Georgia WR Riley Ridley Arrested for Possession of Marijuana

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ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 12: Wide receiver Riley Ridley #8 of the Georgia Bulldogs attempts to catch a pass prior to their game against the Auburn Tigers at Sanford Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Athens, Georgia. The Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Auburn Tigers 13-7. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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Georgia Bulldogs sophomore wide receiver Riley Ridley was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana Saturday night, according to Anthony Dasher of UGASports.com.

Ridley had less than an ounce of marijuana when he was arrested, per an Athens Clarke-County police report.

Ridley was released early Sunday morning on a $1,000 bond.

DawgNation.com's Seth Emerson reported additional details on the arrest:

Officer Chase Pate of the ACCPD wrote that he pulled over a white Camaro after it failed to yield at the intersection of Baxter and Alps Road. The drive of the car turned out to be Alexis Turner, a 22-year-old female. Ridley was riding in the passenger seat.

Pate wrote that 'the odor of raw marijuana was present and coming from the window,' and then requested a backup officer. During that time, 'Ridley explained that he was an athlete and he requested to call someone to help the traffic stop ‘go a whole lot smoother,’ the officer wrote.

When the backup officer came, Turner and Ridley left the vehicle and a search was conducted, finding 'multiple small bags of marijuana.'

Ridley then told the officer that Turner had not consumed anything, she was just anxious about the traffic stop. The officer then wrote that Ridley made 'several comments implying that the results of the traffic stop were going to hurt his career as an athlete.'

When Ridley was advised of his Miranda rights, he agreed to speak with police regarding the incident.

'Ridley explained that he and Turner had smoked marijuana earlier in the day before going to Six Flags over Georgia,' officer Pate wrote. 'They had bought the marijuana in Florida near his hometown of Ft. Lauderdale. During the course of my investigation it was discovered that marijuana was located in the passenger side door near the speaker. Initially Turner stated that all of the marijuana was (hers) but later retracted that statement.'

As Jason Butt of the Macon Telegraph noted, "Per the University of Georgia student-athlete handbook, a misdemeanor marijuana arrest will result in a one-game suspension for a football player."

If that punishment is levied immediately, Ridley would miss the team's opening game of the 2017 season against Appalachian State.

Ridley caught 12 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman in 2016. He is the younger brother of former Alabama Crimson Tide star wideout Calvin Ridley and is expected to be in the mix for a starting position at wide receiver in 2017.