Georgia defensive end to receive assistance after DUI arrest
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia coach Kirby Smart says defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter will undergo ''intensified education, counseling, and medical assistance'' after his DUI arrest last weekend.
It was Ledbetter's second alcohol-related arrest since March.
A statement released Monday by Georgia did not indicate what kind of discipline Ledbetter faces to remain on the football team.
His first arrest, for using a fake ID and possessing alcohol, resulted in a university-mandated, one-game suspension for student-athletes.
''Certainly we are disappointed and recognize he has a serious problem,'' Smart said. ''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.''
Ledbetter, a sophomore who was expected to compete for a starting job, apologized in the statement to family, teammates, coaches, the university and Georgia fans.
''I have a problem and have received an incredible amount of support and treatment through the Athletic Department for the problem,'' Ledbetter said. ''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.''