Georgia dismisses DE Chauncey Rivers after third marijuana arrest
The Georgia Bulldogs have dismissed defensive end Chauncey Rivers after he was arrested for marijuana possession for the third time in the span of seven months, a school spokesman confirmed Friday.
“It’s extremely disappointing,” head coach Kirby Smart said in a statement. “He’s been given previous opportunities to remain on our football team but continues to exhibit a lack of good judgment and commitment to the standards we require and expect from our players. He’s put himself in a difficult position but we hope he finds a path that will provide some direction in his future.”
According to the university’s student-athlete drug policy, students will be dismissed following a third violation.
Rivers was charged with a felony violation of Georgia’s Controlled Substance Act, and three misdemeanors—possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, parking in a disabled spot and keeping drugs in a container. He was booked on Wednesday and released on Thursday.
The defensive end played in four games last season as a freshman. He had already been suspended for the first three games of the upcoming season due to his second marijuana related arrest.