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A.J. Green out four games

Posted on: September 8, 2010 4:48 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 5:28 pm
Georgia receiver A.J. Green miss four games, a penalty handed down by the NCAA this afternoon, for selling a game-worn jersey.

Per reinstatement guidelines, Green must sit out 30 percent of the schedule if he accepts a benefit more than $500. Four games equals 33 percent of the regular season.

I wrote about the reinstatement process in today's national notes

Green sold the jersey to someone who appears to be an agent, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Green already sat out the opener against Louisiana-Lafayette. He would be eligible to return for the Oct. 9 game at Colorado.

Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2010 10:39 pm

A.J. Green out four games

As to your first comment, first offense DUI is not a felony in any state in this country. Secondly, the distinction is that DUI, robbery, burglary, etc. are not violations of NCAA rules. They are violations of, in this case, the laws of the state of Georgia. I guess the NCAA figures that if you are convicted of aggravated robbery, probably having to sit out a few games is the least of your concerns. So, no, selling a jersey is not illegal. Neither is getting free shoes (FSU), getting paid to not show up at a job (Oklahoma, Rhett Bomar), going to a party in South Beach and cavorting with agents (NC, Bama), or having your parents live in posh house rent-free (USC). "Illegal", in the criminal justice sense, has got nothing to do with it.

Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2010 5:32 pm

A.J. Green out four games

I dont feel bad for the player, i was simply making the point that something like a DUI, which the NCAA does not punish for, is a way more heinous offense then selling a jersey.  So the punishment is ludicrous based on the seriousness of the offenses

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 5:12 pm

A.J. Green out four games

The players put themselves in these types of situations.  Its their own fault.  Don't feel bad for the player.  What kind of idiot sells his jersey for money knowing that its against the rules?

Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2010 5:11 pm

A.J. Green out four games

Unreal... Get a DUI, which is a felony and you have the possibility of killing other people and yourself... no enforcement by the NCAA (school takes care of it.  Sell a jersey, which is not illegal, but a stupid rule made so the NCAA can line their pockets with the $ they make off selling these kids jerseys and you get 4 games.  Un f-ing believable.

Since: Jun 7, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 5:04 pm

And they wonder why players leave early

What a crock.  Go to a party in Miami and get a two game suspension, but sell a jersey and get 4?  Meanwhile, the NCAA will sell you a replica of that jersey for $75.00.  The hypocracy is unbelievable. 

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