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Time to put the brakes on UGA Bulldogs

By Patricia J. Priest

If you wonder why UGA defensive lineman Jalen Carter felt he could get away with driving 89 mph and faster through the streets on two occasions, consider what I have seen sanctioned in broad daylight.

Years ago, my husband and I saw the Bulldogs fly by us in two buses traveling to a game in Alabama. We were going about 65 mph, and they were gone in a flash. The two buses were dangerously close to one another and flanked by police cars. That exhilarating and dangerous trip surely signaled a green light to the players that accountability for endangering other people’s lives doesn’t always apply when football is in play.

Coach Kirby Smart said to the press recently, “We try to have education programs. Education is not enough. You have to do a great job of making sure your players understand the risks and dangers that are out there with vehicles, especially nowadays that go really fast.”

But that’s pretty much the classic “Do as I say and not as I do” stance unless they put an end to that ritual of speeding off to play in big-stakes games.

And the police of course sometimes treat reckless speeding with a light hand because of the potential negative publicity for the player and the university. The officer who pulled over Carter the first time said, “Your break is that you’re not going to jail because it will make all kind of news.”

Now two people connected to the team have died. Further tragedies are likely to be careening toward us until UGA and the police stop treating reckless speeding like it’s all part of the game.

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Foster West
Foster West
25 ก.ย. 2566

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Thank you for speaking truth to power.




Joe Williams
Joe Williams
18 มี.ค. 2566

Dear STFU digits,

I understand your points, but they are a bit off. aggravated assault carries a harsher sentence in GA than attempted murder. In GA , if you are found guilty of attempted anything, you can get only half of the sentence you would get if you COMPLETED the act. The victim was alive, so agg assault was the correct charge. He dies; he was then charged with murder. Again, the correct charge. Ref charging agg assault for everyone there, I’m pretty sure everyone that could flee, did. Thugs don’t stick around to give their names to LE. They’d rather take care of things themselves. (retaliation). Had the owners of the location not rented the place out to …

19 มี.ค. 2566

"Attempted murder only applies to attempting to murder a witness, officer, judge, etc during a judicial procedure".

Who ties your shoes?


Actually, it is time to put the brakes on our district attorney. I look forward to you also expressing your concerns about the crime resulting in deaths in Athens from the repeat offenders.

We are all waiting....

The sitcom continues.

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