Report: 4 UGA football players arrested for double-dipping on their checks

new-uga-logoFour Georgia Bulldogs football players were arrested Monday night and charged with misdemeanor theft by deception, according to Athens-Clarke County jail records.

According to the report in the AJC, Georgia Police said three of the players were depositing their regularly scheduled stipend checks on their mobile phone banking apps, then they would go to a local convenience store for cashing immediately afterward. These players were safety Tray Matthews, and defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor and James DeLoach. Wide receiver Uriah LeMay was using a roommate’s cashed check, and attempting to cash it himself at a convenience store.

Via AJC:

Uriah LeMay was charged with four counts of theft by deception. His bond was set at $6,000, jail records show. Tray Matthews, a safety, was charged with three counts of theft by deception. His bond was set at $4,500.

Jonathan Taylor and James DeLoach, defensive linemen, were each charged with two counts of theft by deception. Bonds for both Taylor and DeLoach were set at $3,000.

Taylor was the first of the four booked into jail Monday at 8:41 p.m., booking records show. By 9:22 p.m., the remaining three were also in jail. All four were released before 11 p.m. Within two hours, all four players were released on bond, booking records show.

The UGA Athletic Association discovered the fraudulent acts during routine accounting. They brought it to the attention of the police department.

I am sure that someone will use this as an argument for why players should be paid more. If they were, they obviously wouldn’t feel it necessary to break the law.

UPDATE: Head coach Mark Richt issued a formal statement:

“Guys aren’t going to be perfect and when they do something that needs discipline, we are going to follow through on it,” said Richt in quotes provided by the university. “We always try to educate our players and discipline them appropriately. Similar to when you are dealing with your kids, some of them learn things by watching and some of them learn lessons by doing. We stick with the goal of punishing, educating and loving all that come through here.”

  • cabbage

    Word around here is, Bruce Pearl has accepted the Auburn job. This could get interesting.

  • mike

    i think that all of them should be kicked off the team. no reason for stealing none at all

    • cabbage

      I agree, no excuse for this. Hopefully UGA will push for prosecution.

  • Erik Krause

    I am not sure which stipend check they were referring to? The one from the University or the one from the boosters? There is a big difference between the two amounts and the boosters check is a lot bigger when listed as a paycheck.

  • ron lee

    where does richt find these hoodlums? every year he suspends 3/4 players for breaking some spurrior said he liked playing ga. early in the season because he knew they would have several players serving suspensions