Members of the Georgia Bulldogs football team continue to drive dangerously. This time, it’s someone who has yet to play an addon for them.
Freshman linebacker Samuel M’Pemba was cited for allegedly driving 88 mph in a 55 mph zone on Wednesday.
The Athens Banner-Herald reported that M’Pemba received a ticket 10 miles from where Georgia wide receiver Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint pleaded guilty to speeding an hour earlier.
However, this is far from the biggest legal trouble team members have been in in recent months. Jalen Carter, the ninth overall pick in the latest NFL draft, was the driver of a vehicle competing with another car carrying Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock and recruiting staffer Chandler LeCroy. The car carrying Willock and LeCroy crashed after traveling at speeds of over 100 mph, killing both.
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Carter was charged with two misdemeanor reckless driving and racing, and did not disagree. He was sentenced to 12 months probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. Carter has also been ordered to serve 80 hours of community service and will have to complete a state-approved defensive driving course.
Carter was also arrested for being «reckless» in September. During that incident, an officer said that Carter was the third Georgia football player he had stopped in two days, and that he had stopped Dylan Fairchild «a minute ago» for «making 70» in the same area.
In February, youth linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson was charged with what police described as street racing. Freshman catcher De’Nylon Morrissette was taken into police custody after authorities observed him «driving too fast for the conditions.» He was also charged with drunk driving and two additional misdemeanors.
Body camera footage obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution showed a police officer berating Morrissette. During the video, the officer referenced the deaths of Willock and LeCroy.
«You have to slow down,» the officer told Morrissette. «We’ve been contacting all of you, a lot. You obviously know about the other accident and stuff. You need to slow down. I’m sure Kirby wouldn’t be happy about all this.»
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Stetson Bennett, who was arrested in January for public intoxication and was drafted by the Rams in the fourth round, says the Bulldogs don’t have a culture problem.
“Those were individual mistakes for which those individuals are responsible. It’s not a cultural problem,” she said. in the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.
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«Absolutely not. I’d say we’re far from it,» Kirby Smart said when asked the same thing. «When you talk to people outside of our program that come into it, they talk about what a great culture we have and we do an amazing job. Because I have a lot of outside entities that come into our program and pour into these young people.»
Smart addressed the recent issues in May and said his players would be punished.
«Everybody wants to know what the penalty is. Well, the players know what the penalty is,» Smart said at the time. «And that’s important for our guys to recognize and understand. But I want to educate more. I want to make sure they understand.»
Fox News’ Chantz Martin contributed to this report.