Just when everyone thought the Georgia Bulldogs were in the clear, that Texas’ Bevo XV attacking Uga at the Sugar Bowl and PETA coming down on it was going to be the worst thing to happen this calendar year, it’s gone completely downhill ever since. In fact, it’s hard to tell what’s really going on in Athens these days with their college football program.
Whether it has been local bar fights or driving with a suspended driver’s license, four Bulldogs — defensive back Latavious Brini, linebacker Jaden Hunter, wide receiver Tyler Simmons and cornerback Tyrique Stevenson — have been arrested for off-field incidents since February 28. Go ahead and add linebackers Brenton Cox and Robert Beal to that list.
Earlier this week, just before Georgia was getting ready for another spring practice, Cox and Beal — both sophomore outside linebackers — were arrested by the University of Georgia Police Department and taken into custody by Athens-Clarke County Police Department for possession of marijuana. The arrest, which was reported by various outlets, including 247Sports, was for less than an ounce of marijuana and both were released on $1,000 on Tuesday afternoon.
Although it is just a misdemeanor charge, it’s still not a good look for the SEC program expected to challenge the Alabama Crimson Tide for the conference championship.
According to The Athletic’s Seth Emerson, the two were arrested because the marijuana was found by a maintenance worker and resident assistant, who were called to the dorm room of Georgia linebackers Cox and Beal after a complaint about a clogged toilet.
Ironically enough, they were in Room 420.
Cox, a former five-star prospect from Stockbridge, Georgia and No. 23 overall player in the 2018 class by 247Sports, recorded 20 tackles, including one sack, last season.
Beal, a former four-star prospect from Suwanee, Georgia and No. 107 overall player in the 2017 class by 247Sports, registered 15 total tackles, including one sack and one forced fumble as a redshirt freshman in 2018.
According to the Georgia student-athlete handbook, via DawgNation, a first violation means “suspension from competition for no less than 10 percent of the total sport season.” That means both players could be suspended for Georgia’s opening game at Vanderbilt on August 31.
“Obviously, I’m extremely disappointed. There’s a standard of behavior that’s expected of student-athletes at the University of Georgia and that’s not indicative of the behavior we want at the University of Georgia. It’s very obvious that those guys made poor choices and decisions. They will be disciplined, they will be disciplined internally. Obviously, both of them were cited for disorderly conduct, which I think you guys know. But we’ve got to find a way to make better choices and decisions as young men, especially if they’re going to represent this university. But those things will be handled and they will be handled the right way.”
— Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, via 247Sports
Every time you turn around, it seems like someone another Georgia football is getting in trouble with the law. And just think, the latest incident involving two outside linebackers is all because of a clogged toilet in a dorm room…