April 5, 2010

Police say no football players involved

Athens-Clarke County police released a statement late Monday afternoon, confirming that their investigation has revealed that no Georgia football players took part in a March 28 incident when four men allegedly threatened and hit a married couple as they returned in a taxi from a downtown Athens bar.

Police did confirm that a member of the Bulldog football program was in the vehicle, but acted as a peacemaker during the incident and tried to keep the alleged series of events from taking place.

"One football player was in the taxi, but the investigation revealed he acted as a peacemaker and tried to calm the situation," police said in the statement. "The other males have been identified as residents of Heard County and warrants are pending."

The statement said additional information will be released when warrants are issued."

The identity of the UGA football player was not named in the statement, but UGASports has confirmed through three sources speaking on condition of anonymity that the player in the taxi who tried to difuse the situation was backup running back Dontavius Jackson, who starred at Heard County High.

It is not yet known, what - if any punishment - Jackson might face for his being at the scene.

UGA's sports information office said that head coach Mark Richt would possibly comment on the incident later Tuesday evening.

The incident in question took place last week when a married University couple told police they were victims of simple battery and terroristic threats during an incident March 28 as they rode to their home in a A&A taxi at 2:04 a.m.

According to the police report, one of the men hit the husband in the back of his head and allegedly told him not to turn around "If he wanted to live."

The police report also stated the woman was also slapped by one of the men, who also made offensive sexual comments to her before the couple was dropped off at their home.

The accompanying police report claimed at least one of the perpetrators was a "football player" although no names were given.

"That's the whole thing. Right now it's speculation. We don't know anything for sure but I'm aware of the report," Richt said last Friday. "I'm just waiting to see what happens from here, really. I don't want to over or under-react at this point."

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