Georgia dismisses Jonathan Taylor following assault charge

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

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Arrested on Tuesday, dismissed from the team on Wednesday.

That's the story for Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor, who was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with felony aggravated assault/family violence. It was the second time Taylor had been arrested this off-season, as he was one of four players charged with fraud in March after cashing student stipend checks twice. The latest charges against him were a bit more extreme.

From the Athens Banner-Herald:

University of Georgia police and emergency medical services were dispatched at 2:47 a.m. to meet a possible victim at Busbee Hall. The call came from a third party. Police met with the victim and third party at Busbee.

There was evidence that the female victim had been "possibly strangled by the offender," in the incident in Taylor's dorm room, Williamson said. There was evidence that the victim and another individual had been involved in an argument in McWhorter Hall, police said. Officers determined an established relationship and "co-habitation" with Taylor and the victim.

The victim is a UGA student not enrolled in summer school.

The Macon Telegraph reported Wednesday that Taylor spent 28 hours in jail before being released Wednesday afternoon. A couple of hours after his release from jail, he was dismissed from the football team.

Taylor was expected to be a backup nose tackle for the Bulldogs, and had been listed third on the depth chart before his release.

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