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Bar Fights and Arrests: The Troubling Story of Georgia Football’s Offseason
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With the NCAA Tournament dominating the vast majority of headlines these days, from amazing buzzer-beaters to emotional speeches, college football is often an afterthought. However, spring practices are in full swing and one of the country’s top teams cannot seem to stay out of the news for all of the wrong reasons.

The Georgia Bulldogs of the always-dominant SEC is expected to have one of the nation’s best teams once again in 2019. Head coach Kirby Smart has the program running at such a high level, but that’s not stopping some of their players from getting into trouble with the law.

Less than a month ago, Georgia redshirt freshman safety Latavious Brini was arrested and charged with simple battery for allegedly slapping a man outside of an Athens bar, according to NBC Sports. Then, linebacker Jaden Hunter was arrested for driving with a suspended license. You can now add senior wide receiver Tyler Simmons and freshman cornerback Tyrique Stevenson to the list of arrests.

According to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, both Simmons and Stevenson were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly fighting with the employees of Cloud Bar in Athens.

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Stevenson, a high-profile recruit from Homestead, Florida and an early enrollee in Georgia’s star-studded recruiting class, was initially charged. However, according to The Athletic’s Seth Emerson, Simmons was also charged but was not booked into jail because he was taken to the hospital.

It is unknown the extent of the injuries for Simmons, who caught nine passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns in 2018.

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In a statement released Monday by the ACCPD, an off-duty officer at the bar was alerted a fight was taking place. He called for back-up as the fight involving a number of bar staff members were “spilling out onto the sidewalk and street.”

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No matter how good Georgia is supposed to be next season, this is obviously a pretty terrible look for the program that can’t stop getting into bar fights and into trouble during the offseason.

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With over 10 years of sports writing experience, Brett has covered some of the top local, regional, and national sporting events in the Heartland for both print and digital platforms. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and resides in Austin, Texas.
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