A new investigation into the Georgia Bulldogs football program has revealed a worrying trend.
While Georgia has been absolutely dominant on the field, putting together a 29-1 record over the past two seasons and winning two consecutive national championships, things aren’t quite so rosy off the field.
The university suffered a tragic loss right after beating TCU in the most recent national title game, with a player and a staffer losing their lives in a fatal accident. Jalen Carter, who was a top prospect at the time, landed himself in trouble with the law due to his involvement.
Carter has since been drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. But, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, traffic offenses have become prevalent among players since head coach Kirby Smart was hired as the team’s head coach in 2015.
“Since Kirby Smart became Georgia’s head coach in late 2015, dozens of players have engaged in reckless, often lawless behavior that put them and others in jeopardy: excessive speeding, street racing and driving under the influence, among other offenses,” the report notes.
It’s also pointed out that some players are known to have brought illegal weapons on campus while some have engaged in bar fights, with others getting charged with domestic violence and sexual assault.
Despite the above, suspensions and dismissals are reported to be rare as Smart lets players off the hook easily and hardly discloses punishments.
The report adds:
“Everybody wants to know what the punishment is,” Smart said after a recent string of arrests. “Well, the players know what the punishment is.”
While this isn’t a great look for the program, Smart won’t incur much wrath as long as he keeps winning football games.
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