Georgia dad goes off on all the kids getting kicked off team
JUN 16, 2014 1:30p ET
Tray Matthews was kicked off the Georgia football team on June 3, becoming the latest Bulldog to leave the program in trouble.
Matthews will land at Auburn, it appears, but that doesn't make anything better on Georgia's end.
Since the end of last season, three players have left the program on poor terms.
Josh Harvey-Clemons was dismissed after violating Georgia's marijuana policy, and Shaq Wiggins left after he couldn't comply with Mark Richt's rules. There have also been others in various degrees of bad situations.
All of this has contributed to a bad reputation for Georgia, as every offseason it seems there are Bulldogs finding trouble with the law.
Now, at least one parent of a current Georgia football player is tired of it and wants the kids getting in trouble to realize it's their fault, not Georgia's.
“When I read some of the things said, it just made me sick to my stomach,” Bailey said. “That young man (Matthews) needs to realize who opened doors for him first. I’m speaking as a member of the Georgia Bulldog family, of the Bulldog Nation, because my son goes to school down there, too. I love Tray. I love his mom and dad, too. We’re good friends.
"But the comments I read made me feel like they were putting down the University of Georgia, the system and the coaches. Not one time did I see it mentioned what Coach Richt or the other coaches have done for him. That’s what made me mad.
“Coach Richt and the coaching staff opened their arms to this kid. They welcomed him into the Bulldog Nation and they stood behind him. For him to come out like that and make it seem like the University of Georgia had done him wrong, that’s what makes me so mad. Same with Shaq Wiggins and the other kids who had the opportunity to play at the University of Georgia.
"They leave and transfer and get dismissed from the team and they blame it on the school system. It’s not the system; it’s the kids. If you come and do what you’re supposed to do and do it right, you wouldn’t get in trouble and things like this wouldn’t come about.”
Kevin Bailey said his son got in some trouble as a freshman -- although he wasn't suspended from the team -- and got the same message. From the AJC:
“I said, ‘we didn’t send you down there to be a follower; we sent you down there to be a leader,” Mr. Bailey recounted. “I told him we sent him down there to get an education and to do what’s right. I told him he wasn’t only letting down me, he was letting down people up here in Gainesville, Flowery Branch, Oakwood, everywhere. What we do and what we believe in is important!”
We have no dog in this fight, but we echo Mr. Bailey's sentiments: It's getting tiresome seeing Georgia players in trouble.
Steve Spurrier, on the other hand, has a different opinion.
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