UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said allowing Scott-Wesley to remain in his dorm room and not taking him to jail is standard operating procedure for all students in such cases.
“If there are no safety issues for the person or other parties and no urgency with result of the situation at that moment, it’s common for officers to get all the information, do what they need to do and just sign a warrant the next morning,” Williamson said. “That allows (students) to deal with it during working hours and not have to miss classes or anything.”
Scott-Wesley’s scenario is very similar to the one that resulted in discipline for two football players in May. Police were called to a room occupied by safety Josh Harvey-Clemons and tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith (since dismissed from the team) because a residence-hall assistant smelled marijuana. Neither player was arrested in that incident, but because they admitted to police they smoked marijuana, they were disciplined for violating the athletic department’s marijuana-use policy.
Harvey-Clemons was suspended for the first game of this season, and Flournoy-Smith was dismissed because of a previous arrest.
Georgia coach Mark Richt issued a statement after the team arrived in Florida on Friday: “I’m disappointed in the news about Justin. We will discipline him according to our policy. We will also educate him, provide him counsel so he can learn from this, and be able to move forward in a very positive direction. I’m confident he will respond properly to the correction process.”