Chauncey Rivers, Georgia Football Player, Dismissed for Marijuana Possession

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2016

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Georgia defensive lineman Chauncey Rivers was dismissed from the team Friday after an arrest for marijuana possession two days before, marking his third such incident over the past seven months. 

According to Seth Emerson of, DeKalb County, Georgia, jail records show that Rivers was charged with a felony violation of Georgia’s Controlled Substances Act, misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, parking in a disabled parking spot and keeping drugs in a container.

Per Emerson, the team dismissed Rivers in accordance with the school's student-athlete drug policy. Head coach Kirby Smart commented on the matter:

It's extremely disappointing. He's been given previous opportunities to remain on our football team but continues to exhibit a lack of good judgment and commitment to the standards we require and expect from our players. He's put himself in a difficult position but we hope he finds a path that will provide some direction in his future.

Rivers was released from jail Thursday.

He was already set to miss the first three games of the 2016 season because of marijuana arrests in November and December, according to Emerson. His second arrest led to a four-game suspension, with the first game of that ban already served last season.

The Stone Mountain, Georgia, native played sparingly last season, registering just four tackles as a freshman.

While his absence is unlikely to make a significant impact, it does deplete Georgia's defensive line depth and takes away a special teams contributor.

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Georgia's 2016 recruiting class ranks seventh in the nation, per 247Sports' composite rankings, however, which means reinforcements should be on the way.

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