Ledbetter, a rising sophomore, was arrested early Sunday morning on underage drinking and DUI charges. It is the second time he has been arrested for alcohol-related charges, but the first time the charges were dropped.
“He needs to grow up with that stuff,” said one source of Ledbetter being arrested twice this year. “Jonathon has done well in school, and he’s going to contribute for UGA. Those facts and that the other charges were dropped probably helped him stick around. That and he’s handling things on the field and in the classroom.”
It is expected that Ledbetter will return from suspension for the Bulldogs’ pivotal game against Tennessee on October 1, but UGA didn't confirm that Ledbetter would be suspended in its release.
“Certainly we are disappointed and recognize he has a serious problem,” said UGA head football coach Kirby Smart in the statement. “We have provided help for him previously and we are committed to providing whatever assistance is necessary for Jonathan that will contribute to immediate improvement but also ensure that his long-term well-being is secure.”
“First I want to apologize to my family, my teammates and coaches, the University and the Bulldog Nation,” said Ledbetter in the statement. “I have a problem and have received an incredible amount of support and treatment through the Athletic Department for the problem. For that I am thankful. I ask for everyone’s support as I continue to receive additional treatment for this disease and work toward a healthy life.”