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The University of Georgia football team is making more appearances in court than touchdowns this season. Caleb King is the helping keep the legal score high, becoming the 11th Georgia Bulldogs football player to be arrested this year. Even UGA'S athletic director has been arrested in recent times. Like any good team does to vary up the plays, the bulldogs are at least varying up their criminal charges.
Caleb King is a junior running back for UGA. The Associated Press reports that King was arrested after failing to appear in court for a recent speeding ticket. King was originally cited for going 78 in a 55 mph zone. King was in a car with his brother when they got pulled over and police realized there was a bench warrant out for his arrest.
Head coach Mark Richt is said to be "aware of the situation." Following the arrest of another Bulldog (on drunk driving charges), Richt is quoted as saying, "Well, I think all our guys understand that they need to behave, I'll put it that way." The team may not be understanding the importance of good behavior as well as Richt thinks they are.
When an individual does not show up for a scheduled court date, a judge almost always issues a bench warrant for his or her arrest. Failure to appear is a crime in itself, and the purpose of the arrest is to bring the individual into court to answer for the original crime, as well as their reason for not showing up. No word from the UGA athletic department as to the scope of his athletic punishment. So for those of you keeping score, there are still three months left in college football, let's hope Georgia Bulldogs football team keeps the arrests under a dozen.