Georgia linebacker arrested Wednesday night in Athens, posts bond

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ATHENS — Georgia linebacker Jaden Hunter was arrested on Wednesday night and faces charges for illegally stopping, standing or parking a vehicle and driving with a suspended/revoked license.

The booking report on the Athens-Clarke County website revealed Hunter was booked at 9:04 p.m. by the UGA police and released at 11:33 p.m.

The report indicates the bonds totaled $4,000, but Hunter’s profile on the crime report indicates $1,500 was posted before he was released.

Hunter, who is from Atlanta and attended Westlake High School, has two charges of illegally stopping, standing or parking along with two charges of driving with a suspended/revoked license.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart has not commented on the arrest of Hunter, who is the son of the late Brice Hunter, an All-SEC receiver and team captain of the Bulldogs.

Hunter, a redshirt sophomore who has played in two games each of the past two seasons, is the second Georgia player arrested in the last month.

Latavious Brini was arrested and charged with simple battery — a misdemeanor level charge — after allegedly slapping a man outside of an Athens bar on Feb 28.

Brini has continued to practice with the team after Smart issued the following statement:  “This type of behavior is extremely disappointing and not representative of the standards for our football student-athletes. His discipline will be handled internally and hopefully good lessons will be learned that will lead to better choices moving forward.”

Smart and his players have talked about how players in the program hold one another accountable.

But on Tuesday, Smart indicated Georgia football leadership is a work in progress.

“I’ve never felt great about leadership at this point in time,  I didn’t feel great two years ago, I didn’t feel great last year,” Smart said. “I think you can’t find true leadership, and you can’t manipulate it. You can’t make it happen.

“It happens through adversity, and you have to create the adversity. So in the off season we try to create adversity, hey, something happened.”

Smart was talking about creating adversity in the football sense, but he, along with most other coaches, like to apply lessons learned in football to the young men’s lives.

Both players arrested this offseason line up on the defensive side of the ball, where Smart lost defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.

Tucker was a popular coach well-respected by the Georgia players, so Smart’s staff is also undergoing some leadership changes as assistants shift into different roles.

Charlton Warren is the new defensive backs coach, while linebackers coach Dan Lanning has the added responsibility of overseeing the entire defense after being promoted to the coordinator post.

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