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Vroom vroom

Just like the football program, the quality of legal support in Gainesville, Florida is on the decline.

A judge on Wednesday gave a homework assignment to Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson – an essay explaining his reason for speeding 105 mph and what he learned after spending 12 hours in traffic school.

Alachua County Court Judge Meshon Rawls also fined Richardson $349 after his lawyer entered a plea of no contest to a charge of speeding at least 30 mph over the limit.

The judge appeared dissatisfied with Richardson’s explanation about why he was driving so fast, that he wasn’t paying attention when a sheriff’s deputy stopped him at 4:11 a.m. on April 4.

“I just remember driving home that night,” Richardson said during his court hearing. “I was putting in my maps, and I didn’t realize I was going that fast because I looked up and seen blue lights, and that’s pretty much all I remember.”

Richardson’s lawyer, Joshua Houston, asked the judge not to assess points against the player’s driver’s license. The judge balked after she learned that just weeks before Richardson was ticketed for 105 mph in Florida, he was also ticketed for driving 90 mph on an interstate in Georgia in a 70 mph zone.

“I don’t think there is a compelling circumstance or explanation for 105 mph,” Rawls said.

It wasn’t clear why Richardson’s lawyers didn’t better prepare the player to explicitly apologize, express regret or offer a fuller, more credible explanation for driving so fast.

Shit, Huntley Johnson would have had this matter wrapped up before breakfast, without a pesky hearing in front of a skeptical judge.  So much for the Gator Standard.  I tells ‘ya, there’s no way Corch would have tolerated this kind of sloppy criminal defense work.

Still, there is some good news for AR15.  He should be able to cover that fine amount in the near future.

The judge said she would reconsider whether to assess points against Richardson’s license if he submitted an essay, which Houston promised would happen within one week. Richardson – whose agent has been pursuing six- and seven-figure endorsement deals under new NCAA rules allowing athletes to earn money from their name, image and likeness – was given 60 days to pay the $349 fine.

NIL to the rescue!

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Justice, when it just means more

Somehow, this doesn’t surprise me in the slightest.

Probably just a coincidence… or maybe not.

The study showed that, during the week following an LSU upset loss, judges in Louisiana handed out significantly harsher sentences to juvenile defendants and being in a bad mood was identified as one of the primary reasons why.

“The reaction of judges to an upset loss cannot be attributed to decision fatigue of judges because the impact of an upset loss lasts for one work week. They are, however, consistent with the hypothesis that emotional stress of judges of the stress induced by their environment (their spouse, their friends, peers, and so on) after the unexpected loss is responsible for this outcome.”

And if your judge happens to be an LSU grad, to boot?

“We find that the impact is significantly larger for judges who have received their bachelor’s degrees from LSU, which is meaningful to the extent these judges have stronger emotional connections to LSU.”

Bottom line advice:  don’t get arrested during football season, young man.

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Forget it, Jake. It’s Athens.

I see Mudcat’s car is at it again.

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Kids these days

Warren, Warren, Warren

A TikTok Challenge gone awry has landed Georgia defensive lineman Warren Brinson in hot water with local authorities.

Thursday night, the Savannah native turned himself in to the Athens Clarke-County jail on a pair of misdemeanor charges of simple battery after shooting a toy water bead gel gun, also known as a SplatRBall, at a group of individuals on campus.

A source tells UGASports that Brinson was allegedly taking part in what’s known as the “Orbeez Challenge” on TikTok, where participants are encouraged to use the toys to shoot water gel beads at strangers while recording.

In a message to UGASports, Brinson explained that he was in his vehicle when he pulled up to a group of people that he thought he knew. Brinson told UGASports he was mistaken, and charges were filed by the individuals who were hit by the gel beads after they called the UGA police.

“In his vehicle”.  I guess we know who’s driving Mudcat’s car this season.

I have the feeling the internal punishment for this will be more severe than the external.

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It’s coming from inside the house.

It looks like somebody started their own personal reserve fund.

University of Georgia police are investigating an alleged act of financial fraud committed within the athletic association’s development office earlier this year.

The police department opened an investigation on Feb. 1 in response to a complaint filed by Ford Williams, UGA’s executive associate director for major gifts. Police suspect an unknown individual committed identity theft and fraud by using counterfeit info to solicit money from UGA donors and directing it into personal accounts. The amount of money involved was not included in the report…

It is believed that the act was committed by someone employed in UGA’s development office, according to a person familiar with the situation.

An inside job!  Probably figured B-M would just round up a few Magill Society folks to make up the shortfall.

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NFL-worthy until proven guilty.

Woo, boy, this is gonna be awkward.

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Note to Josh Brooks

After years of this, can we not get a Department of Driver Services Customer Service Center opened in Butts-Mehre?  Sure would cut down on the arrests, methinks.

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Adios, Mr. Anderson

No surprise here…

There was simply no way he was coming back in a timely manner, if at all.  His departure didn’t hurt the team ultimately, so all that’s left to say is that I hope the court process plays out fairly for everyone concerned.

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Well, at least he didn’t burn a couch.

Cherry on the celebration sundae here:

A Georgia football player might have done too much celebrating after the team returned from Indianapolis from winning the national title last week.

Long snapper William Mote was arrested and faces a charge of criminal damage to property in the early morning of Jan. 12 after police allege he destroyed a single pane window of an Athens downtown law office.

Mote told Athens-Clarke County police he was intoxicated after drinking at the Silver Dollar Bar, went to see a friend and mistakenly went to the law office, according to a police incident report.

I don’t know how a friend’s place and a law office can get mixed up — William must have been one drunk dude at the time — but at least he wasn’t riding a scooter.

Vince Dooley warned us about those long snappahs.

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TFW you can’t cash in on NIL

An enterprising youngster

Jackson State football player Abdul-Malik McClain was arrested in Los Angeles on Monday after being indicted on charges of fraud relating to COVID-19 unemployment money.

McClain, 22, surrendered to federal law enforcement and was arraigned in U.S. District Court, where he pled not guilty to being the ringleader of an alleged scheme that raked in at least $227,736 in unemployment payments…

McClain, who transferred to Jackson State last December, is charged with 10 counts of mail fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft that occurred while he was a member of the Southern Cal football team.

Needless to say, they’ve no longer heard of him at Jackson State.

McClain is accused of causing “at least three dozen” fraudulent applications to be filed with the California Employment Development Department during the summer of 2020. The fraudulent applications sought at least $903,688 in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits, according to the news release. The payout was at least $227,736.

“While a member of his university’s football team, McClain organized and assisted a group of other football players in filing fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits, including under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program established by Congress in response to the pandemic’s economic fallout,” the release states. “The indictment alleges that the claims … contained false information about the football players’ supposed prior employment, pandemic-related job loss, and job-seeking efforts in California.”

Sounds like Lincoln Riley may have a small problem on his hands.

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