Category Archives: Crime and Punishment

Kirby Smart, “internal discipline” and the Georgia Way

With spring practice kicking off yesterday, there were lots of shiny objects to draw our attention, but I’m most intrigued by a relatively minor issue Smart raised in his presser, that being Riley Ridley’s status after being busted for marijuana possession.

Following his arrest earlier this month, Georgia sophomore receiver Riley Ridley will face “internal discipline” according to Georgia head coach Kirby Smart during his press conference on Tuesday. Smart said that he was disappointed in Ridley, but did not specify the punishment he would receive or his role on the team going into spring.

“He’ll receive internal discipline,” Smart said during his press conference. “I’ll say this, we are very disappointed in his decision and do not condone that behavior and I think Riley is going to learn a value lesson from this mistake.”

Okay, stadium steps and puking.  Got that.  But what about game suspension?  Crickets there.

Now I don’t want to read too much into that.  It’s very possible that Smart didn’t want to discuss that which is beyond his control, which is something he’s clearly indicated before about Georgia’s drug policy.  But I can’t help but wonder if there’s something going on behind the scenes regarding the charges, something that, in other words, might also explain the reticence about a game suspension.  If those go away, it’s a whole new ballgame, so to speak.

It might be worth keeping an eye on Ridley’s fate over the summer is all I’m saying.

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“A green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana was seized…”

I guess it wasn’t oregano.

Nice try playing the athlete card, Riley.  That stuff only works in Tuscaloosa.

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Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the dorm room…

Athens-Clarke County’s finest strike again.

Georgia receiver Riley Ridley was arrested Saturday night on a charge of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana, according to the Athens-Clarke County jail web site.

Ridley was arrested at 10:05 p.m. on Saturday, and bailed out on $1,000 bond at 12:32 a.m. on Sunday. The Athens-Clarke County Police Department is listed as the arresting agency.

A rising sophomore, Ridley had 12 catches for 238 yards and two touchdowns last season. He is expected to compete for a starting position this year.

A marijuana arrest that is a misdemeanor usually brings a one-game suspension, per UGA’s student-athlete handbook. Georgia opens the season against Appalachian State.

I feel safer already.

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UPDATE:  And lest we forget…

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Today, in As the Rebels Turn

I linked to this rather breathless allegation a couple of weeks ago:

“Ole Miss, per multiple sources, possesses a recording, and has given the SEC a copy, of Lewis’ mother asking Ole Miss for money and detailing incentives she received from other programs, including Mississippi State,” McCready reported.

Oh, hells yeah!  Pass the popcorn, bitchez!

So what’s the deelio?

A tape does exist, a well-connected source with knowledge of the case told AL.com, but the NCAA was aware of it before issuing Ole Miss an updated Notice of Allegations last week, and the tape isn’t any type of smoking gun…

The source who spoke to AL.com directly refuted the two key points in that report. The source said Lewis’ mother on that tape doesn’t ask Ole Miss for money and doesn’t mention other schools.

I see.  Other than that, though, it’s perfect, right?

Meanwhile, it looks like Ole Hugh’s got some more fish to fry.

Ole Miss signee Tae-Kion Reed was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with burglary, according to Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department Detective Capt. Ryan Rickert.

Rickert said Reed attempted to burglarize a home and remains in Lowndes County Jail as of Wednesday morning. The investigation of the crime is ongoing.

Reed, 19, attends New Hope and is a three-star defensive tackle prospect, according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings.

“We are gathering facts on the matter,” an Ole Miss spokesman said.

Lucky for them, Ole Miss has lots of experience with fact gathering.  Heckuvan offseason you’re having there, Rebels.

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Today, in WTF

I mean, damn, just damn.

Nothing like planning ahead, I always say.

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Not so fast, friendo.

The University of Colorado’s Board of Regents, not wanting to be tarred with the same brush as Baylor, has delayed considering Mike MacIntyre’s $16.25 million contract extension while the school reviews the coach’s handling of domestic abuse allegations levied against a former assistant coach.

Not sure where this is headed.  Regents run the risk of looking like they’re rubber stamping if the investigation is done merely to provide cover for the school.  But MacIntyre won 10 games last year and coached in the conference title game.  Colorado posted a grand total of 11 wins in the four previous seasons, so how hard do you want to make his life?

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Sad beyond words

There are times when that phrase is not a cliché.

This is one of those times.

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