There are the usual offseason run-ins with law enforcement, and then there’s, well, this.
The crime? His textbooks were stolen.
The problem? His textbooks weren’t stolen.
The reason? He sold them back to a bookstore.
(Joke’s on him. He probably got 1/10th of what he originally paid for them.)
“He went through this whole story of his books being stolen,” University of Georgia police chief Jimmy Williamson told the Athens Banner-Herald. “We started looking into it and it was determined that the books were not stolen. He had taken his own books down to a local book buying company and sold them back to them.”
Smith apparently had to file a report as part of a process with the athletic department to explain the lost books. It didn’t work, and he was booked into the Clarke County jail at 10:56 p.m Friday. He was later released on $1,000 bond.
Georgia has not yet commented on the situation and no action has been taken in the matter.
Smith played in eight games last season, but did not record a reception.