King's Arrest Looms Over Dawgs

ATHENS – The Georgia football program started Monday with yet another arrest of a player.

But unlike previous cases, the status of starting tailback Caleb King for the Bulldogs' next game was not announced right away.

King was arrested early on Monday morning on a failure-to-appear in court on a Walton County speeding charge. King spent nearly six hours in the Clarke County jail before bonding out and paying the fine.

King's bench warrant for a failure-to-appear charge was noticed when he showed up to drive home the car of his brother, who was also being arrested, according to the incident report.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt did not meet reporters on Monday, and did not announce any discipline for King.

But on his radio show, Richt did say there was "a good chance" that freshman tailback Ken Malcome, who has yet to play this season, would play Saturday against Vanderbilt. Richt said that would be partly because of "the situation Caleb has gotten himself into."

"We've just going to do what we feel like is the right thing to do," Richt said when asked on his show about King's status. "The bottom line is we've got to make sure everybody is taking care of business."

Earlier in the day, Georgia spokesman Claude Felton said Richt was "continuing to gather information."

King did practice on Monday night, according to Malcome.

"I don't know what the deal is," Malcome said. "I'm just gonna practice every day, and if my name gets called, I'm gonna give everything I can."

King became the 11th Georgia player to be arrested in 2010, and the fourth since August. Washaun Ealey, another Bulldog tailback, was charged with three misdemeanors in August stemming from a traffic incident when he hit a parked car.

Ealey also deferred to Richt, saying he didn't know anything about King's status.

"I'm just gonna practice as if I have to take all the carries," Ealey said. "I'll practice as if I have to take on a big load on my back this week. Hopefully I can just go out there and be a team player and help my team to a win this week."

King, a 22-year-old junior, started at tailback for Georgia in its 41-14 win over Tennessee on Saturday, leading the team with 58 rushing yards. He is the team's second-leading rusher midway through the season. King's brother Brandon was cited for driving without a valid driver's license, after being pulled over at around 3:59 a.m. on Monday morning in Athens. Brandon King, 23, was driving a Ford Explorer owned by Georgia defensive lineman Brandon Wood, a roommate of Caleb King.

Before being handcuffed, the officer asked Brandon King to call the owner of the vehicle. Wood showed up five minutes later, at around 5 a.m., with Caleb King.

At that point Caleb King stated he would be driving the car back to their apartment. The officer ran the driver's licenses of Wood and King, and while Wood's came back with no problem, King's showed it was suspended.

King told the officer that he had "already taken care of the problem", according to the police report. The officer was informed by central booking about the Walton County bench warrant, and the player was subsequently held.

King was pulled over on June 20 for going 76 MPH in a 55 zone, according to Walton County officials, on Highway 78, near New Hope Road.

He then missed the court date of Aug. 6, and a bench warrant was issued.

"You have two choices: Pay the fine, or appear in court. He did neither," Walton County sheriff Joe Chapman said.

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