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Rochester, Clay Arrested on Felony Charges

ATHENS - UGA freshmen Julian Rochester and Chad Clay were arrested Monday night on charges related to possession of a BB gun and property damage

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"I¹m disappointed with the poor judgment of Julian and Chad,² said UGA head coach Kirby Smart.  ³We expect full compliance with the policies of the University and of our football program from all our student-athletes. Information is still being gathered but they will be disciplined in an appropriate manner."

The Athens Banner-Herald is reporting that UGA Police investigated the situation last week, and that Clay and Rochester “did intentionally and without consent damage property of the University of Georgia Housing Department to include (doors, light fixtures, ceiling tiles, walls, cabinets and a refrigerator) and said damage exceeds $500.000 by shooting the property with a C02 powered ‘BB’ gun. According to the University of Georgia Police Daily Log, at 3:11 p.m. UGA “officers responded to a complaint from Housing staff of an air/BB pistol in a room and multiple surfaces apparently damaged by BB’s, BB gun and drug related objects located during subsequent investigation.”

Kirby Smart, talking on a radio show Tuesday morning, said he was disappointed with the freshmen.

“Obviously terribly disappointed. Very, very poor decisions by both Chad and Julian," Smart said. "We’ve got a standard of excellence here at the University of Georgia that they’ve got to adhere to and when they don’t comply with that they have to be disciplined for it. It’s embarrassing to them, their families, the university and all of us.”

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