4 UGA football players arrested on theft charges

The four players involved are safety Tray Matthews, receiver Uriah LeMay and linemen James DeLoach and Jonathan Taylor
The four players involved are safety Tray Matthews, receiver Uriah LeMay and linemen James DeLoach and Jonathan Taylor

Once again the University of Georgia is faced with a scandal involving players and criminal activity. This time the crime is check fraud. Four UGA players were arrested for misdemeanor theft by deception for repeatedly cashing their stipend check. Tray Matthews, James DeLoach and Jonathan Taylor were depositing checks they received from the UGA Athletic Association on their mobile phone banking apps and subsequently taking them to a local convenience store to cash them there as well. Another player, Uriah LeMay, was retrieving a roommate’s already-processed check and cashing it at a convenience store. All four players were charged with theft by deception and their bail ranged from $3,000- $6,000.

The arrest did not stop the players from participating in the team’s first spring practice this week. University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt stated, “I am aware of the situation … it will be handled in an appropriate way.” What method of discipline will be administered is not known because per UGA policy, “the head coach is responsible for imposing whatever discipline measures he/she deems appropriate.”

UGA has had a troubled football program when it comes to handling young black players. Players have been arrested for drug possession, illegal handgun possession and theft over the past three years.  Many players with serious infractions have quietly transferred to other schools.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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