ATHENS, Ga. — The Georgia football team’s issues with reckless driving go on: Receiver Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint became the latest player arrested on the charge.
According to online records, Rosemy-Jacksaint was charged with reckless driving and speeding-maximum limits. Both are misdemeanors. He was arrested by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and booked at 4:33 p.m. on Tuesday. Rosemy-Jacksaint was released less than an hour later after posting bond.
This is the fourth known speeding-related arrest of a Georgia football player, the most notable being Jalen Carter, charged with street racing and reckless driving while he was racing against team staffer Chandler LeCroy, who crashed and died along with football player Devin Willock.
Inside linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson was charged with reckless driving and street racing for a separate incident six days before the Jan. 15 crash.
Receiver De’Nylon Morrissette was charged in neighboring Oconee County with DUI, driving too fast for conditions, following too closely and Class D license restrictions of not driving between midnight and 5 a.m.
All of the charges have been misdemeanors. Carter and Dumas-Johnson have had their cases settled after plea bargains. The arrests of Morrissette and Rosemy-Jacksaint came after coach Kirby Smart said he would continue to address the issue with his players in the aftermath of the crash.
“We try to have education programs, but education is not enough,” Smart said in March. “You have to do a great job of making sure your players understand the risk and dangers that are out there. With vehicles especially nowadays that go really fast, you’ve got to be extremely careful. We try to educate and make sure our players understand those risks, but the ongoing part of that is to continue to educate them and let them know. That’s a programming piece for us we do in the fall and then we could in the spring. The two times where we’re really down for football we spend a lot of time educating our players of the dangers they can get into, and that’s one that we’ll continue to do, and we treat it very seriously.”
Smart said in March that Dumas-Johnson would face discipline but did not specify what, citing the case at the time as still going through the court process. Smart has not been available since the case was settled, nor has he had a chance to weigh in since Morrisette’s arrest.
Rosemy-Jacksaint, a senior, had 29 catches for 337 yards and two touchdowns last season. He is expected to be one of Georgia’s key receivers this season, perhaps a starter with Adonai Mitchell having transferred to Texas. The team also brought in receiver Rara Thomas, a transfer from Mississippi State, who was arrested soon after arriving in Athens on a charge of felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery/family violence. The false imprisonment charge was dismissed, and Thomas entered a pretrial diversion program. Smart said before spring practice that Thomas’ case was still going through the university’s process on discipline.
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