Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick and receiver Jayson Stanley were arrested just hours after the team’s win over Auburn in the SEC Championship Game, and now bodycam footage of the arrests has been released that could spark questions.
Both players were charged with possession of marijuana. Stanley, who was at the wheel in the Camaro, was also charged with DUI and speeding to go with possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
Patrick faces the same possession charges, and the consequences for him could be costly as he’s already been suspended two other times on marijuana charges.
According to the UGA student-athlete handbook, a third strike would result in Patrick being kicked off the team.
Here’s a look at the two players after they were pulled over by Barrow County police officers. Patrick is wearing red, and Stanley is wearing black. At about the 1:10 mark, you can see Stanley pointing out that it’s his car and pleads with an officer on Patrick’s behalf.
“It’s my car, though. Please, please, please. If you’ve got a heart, please listen,” Stanley said. “Please, if you’ve got a heart, we’ve been through the biggest s— of our life. We’re sorry. We not no bad kids. That’s the end for him, man! If we go to jail, that’s it, man, his career, bruh! That’s his life, his family …”
For Patrick, the fact that some of the marijuana was on and around his seat — in Stanley’s car — and not on his (Patrick’s) person, could be a possible defense for him in court.
Both players started last Saturday’s game. Patrick finished with 3 tackles, while Stanley didn’t have a catch but got snaps on offense and special teams.
Patrick was first arrested two years ago as a freshman. His second came earlier this season, leading to a four-game suspension. However, Patrick has started the past two games and seven overall, and he’s sixth on the team with 35 tackles.
This is Stanley’s first known arrest. The UGA student-athlete handbook says a DUI would lead to a two-game suspension for a football player.