ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart can breathe a sigh of relief, as no other Bulldogs’ players are expected to be charged as a result of last Sunday morning’s skirmish in downtown Athens.
Smart had said on Tuesday that other players were there at the time the disturbance broke out at 12:50 a.m., but he didn’t believe any others were involved.
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department released a statement that it has concluded its investigation “and at this time, determined that no additional individuals will be charged.”
The disorderly conduct charges brought against senior receiver Tyler Simmons and freshman Tyrique Stevenson will proceed through the court process, according to the ACCPD statement.
Witnesses identified Simmons and Stevenson fighting with the bar staff in a what was described as a “chaotic” scene that spilled out into the street.
Both Simmons and Stevenson were transported to jail, with Simmons also taken to the hospital for treatment on what Smart said he believed was an ear injury.
Smart indicated on Tuesday the players would be disciplined internally.
“My concerns are the decisions that are made to put yourself in that situation,” Smart said. “When you go downtown you’ve got to behave. You’ve got to act the right way and be law-abiding citizens. That’s the expectations we have for our players, and to be honest with you, most of our guys do that.
“But when they don’t, we’re going to try to correct it, and we’re going to try to do it the educational way.”
Simmons is expected to be a key contributor in the Georgia football receiving corps this upcoming season.
“Ironically, Tyler Simmons has played well,” Smart said on Tuesday. “He’s really competitive. He’s fast. He gets on top of us. He’s done some good things.”
The Bulldogs lost four of the top five receivers from last season’s 11-3 team.
Stevenson is a 5-star early enrollee who plays defensive back.
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