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Domestic incident nets charges for starting UGA corner

Sanders Commings, Michael Carr AP

Thanks in part to 10 starters returning from a highly-ranked defense in 2011, Georgia is expected to find itself deep inside the Top 10 when 2012 preseason polls are released.  Unfortunately, one of the 10 returnees has found himself in a bit of legal hot water.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, cornerback Sanders Commings was arrested by university police overnight and charged with domestic violence and simple battery.  Commings was in a relationship, and perhaps living with, the alleged female victim.

Witnesses claimed that Commings had struck the unidentified victim, although details are scant at this point in time.

“The only thing I can tell you is he was arrested for domestic violence/simple battery,” UGA police chief Jimmy Williamson told the Journal-Constitution. “Officers were patrolling the downtown area and were flagged down by people on the side of the road. These were third-party people involved in the incident. Talking with them there was some kind of interaction between [Commings] and a woman and they intervened. At some point in time he struck her. Based on the witness statements and interviews with the involved parties, that’s why he was arrested. We have several witnesses.”

The paper notes that, because it’s a domestic violence charge, Commings may remain jailed through the weekend as he has to appear in front of a judge before being released on bond.

In 2011, Commings started all 14 games for the Bulldogs and has played in all but one game the past three seasons.  The corner was one of several draft-eligible Bulldogs who announced last weekend that they were returning to UGA for another season.

“Every man in this room came to Georgia with dreams and goals of winning championships,” Commings said last Saturday. “That is the reason that I decided to stay here at Georgia. With the leadership in this room we realized that the opportunity of achieving those dreams are great and I am excited to be able to be a part of it.”

The school has yet to comment on the incident.

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11 Responses to “Domestic incident nets charges for starting UGA corner”
  1. woebegong says: Jan 21, 2012 1:56 PM

    Just when it starts to look good for UGA on the arrest front, one guy has got to blow it. I hope it is a minor thing and can be cleared up through probation and a fine. UGA is better with him on the football field, but I do believe the HC is going to be a little upset at his behavior over this. I think coach Grantham may also have a few words to say to him, along with his extra duty, so to speak in the near future.

  2. mrslay1 says: Jan 21, 2012 2:23 PM

    Mark Reich knows how to handle these kids of things. He is a good man with plenty of wisdom. Kids make mistakes and hopefully he will learn from this.

  3. charliereno says: Jan 21, 2012 2:57 PM

    ‘kids make mistakes’ my ass. This wasn’t a petty misdemeanor or an infraction of the NCAA’s hypocritical rules. There is no excuse for hitting a female. Ever.

  4. superfbfan says: Jan 21, 2012 3:03 PM

    Can’t lay hands on a woman… unacceptable. The hammer is going to come down on this one. At the least, this is going to be a multiple game suspension. The only other domestic incident I can remember a UGA player being involved in is Z. Mettenberger and he got booted off the team…

  5. gatiger says: Jan 21, 2012 3:16 PM

    This is the UGA we know and love.

  6. winstonhussein says: Jan 21, 2012 5:07 PM

    Never should have bought that “What Would Jay Mariotti Do” bracelet.

  7. woebegong says: Jan 21, 2012 7:01 PM

    gatiger,

    I would gather from your comments that you neither know the DAWGS or love them. This is the first incident involving a player in over a year. CMR will come down on him, and he will sit probably a couple of games come the fall.
    There are a bunch, of SEC teams or teams in the NCAA that have far exceeded that total in the last two months alone.
    I hate that it happened, and I believe he deserves to be punished. I am disappointed in him, but I believe he will learn from this stupidity and hopefully be a better person for it.

  8. imaduffer says: Jan 21, 2012 7:29 PM

    As long as he can play football, who really gives a shit. Ain’t that right Dawg fans?

  9. woebegong says: Jan 21, 2012 7:42 PM

    Dumb comment. Here is one DAWG fan that expects him to be punished and after that sitting at least on the bench for the first couple of games. UGA coaches don’t allow that kind of behavior to go on with team members without some repercussions. UGA coaches don’t hide behind the line, “violation of team policy”, without the crime committed being known. He will deal with the law and UGA both.
    I don’t know what school you support, but unless it is Kentucky, you use that old team rules violation quite often.
    This is the first problem involving an arrest in over a year for a UGA athlete. I can think of one school, that has had 8 arrest in the last year alone, not counting numerous other schools, in and outside the SEC that have had problems as well. One thing for sure though, is UGA coaches will make him pay for it.

  10. imaduffer says: Jan 21, 2012 9:44 PM

    @webegong,

    Were you a writer for the TV show “Dukes of Hazzard?’

    Because that was funny.

  11. gbditka says: Jan 21, 2012 10:01 PM

    Wish Sanders brought the same “cover skills” to the Outback Bowl that he displayed this weekend…didn’t know he was fast enough to be in arms reach of any human being.

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