How does the old saying go? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. I guess “fool me three times and you get dismissed from the football team.” That is exactly what happened to Georgia defensive lineman Chauncey Rivers.
On Wednesday, Rivers was arrested for marijuana possession and subsequently dismissed from the team Friday morning. This had a lot to do with it being his third arrest in the last seven months, which violates the school’s student-athlete drug policy and calls for an immediate dismissal.
“It’s extremely disappointing,” head coach Kirby Smart said in a statement obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “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 played four games during his freshman season last year and was looking to be a big part of the Bulldogs’ defense under new defensive coordinator Mel Brooks. He had a minimal effect on the team’s season with only four tackles on the year, but he was expected to grow and be a big piece for the team.
Chauncey Rivers, a four-star member of the team’s 2015 class, was served a four-game suspension after his second arrest last year. He missed the TaxSlayer Bowl and was set to miss the first three games of the 2016 season.
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