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Georgia fan arrested for pulling gun on man who wagered against the Bulldogs

Malik Kenneth Curran

By Joe Johnson

A Georgia fan reportedly was arrested Sunday morning after he pulled a gun on someone who had bet against the University of Georgia Bulldogs in their game versus the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.

According to Athens-Clarke County police, officers responded at about 1:20 a.m. to the 100 block of West Clayton Street on a report of a man with a gun.

Upon arrival they met with a 21-year-old man from Tennessee who said that he was talking with friends on the sidewalk when Malik Curran came along and interjected himself in the conversation in a hostile manner, according to police.

When Curran learned that the Tennessean had wagered a bet against Georgia winning the football game, police said, he became angry and pulled a gun from his pocket, inserted a magazine, racked a round into the chamber and pointed it at the other man and his friends.

Georgia had defeated their SEC football rivals in a game the previous afternoon at UGA’s Sanford Stadium in Athens.

According to police, the allegations were corroborated by a video of the incident that was taken by a witness, and when officers found and detained Curran they found him in possession of a gun, and the 25-year-old Monroe resident “spontaneously uttered” that he was a convicted felon and he had stolen the gun from his cousin.

Curran was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, according to police, who said additional investigation was needed to substantiate the offender's claim that he was a felon in possession of a stolen firearm.

As of Thursday morning, Curran was being held at the county jail without bail having been set for his release.

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