Georgia Bulldogs running back Isaiah Crowell was dismissed from the team on Friday following gun possession charges brought against the football player in Athens-Clark County on Friday night.
Crowell was arrested and charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor. The first charge was a felony count of possessing a weapon in a school zone, the second was a felony county for carrying an altered identification mark and the final charge was a misdemeanor count of possession/carrying a concealed weapon
Crowell was arrested at approximately 2:20 a.m. ET after he was stopped near the Georgia campus.
In a press release Bulldogs coach Mark Richt’s said of the team’s decision:
“We have a dedicated and committed group of men who are working hard to prepare for the coming season. Our total focus will be directed toward the team and this effort.”
According to the official police report Crowell was caught carrying a 9-millimeter Luger under his driver’s seat and its serial number had been completely scratched off. In his defense Crowell claims he didn’t know the gun was there and that various other people drive his vehicle.
If convicted Isaiah Crowell could spend up to 10 years behind bars and face up to $10,000 in fines for carrying a weapon on school property. Throw in his other crimes and Crowell could spend one to five years longer behind bars.
The arresting officer noted of the stop that marijuana was smelled and then Crowell gave them permission to search the vehicle.
Ranked as the country’s No. 1 running back prospect last season Crowell had a bumpy start with the Bulldogs, rushing 185 times for 850 yards with five touchdowns as a Freshman.
Crowell was seen as a constant annoyance for coach Richt because of disciplinary problems that plagued his focus on college football.