Natrez Patrick May Avoid Suspension After All

Natrez Patrick May Avoid Suspension After All

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Natrez Patrick May Avoid Suspension After All

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Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick’s marijuana charge has been dropped

Natrez Patrick has had his marijuana charge dropped and the Georgia inside linebacker may avoid suspension after all, which would make him eligible to play in the Rose Bowl.

When linebacker Natrez Patrick (possession of pot) and wide receiver Jayson Stanley (possession of pot, speeding and DUI) were arrested on the night of the SEC Championship Game, bodycam footage showed Stanley begging the arresting officers to put all the blame on him since it was his car. Stanley would later add that Patrick’s football career may be in jeopardy with a third arrest.

On Thursday morning, it was reported by ESPN’s Mark Schlabach that Patrick has had the marijuana charge dropped.

This would have been Patrick’s third arrest, and per Georgia policy, a third arrest results in dismissal from the program. With the news of the charge being dropped, Patrick will likely duck a dismissal and possibly avoid a suspension as well.

Patrick’s attorney, Billy Healan, released this statement on Thursday following their court date.

Patrick was a passenger in Stanley’s car that was pulled over for speeding on December 2nd. Stanley was charged with a DUI, speeding and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

On Thursday, the district attorney also dropped Stanley’s DUI charges. Stanley agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana and speeding, though.

The fact that the car did not belong to Patrick and that he did not have any marijuana on his person seemed to benefit Patrick.

Patrick’s attorney, William Healan III of Winder, told ESPN that officers arrested Patrick after discovering a loose leaf of marijuana in the passenger’s seat of Stanley’s car, wrote Schlabach. Healan said the leaf was smaller than a penny.

“When you get into someone’s car, you’re not going to search it to see if there’s marijuana in the car,” Healan said. “My client didn’t know the marijuana was there. If you’re sitting on a little piece of marijuana that you didn’t know was there, you’re not knowingly in possession of it.”

We will watch closely to see how Kirby Smart responds to this. Going by Georgia policy, Patrick should be able to play in the Rose Bowl, but that decision ultimately comes down to Smart, who has not commented much on the arrest since it took place. I expect Patrick to be disciplined internally.

Patrick’s lawyer sees no reason why he should not be able to play against Oklahoma.

“Obviously, the coaches are going to have make that decision,” Healan said to Schlabach. “But from my perspective as his attorney, he didn’t do anything wrong and didn’t commit a crime. It would be a shame to see someone punished after he was cleared in a court of law.”

Jayson Stanley…

On Thursday, the district attorney also dropped Stanley’s DUI charges. Stanley agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana and speeding, though.

The talented special teamer will likely miss the Rose Bowl after pleading guilty to the marijuana charge.

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