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It’s just about that time of the year: The Georgia Bulldogs have been having too much fun.
For a team that has dealt with more off-the-field issues than Tonya Harding on and off the ice, coach Mark Richt’s crew had just gone a bit too long riding high on Cloud 9.
Freshman linebacker Matt Stagg was pulled over driving near some frat houses just before midnight on November 8, originally stopped simply for going 40 in a 25 mile-per-hour zone.
No problem, of course, until the dude actually opened his mouth.
At that point, the officer on the scene could reportedly “smell a strong odor which [he] associated with an alcoholic beverage which seemed to be emanating from the passenger side of the vehicle.”
Further hurting Stagg’s case were his nervous protestations and claims that a friend that had been in the passenger seat earlier had been drinking and the smell had simply lingered.
He also reportedly noticed “the [Stagg’s] eyes were glassy in appearance, and the driver appeared nervous as he seemed talkative … his hands and arms were at times shaking.”
At that point, the linebacker was asked to hop on out of the car for a breathalyzer, only to have to grab onto the top of the car for balance as he exited.
Not exactly a good sign for a member of coach Mark Richt’s program.
The officer on the scene then put Stagg through all the generic sobriety tests and Stagg would end up blowing a .062.
Not a problem.
Except Stagg is a freshman, and only 18 years old.
Do not pass go, go directly to jail; Clarke County Jail that is.
In what has been a dream season thus far for Richt after having to kick star running back Isaiah Crowell off the team following weapons charges, this headache comes at the worst possible time.
One assumes Stagg’s morning headache wasn’t very much fun either.
Quotes from RedAndBlack were used in this report.
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