Georgia dismisses reserve DE Jonathan Taylor
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia has announced that sophomore defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor has been dismissed from the team following his arrest on aggravated assault and family violence charges.
The school announced Taylor’s dismissal on Wednesday.
A University of Georgia police department report stated that Taylor allegedly used his hands to choke and hit his girlfriend, whose name was not released.
Taylor was arrested at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday and released from Athens-Clarke County Jail on a $5,000 bond Wednesday.
The defensive end, listed third on the depth chart entering summer camp, played in 10 games as a redshirt freshman last season.
He was one of four Georgia football players arrested in March for receiving double payments for checks of $71.50 issued by the school’s athletic department.
Taylor and former teammate James DeLoach faced “significant additional internal discipline,” the school stated after the March arrest, but no suspensions after being accepted into a pre-trial intervention program.
Tray Matthews, another of the four players arrested in March, subsequently was dismissed from the team following an alleged classroom altercation and said he was transferring to Auburn. Uriah LeMay, also involved arrested in March, also left school.
Matthews, Taylor and DeLoach deposited the paper checks through a mobile device and also cashed the them at a convenience store, campus police said.
LeMay was charged with cashing a roommate’s check which already had been deposited through a mobile device, according to campus police.