Category Archives: Crime and Punishment

Does D’Antne Demery get a second chance?

Before you get all Jonathan Taylor Rule on me, consider something Mark Schlabach wrote.

In May 2015, Georgia officials proposed a conference-wide rule that was eventually adopted by the SEC that banned its schools from accepting transfer athletes who were dismissed from their previous institution for serious misconduct, which includes sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence.

Georgia officials proposed the rule after it dismissed defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor in 2014, after he was arrested and charged with a felony for allegedly hitting his girlfriend with a closed fist and choking her during an argument in his dorm room.

Taylor spent the 2014 season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi and enrolled at Alabama in January 2015. The Crimson Tide dismissed him two months later after he was arrested again on domestic violence charges in Tuscaloosa. Taylor pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief in the Alabama incident, and he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor simple assault, battery and simple battery in the Georgia incident.

The SEC considered expanding the rule to include incoming freshmen last year, after Mississippi State allowed freshman defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons to enroll. He was caught on video delivering several punches to the upper body and head of a woman who was on the ground after she fought with his sister.

That sound you hear is Rodney Garner reaching for his cellphone.

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A bonding story

Okay, in just a few short hours the D’Antne Demery mishegas has gone from snarky to sad to just plain weird.

Demery was initially given a distinction of “no bond family violence.” During the 10 a.m. hour on Sunday, an Athens-Clarke County Jail representative confirmed a local judge ordered a bond totaling $1,500 ($1,000 for the simple battery and $500 for the criminal trespass charges) and for Demery to be released only to UGA program coordinator Bryant Gantt. At 12:04 p.m., however, Demery’s jail log was updated to show he could only be released to a woman named Brandi McMaster.

Demery eventually posted bond at 1:03 p.m. Sunday.

It is unknown why Gantt was initially listed as the person for Demery to be released to or why that name was changed on the jail log. The change occurred roughly 15 minutes after The Telegraph called the Athens-Clarke County Jail to inquire why Gantt was the person responsible for Demery following his release. NCAA rules stipulate programs cannot provide free or reduced-cost services to student-athletes and among those would be posting bond.

Right now, Kirby is probably wondering if there’s some way to keep the media from reporting this stuff, too, until he tells them.  In the meantime, it does seem as though there’s been a softening of the relationship between the ACCPD and the Georgia athletic department. Taken together, I’m not sure what it means, but I doubt anyone is gonna take the time to explain it to us.

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UPDATE:  And that’s that.

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UPDATE #2:  Back to the jail log, McGarity responds,

Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity stated that Gantt’s name “was included in error and I assure you UGA staff members have not violated any rules related to this incident.”

Which neatly sidesteps the question of whose error, of course.

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Welcome back, kid.

I’ve been racking my brain trying to decide if this is a first

D’Antne Demery, an offensive lineman who signed with Georgia this February, was arrested in Athens on Saturday night.

Demery was charged with criminal trespass and simple battery, both misdemeanors. He was arrested by Athens-Clarke County police. The booking time is listed as 10:52 pm. and he was still in jail as of Sunday morning at 7:10 a.m.

The details of the situation were not immediately available. The jail web site lists “no bail family violence” on its report.

A native of Brunswick, Demery was attending G-Day with other signees and recruits.

… and I’ll be damned if I can come up with a similar incident in the past.

His first day after enrollment ought to be a blast.

And in case you’re wondering —

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UPDATE:  Aw, jeez.  Forget what I said about that first day of enrollment.

Brunswick offensive lineman and 2017 Georgia signee D’Antne Demery was arrested Saturday evening on charges of criminal trespassing and simply battery.  On Sunday Dawgs247 was able to obtain a synopsis of the incident through a spokesman for the Athens Clarke-County police that shows why the four-star prospect was detained and now allowed to be released on bond.

On 04/22/17 at approximately 2115 hours, Downtown officers were dispatched to the area of the Waffle House, in reference to a black male choking (strangling) a female. Upon arrival, both individuals had left the area. Moments later, the victim called 911; advising that she wished to press charges against D’Antne Demery for hitting her. Contact was made with the victim in front of Boars Head. She stated that she and Demery got into an argument; he began to get loud, she started to walk off, he told her “walk off again, and Imma show you”. She began to walk away again, at which point, Demery came from behind her; grabbing her on the back of her neck; pushing her against the wall, and also grabbing her by the hair. They were eventually separated by friends. Demery was eventually able to reconnect with the victim, in which he threw her; causing her glasses to fall off, and her phone fell out of her hand; causing it to hit the ground which resulted in a crack to the screen. The victim and Demery are dating and have a one month old child together. They came to Athens to attend the G-Day game. Contact was eventually made with Demery who admitted to having physical contact with the victim. There was also an independent witness who saw the incident take place. The victim advised that Demery has been physically violent with her in the past. They are from Brunswick, Georgia. Demery was placed under arrest for the above charges; placed inside the Transport Van, and transported to the Clarke County Jail without incident

If that’s accurate, it’s hard to believe Demery will ever see the practice field in Athens again.

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This is why they pay Nick Saban the big bucks.

This one’s something of a tough call:  a redshirt freshman defensive back who led Alabama in tackles on kickoff coverage has had an arrest warrant issued for felony aggravated assault.

He’s productive enough not to be a transfer candidate, but obviously not a superstar yet.  Does Saban have time for this shit?  Or does he need the roster spot to make room for another five-star recruit?  Decisions, decisions…

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I hope this gets assigned to a male judge.

Fellas, I ask you:  who among us has not been there, done that?

Texas A&M sophomore receiver Kirk Merritt has pleaded not guilty to two charges of indecent exposure from last fall.

Merritt has requested a delay of arraignment, which was originally scheduled for earlier this week at the Brazos County Courthouse.

In one count, an alleged victim accused Merritt of exposing and touching himself “while sitting in arm’s reach” of her “on or about” Oct. 24. About a day later according to a court document, another alleged victim claimed Merritt pulled down his shorts and held himself also “while sitting in arm’s reach” of her. The document describes both alleged victims as “offended or alarmed by the act of exposure.”

Both of the victims were tutors at A&M in the Bright Football Complex, two people with knowledge of the case said. Merritt’s attorney Rick Davis responded to the Chronicle on Friday afternoon citing a “bad case of jock itch” as Merritt’s defense.

“Kirk Merritt has been charged with Indecent Exposure under Section 21.08 of the Texas Penal Code because of two incidents during tutoring sessions that happened on two consecutive days,” Davis wrote. “While Kirk is very embarrassed about this situation, and has apologized to the two tutors that he offended, he did not intend to gratify anyone by exposing himself.

“The fact is that Kirk had a bad case of jock itch. The statute Kirk has been accused of violating requires that the Defendant have an intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person and that the Defendant is reckless about whether another may be present who will be offended or alarmed by his conduct.

“We think that Kirk’s conduct falls squarely under the Disorderly Conduct statute … That statute requires only that a Defendant is reckless about whether another may be present who will be offended or alarmed by his act.”

Scratch as scratch can, I tells ‘ya.

Too bad this kid’s an amateur, because he’s a medicine commercial waiting to happen.

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Don’t be a drop out.

Reading this story, it dawned on me that Daniel McMillian, the former Florida player who elected to turn pro early and was arrested in Gainesville last night, won’t be able to rely upon the generosity of Huntley Johnson to extricate himself.

That may be the greatest stay in school incentive in all of college sports.

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A different kind of “going pro” story

Former Oklahoma cheerleader gets busted on prostitution charges.  I don’t know which part of the story is better, that her mom is the Sooners cheerleading coach, or that her pimp — okay, alleged pimp — played football for Oklahoma for a season.

Should make the family’s next Thanksgiving dinner a fun get-together.

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