Details emerge: Georgia receiver arrested on reckless driving and speeding charges, 90 in 45 mph zone
ATHENS — Georgia receiver Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint has been arrested on reckless driving and “maximum limits” speeding charges.
The senior from Pompano Beach, Fla., was arrested on the misdemeanor charges at 4:33 p.m. on Tuesday by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and released at 5:28 pm. per the jail booking recap report.
Per the ACC-Police Department,:
“At approximately 3:18PM, an officer was conducting speed detection in the 2600 block of Atlanta Highway when the officer noticed a black Dodge Charger traveling eastbound on Atlanta Highway at a high rate of speed. The officer estimated the vehicle to be going 90 miles per hour and confirmed such with a speed detection lidar. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver, Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, was arrested for speeding and reckless driving.”
It’s a trend Coach Kirby Smart has not been able to put the brakes on despite taking measures to educate.
“We brought in Athens Clarke County police and UGA police to address a lot of these issues with our team in a team meeting setting,” Smart said in a March 14 press conference, “and played some video of things that were going on in Atlanta drag racing and things.”
Two of the four players who have been arrested this offseason on driving related issues were arrested after Smart spoke of the educational videos that were shown to the team.
It has been a turbulent offseason for the Bulldogs football team with the tragic deaths of offensive guard Devin Willock and recruiting staffer Chandler LeCroy in January.
Investigators found that LeCroy was speeding excessively, reaching 104 mph, just before a fatal crash that occurred after a night of celebrating following Georgia holding a championship parade and celebration at Sanford Stadium.
Former Georgia defensive lineman and current Philadelphia Eagles first-round pick Jalen Carter took part in the parade and celebration and was also at the scene of the fatal wreck in the early morning hours after team celebrations.
Carter was arrested on March 1 on charges of racing and reckless driving in an incident related to that Jan. 15 crash that killed Willock and LeCroy.
Carter was driving 100 mph in a 35 mph zone on the night of the crash, according to an AJC.com story, which reported video footage showed his vehicle driving side-by-side with LeCroy at one point on the night the wreck occurred.
Carter later struck a plea bargain that would ensure no jail time, clearing the way for him to be a first-round NFL draft pick.
Smart made clear the racing and speeding arrests were being taking seriously at that time.
“We try to educate and make sure our players understand those risks, but the ongoing part of that is to continue to educate them and let them know,” Smart said. “That’s a programming piece for us we do in the fall and then we could in the spring. The two times where we’re really down for football we spend a lot of time educating our players of the dangers they can get into, and that’s one that we’ll continue to do, and we treat it very seriously.”
Georgia had its third player arrested for speeding this year when sophomore De’Nylon Morrissette was arrested less than two weeks ago.
Morrissette, on May 10, was taken in on charges of driving too fast for conditions, following too closely and driving under the influence of drugs, per the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department.
Smart did not issue a statement about Morrissette, or any potential discipline for the players who have been charge with the speeding crimes since the deadly accident involving Willock and LeCroy.
Smart indicated that Georgia team captain Jamon Dumas-Johnson had faced internal discipline after his Feb. 23 arrest on charges of street racing and reckless driving on Jan. 10.
UGA officials issued a release after Dumas-Johnson’s arrest.
“We are aware of a report relating to a January 10 incident on College Station Road involving one of our student-athletes. The alleged conduct does not reflect our program’s values or the high standards we have established. As this is an open matter involving a student, we are not able to provide any additional information at this time and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement.”
Officials have yet to comment on the arrest of Rosemy-Jacksaint, who is a projected starter at the “X” receiver position for the preseason No. 1-favored Bulldogs.
Smart, however, has stood firm that his program is no less disciplined than when he first took over for Mark Richt.
“The standards have been created here for a long time and that doesn’t change, (and) we want our players to live up to those and mistakes they make, we treat them like we do our kids,” Smart said in the opening spring football press conference. “We discipline them, we try to prevent them, we try to educate them. We try to do all we can to help our student-athletes in a positive way.
“Our team is a very disciplined team, they’ll do what they’re supposed to do when they’re supposed to do it, and when they don’t, they’re going to face the repercussions of that.”
Rosemy-Jacksaint is a two-time team captain and had 29 catches for 337 yards and two touchdowns last season and appeared to be ahead of Mississippi State transfer Rara Thomas at the end of spring drills.
Thomas played special teams in the G-Day Spring Scrimmage, but he did not see action at receiver.
Thomas was arrested on charges related to a domestic incident in his dorm shortly after arriving on the UGA campus, but a felony charge was dropped in March per AJC.com, and the receiver entered a pre-trial diversion program to have a misdemeanor batter charge dropped.
“Anytime we have a player disciplined with law enforcement we discipline them,” Smart said this spring. “That’s very commonplace.”
Smart is expected to take questions from the media at the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Fla., beginning on May 30.
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