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Post Throwing away a football career over a woman

Sunday April 4, 2010

It’s an understatement to say that sophomore defensive end Montez Robinson has anger issues when it comes to a certain woman, and those issues have now cost him his spot on the Georgia football team.

Robinson was arrested twice within a week last year – once for underage possession of alcohol and more seriously for “misdemeanor simple battery and felony criminal damage/second degree.” An earlier incident in October failed to result in any charges after the victim declined to press charges.  But the same woman was involved in a late November incident where Robinson allegedly “broke her car’s taillights when she didn’t respond to multiple calls and text messages.” That November incident led to the underage possession charge and soon led to the additional arrest.

Robinson was suspended immediately and did not play in the Independence Bowl.  But he wasn’t kicked off the team,  though his suspension was never officially lifted.  He’s been working out with the team and had been named a second-team outside linebacker.  His teammates talked about ($) a “total change of attitude.”

Any chance for redemption was lost this weekend when Robinson was again arrested for misdemeanor simple assault.  According to UGASports.com, the same woman might have been involved in this most recent arrest.  He’d be in additional trouble for allegedly disobeying a restraining order and conditions of his probation.

Mark Richt’s decision was quick and clear:  Robinson was dismissed from the program on Sunday.

“Montez has not been able to conform to some conditions and stipulations that were placed on him as a result of previous off-field issues,” said Richt. “I think this decision is in the best interest of everyone.”

A change of scenery might be best for Robinson anyway.   The anger issues have to be dealt with though – these incidents are bad enough warning signs, and hopefully he’ll get the help he needs to avoid them turning into more serious domestic violence problems down the road.

As for Georgia, Robinson’s departure erases the sole defensive end signee from 2008.  It also creates further depth issues at the outside linebacker position – a position that’s key in the 3-4 defense and already thin to begin with.  It also means Georgia will have to spend another scholarship or two on a position that has hit a relative dry spell after a very successful run during the mid-2000s.

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