was stealing.

      • Macallanlover

        Of course he would. This is more an issue of character flaws than value of merchandise. A $50 dollar hooker and a $1000 hooker are the same at the core. In DP’s mind, this is really all society’s fault and Clay shouldn’t be punished, two transgressions in 3 months or not….just the kind of student we need to mix into the campus.

  11. lakedawg

    Believe we have to say this one is all on Chad, although CMR did recruit him and Kirby is coach.

  12. Chris T.

    I’ve never seen a comparison study of a college football team vs.100 random american males 18-22 years old. How many of the random group will turn out to be thieves, rapists, murderers? Definitely more than one would think.

  13. Merk

    Well I thought stealing items and getting dismissed from an sec program was the first step to being part of a NC team in 2 years.

  14. Reason #___ we’ll never have Bammer’s success. In Athens they hold you accountable for everything. In Tuscaloosa they hold you accountable for noting as long as you win bawgames.

  15. AusDawg85

    He’ll go to Miami where they embrace the “Thuga U” identity.

  16. DawgPhan

    see a penny pick it up, and you should go to federal bang you in the ass prison for the rest of your life.

    -internet trolls.

  17. AthensHomerDawg

    “I didn’t do it,” he says, and he throws up his hands
    “I was only robbin’ the register, I hope you understand…”

  18. W Cobb Dawg

    Well that was fast. Arrived in January, gone in June. Maybe it’s just plain bad luck for the kid. Some people have a knack for getting caught – no matter how trivial. Not too late to sign on with Ga Military.

    With our ‘2 strikes and you’re out’ policy, it’s a surprise attrition isn’t a heckuva lot worse. Glad Kirby pounds the recruiting and PWO pavement so hard. Getting the minimum 25 recruits a year seems like its never going to be enough to keep our roster full.

    • Cojones

      Not too late to sign with the real military and come back to school later, like one of our past heros in the 60s did. It teaches you not to be so stupid while breaking the football team rules like walking right by your HC at 5AM when he is out to get his Sunday morn AJC paper downtown early and you are just going to the dorm – or riding your bike over the top of Stegeman – or visiting the Army/Navy Goat Club Friday nite before the game. And legally steal some other guy’s babe.