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Caleb King jailed on Monday morning

Posted on: October 11, 2010 11:23 am
Postedy by Tom Fornelli

Mark Richt woke up on Sunday morning with a smile on his face.  The sun was brighter, the flowers smelled better and his breakfast was tastier than it had been in months.  He finally had a victory to celebrate and got to spend a day not worrying if his team's latest loss would cost him his job.

He got a whole 24 hours to be happy. 

Then on Monday morning he found out that his running back Caleb King was in jail for failing to appear in court for a speeding ticket.  King was pulled over for doing 76 mph in a 55 mph zone on June 20, and had a court date for the ticket on August 6.  Which, obviously, he didn't show up for and had a warrant issued for his arrest.

"I was hoping that someone would pay his bond up there in Clarke County and we wouldn't even have to pick him up," said Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman early Monday morning. "But as of right now, no one has paid it, so I've got a deputy en route to pick him up."

According to a Georgia spokesman, Mark Richt is aware of King's arrest and is "continuing to gather information."  King is the eleventh Georgia football player to be arrested since March, and though speeding isn't exactly a terrible crime, it's not something Richt wants to deal with at the moment either.

King has rushed for 228 yards and a touchdown for Georgia this season.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2010 4:00 pm

Caleb King jailed on Monday morning


I do live in Walton County and I did pay the $300 ticket. Just saying....if it was anybody else no one would even blink or care.

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2010 2:16 pm

Caleb King jailed on Monday morning

I'd be surprised if Georgia doesn't allow speeders the alternative of taking a online course instead of a fine. This jock arrests thing is so bogus that it's created a business  There's all this hyperventilating about the number of arrests by football players. But arrests for what and how are they resolved? In the real world a lot of these so called transgressions are simply dismissed or the defendasnt required to do community service or some such. And anyway, sports fans, if a Journalism student is hauled in for a traffic violation or for that matter is arrested for some felony who hears about that and does the JM Deparement and its dean get blamed? For God's sake we live in a TMZ and National Enquirer Society and more's the pity.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2010 2:06 pm

Caleb King jailed on Monday morning

Nice spin wolfdawg, but not honest.  He was not arrested for a speeding, he was arrested for failure to appear.  Judges do not take kindly to being blown off.  You think a college football player is the busiest person in the world?  The court is open all day, and he could have dropped by at any time to pay the ticket.  If he could not afford to pay it, he should not have been speeding.  But, these kids get money from the school for living expenses and meals, and the poor ones get Pell Grants.  If that is not enough, he could easily get a student loan. 

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2010 1:28 pm

Caleb King jailed on Monday morning

It's a speeding ticket for Christ's sake. I live in Walton County and just paid a $300.00 ticket for the same offense. I bet I know the exact speed trap he went through. It goes from 55MPH to 25MPH in the span of about 2 blocks. Anyway, I don't know many college kids that have $300.00 laying around to pay a speeding ticket. But, if Richt, a booster, or an agent paid his fine, or he sold his jersey to pay the fine, there'd be a suspension and a full blown NCAA investigation. Besides between classes and traveling all around the country and Southeastern US, to play football, when was he supposed to go to court? It's not like the court hours are open for any citizen's convienence. You have to sit there all day. then if he missed practice, he'd be disciplined by the coaches. College football the most hypocritical,money making industry in America. I guess he should have a job, too, and just payed the fine online.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2010 1:04 pm

Caleb King jailed on Monday morning

I believe I read a story recently that said UF has had 30 arrests in Meyer's time at the school, which is five and a half years.  UGA has had 11 arrests in the last year.  Both are bad, and no, this does not happen everywhere, at least to this degree. 

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2010 12:56 pm

Caleb King jailed on Monday morning

I'm not a fan of either team, but let's get real. He didn't break out his AK in a club. He didn't steal a laptop and throw it out of a dorm window to get rid of evidence. He committed a crime that the majority of U.S. citizens commit daily: speeding. (That's not the "same type of thing") Let's recognize the stark contrast, please. The one thing I do grant is that he failed to appear in court for the charge. That was stupid. You don't skip court dates. He probably thought they wouldn't pursue it because it was a traffic violation. He was wrong. However, stating that people are pointing fingers at UF for the "same type of thing" is wholeheartedly inaccurate. There's a stark contrast between King's "crime" and the over two dozen Florida arrests in the Urban Meyer era. 

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2010 12:39 pm

Caleb King jailed on Monday morning

Its always different when it happens to your team.  Everyone likes to jump on other teams for their mistakes but when it happens to you, everyone is quiet.  Not that this is that big of a deal but come on kid, you know you have a court date...learn some responsibility and at least show up.  Or better yet, pay the ticket.

Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2010 12:25 pm

Caleb King jailed on Monday morning

Seems to me that all these UGA fans who love to jump on Florida for their arrests need to man up and realize that its like I say all the time, this happens everywhere and the jail bug is in Athens now....are you a bunch of thugs like some of you say UF is for the same type of thing...just saying.....

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