December has not been kind to Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Natrez Patrick. Following an SEC Championship game victory over the Auburn Tigers, Patrick and teammate Jayson Stanley were arrested and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and, despite the fact that charges have been dropped in that case, the talented linebacker is not yet out of the woods.
Seth Emerson of Dawg Nation brings word that Patrick is now facing a potential probation violation stemming from the previous arrest. The report cites Athens-Clarke County solicitor C.R. Chisholm and indicates that Patrick’s arrest automatically triggered a drug test that reportedly came back positive. It is important to note that Patrick will seemingly fight that test as simply an “allegation” but, in the same breath, this is not the best optics, even with the caveat that he reportedly passed a drug test given by the University of Georgia following the arrest on Dec. 2.
At this point, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding this case, especially given the conflicting drug test results at this time. Patrick is a key member of the Georgia defense and, while he appears to be on track to participate in the College Football Playoff at this point, it is certainly a situation worth monitoring in the very near future.