It must feel like deja vu for the Georgia Bulldogs, as another player has found trouble by smoking marijuana in a dormitory.
As reported by Chip Towers of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley was cited Wednesday night for "possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession/use of a drug object."
UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 1, 3:07 p.m. ET
Georgia head coach Mark Richt has now released a statement on the arrest of Scott-Wesley, as tweeted by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Richt statement: "I'm disappointed in the news about Justin. We will discipline him according to our policy. We will also educate him . . .— AJC UGA (@ajcuga) November 1, 2013
"...provide him counsel so he can learn from this and be able to move forward in a very positive direction. I'm confident he will respond...— AJC UGA (@ajcuga) November 1, 2013
". . . properly to the correction process." -- Mark Richt on Justin Scott-Wesley's arrest for marijuana possession.— AJC UGA (@ajcuga) November 1, 2013
--End of update--
According to Towers, housing personnel smelled the odor of marijuana coming from his room in Rooker Hall. Towers cited police records for details of the incident:
According to police records, UGA Police officer Matt Browning was dispatched to the dormitory at 10:41 p.m., Wednesday. The officer traced the smell on the first floor of the dorm to Scott-Wesley’s room. After Scott-Wesley was confronted and admitted to smoking marijuana, he grudgingly gave consent to search his room and a glass pipe and marijuana “grinder” were located in a desk drawer. No significant quantities of marijuana were found but the residue in the grinder resulted in the possession charges, according to the report.
An arrest warrant wasn't issued until Thursday morning. Towers quoted UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson explaining the common practice in student disciplinary situations:
If there are no safety issues for the person or other parties and no urgency with result of the situation at that moment, it’s common for officers to get all the information, do what they need to do and just sign a warrant the next morning. That allows (students) to deal with it during working hours and not have to miss classes or anything.
According to Towers' report, Scott-Wesley turned himself in to the Athens-Clarke County Jail at 4:19 p.m. ET on Thursday. He was booked under his given name, Justin Bernard Wesley, and was released three hours later on $4,000 bond.
As of the time of the report, UGA has not made an official comment on the situation. The team and athletic department personnel are in Jacksonville for this weekend's Florida-Georgia game.
His situation is similar to one involving safety Josh Harvey-Clemons and tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith in the spring. The two admitted to smoking marijuana in a dorm in May and, though they weren't arrested, they faced disciplinary action within the program. Flournoy-Smith, who also had a prior arrest, was dismissed from the team and Harvey-Clemons missed the Bulldogs' season opener against Clemson.
It is unclear what type of disciplinary action Scott-Wesley will face. The redshirt sophomore underwent surgery to repair a knee injury earlier this month and is already set to miss the remainder of the season.
I wish I could go home. I miss Camilla, and a change of scenery would be good for me.— Justin Scott-Wesley (@J_Dub86) November 1, 2013
The speedster from Camilla, Ga. showed much promise this season, tallying 311 yards and two touchdowns on 16 receptions. He is currently UGA's No. 2 receiver for the year, despite playing in just five games.
While this won't have any immediate impact on the UGA roster, additional distractions are certainly not needed. The injury-riddled Dawgs are losers of two straight and face a crucial contest with rival Florida at this weekend.