Two University of Georgia football players, were arrested by the Barrow County Sheriff's Department last Saturday evening. Officers arrested one of the players on suspicion that he was speeding and driving under the influence of narcotics. Officers further claimed that they found marijuana on the passenger seat and passenger side of the vehicle, where the other player was seated -- which is why they arrested him.
However, during the arrest, the driver pleaded with authorities not to arrest his friend. He told the officers that it was his car and it was his marijuana, but the officers said that the marijuana appeared to be the other player's because it was on the side of the vehicle where he was sitting.
Body camera footage from the arrest shows that the driver told the officers, "It's mine. It's my car. It's my car though," he said. "Please, please, please. If you've got a heart, if you have a heart, you will please listen ... We're not bad kids, none of that. That's the end for him, man. If he goes to jail, that it, man. His career, bruh." He then proceeded to tell the sheriff's deputies that they played Georgia football.
As for the future of the players at the University of Georgia, the school has not released any definitive statements. The school is still investigating the matter to determine what happened.
The most important issue in this case -- as in many cases that involve criminal allegations -- is the fact that the criminal charges could destroy the careers of the two football players in this case. However, those accused of drug crimes and other criminal allegations may be able to safeguard their reputations and their careers with a well-planned criminal defense.
Source: The Telegraph, "Body cam footage: Stanley claims marijuana was his, not Patrick's," Jason Butt, Dec. 06, 2017