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Georgia defensive lineman arrested for aggravated assault

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Georgia reserve defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor was arrested for the second time this offseason early Tuesday morning.

Taylor was arrested in Athens and charged with aggravated assault, a felony, and was booked into the Clarke County Jail at 6:08 a.m. this morning. The Athens Banner-Herald’s Marc Weiszer has more details:

There was evidence that the female victim had been “possibly strangled by the offender,” in the incident in Taylor’s dorm room, Williamson said. There was evidence that the victim and another individual had been involved in an argument in McWhorter Hall, police said. Officers determined an established relationship and “co-habitation” with the individuals.

The victim is a UGA student not enrolled in summer school.

Taylor was one of four players arrested in March on theft by deception charges but avoided suspension from the football team after entering a pre-trial intervention program. According to Weiszer, any arrest or citation constitutes a violation of that program.

The 6-foot-5, 340-pound Taylor came to Georgia in 2012 rated as a four-star recruit and was ranked by Rivals as the 72nd-best player in that year’s recruiting class. He notched nine tackles and one sack for Georgia in 2013.

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  1. seminolez says: Jul 22, 2014 8:51 AM

    he will be offered by auburn before he gets out of jail.

  2. historyofmatt says: Jul 22, 2014 9:17 AM

    Well, that’s pretty much it for this moron’s career as a Georgia Bulldog under Mark Richt.

    Which means he’s absolutely perfect for Les Miles’ LSU Tigers, Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers, or of course, Bobby Petrino’s Louisville Cardinals.

    So, adios d-bag, and enjoy your new home of Baton Rouge, Auburn, or Louisville!!!

  3. marooncat79 says: Jul 22, 2014 9:18 AM

    Luhlvuhl and TOSU will be fighting for him after Richt kicks him off the team

  4. raysfan1 says: Jul 22, 2014 9:24 AM

    Perhaps you change the arrest tracker from days without an arrest to consecutive days with one. Lately it seems you’d have to reset it less often.

  5. mcjon22 says: Jul 22, 2014 9:32 AM

    Just another arrest for the halfway house that is UGA football. Why would these players change their behaviors when it’s obvious the head coach will do nothing more than slap them on the wrist?

  6. floridacock says: Jul 22, 2014 9:38 AM

    Spurrier’s prophecy is true once more.

  7. historyofmatt says: Jul 22, 2014 9:48 AM

    mcjon22, your lack of logical thinking and ability to reason astounds.

    UGA is one of the few schools that actually disciplines their players.

    Thus, you actually hear about those players being 1) Suspended 2) Kicked-off the team; more than you would at any other school, especially at places like LSU, Auburn, and Louisville, where they gladly take in criminals of all kinds simply because they can play football.

    At UGA, Richt has probably cost himself one or two more SEC Titles, if not a National Title, because of the people he’s suspended for actual big games (and not for a half of a game against a MAC or SunBelt team like Urban Meyer does) or kicked-off the team altogether.

    Seriously, mcjon22… are you an idiot? Because you talk like an idiot.

  8. historyofmatt says: Jul 22, 2014 9:49 AM

    floridacock… it’s easy to make those predictions when Spurrier only suspends players on their 10th violation and never, ever kicks guys off the team, unless they physically show up to games drunk.

    When Spurrier actually disciplines a player instead of keeping everything hush-hush and has them run stadium steps, then he, and you, can actually have room to speak.

  9. onlyoneleft says: Jul 22, 2014 9:54 AM

    Petrino does not have to recruit any more. He can load up with transfers like this. Don’t worry florida cock, Richt does not give them five chances like Slurrier does.

  10. psly2124 says: Jul 22, 2014 10:00 AM

    When is enough enough throw this p.o.s. Out if school and be done with him. Once again this proves that second chances don’t work. If thrown out of school the first time that poor chick would not have been mauled by a 300 pound savage.

  11. kaspauf says: Jul 22, 2014 11:39 AM

    All the jokes about UF players getting arrested has calmed down some ( I know about Tabor recently) but overall it seems that the focus has shift towards UGA…it took awhile to clean up UF from what ‘the coach up north’ did and UGA seems to be going down hill in terms of arrests, not talent.

  12. dhardy8207 says: Jul 22, 2014 11:44 AM

    Purely speculation on my part, but this sounds like a case of a jealous female. Not to dismiss his actions as it is never appropriate to “choke or strangle” anyone, but the following comment makes me think since the victim wasn’t enrolled summer courses which are currently coming to an end, that she showed up and found another female in his presence.

    “There was evidence that the female victim had been “possibly strangled by the offender,” in the incident in Taylor’s dorm room, Williamson said. There was evidence that the victim and another individual had been involved in an argument in McWhorter Hall, police said. Officers determined an established relationship and “co-habitation” with the individuals.”

    AGAIN, I would never make an excuse for a man strangling a woman, but women can be emotional creatures especially over “her man”. Unfortunately crimes of passion often involve someone getting seriously injured or killed…

  13. auburntigers34 says: Jul 22, 2014 12:48 PM

    there is a long, long pattern of crap like this happening under Mark Richt….but he’s a great guy that recruits quality kids. yeah, right.

  14. auburntigers34 says: Jul 22, 2014 12:55 PM

    historyofmatt says:
    Jul 22, 2014 9:48 AM

    “Thus, you actually hear about those players being 1) Suspended 2) Kicked-off the team; more than you would at any other school, especially at places like LSU, Auburn, and Louisville, where they gladly take in criminals of all kinds simply because they can play football.”

    you are SO full of sh*t. this is the same tired argument that comes out every time a UGA player gets into trouble…..which is pretty damn often. admit that Richt doesn’t give two sh*ts about character, when it comes to recruiting, and you’ll wsleep a lot better at night.

    or if it makes you feel better, come up with the name of ONE athlete that Auburn has accepted as a transfer that had been charged with a violent crime. you can’t do it because there isn’t one. but plenty of kids that fit that description have been kicked out of UGA under Richt’s watch.

  15. historyofmatt says: Jul 22, 2014 1:19 PM

    Hey auburntigers34…

    … when this guy is playing for Auburn next year, are you still gonna talk?

    Do you actually have no sense of shame? I mean, none at all?

    Do you even inhabit the reality as the rest of us?

    Auburn Tigers Football: All Criminals Welcome.

    Auburn Tigers Football: Get kicked off of Georgia or Florida’s football teams? Great! You’re the perfect Auburn Tiger!

    Auburn Tigers Football: Arrest Record Required.

  16. gatorfan1 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:21 PM

    historyofmatt:

    You should do a better job of research concerning Spurrier. Upon leaving Florida it was you own Vince Dooley who complimented Spurrier on his discipline of the Florida program while coach there.

    Gee don’t I feel dumb now.

    And is there another program that talks more s**t about It’s own supposed legacy and history and ONLY has 1 NC! Win a freakin NC before running your mouth.

  17. historyofmatt says: Jul 22, 2014 1:23 PM

    And auburntigers34…

    … if you think this only happens at UGA, or Mark Richt is the only coach recruiting kids who make poor, bad, or criminal decisions, then you are a complete moron.

    The difference at UGA is: Mark Richt actually does something about it.

    But it’s okay… go burn another one. You and Nick Marshall, who STOLE from teammates while at UGA, both.

  18. auburntigers34 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:23 PM

    stop deflecting and name that individual that Auburn’s accepted as a transfer that had been charged with a violent offense, dipsh!t. you can go back to the Pat Dye era and won’t come up with one.

    if you want me to list ALL of the thugs that have been arrested under Richt’s watch, i’ll be more than happy to. he’s had 6 arrests this Summer, alone…..which is a pretty quiet offseason for a Richt coached team.

  19. auburntigers34 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:25 PM

    oh, and i’ll be happy to go burn one with Nick Marshall. Just don’t go strangling any females with Jonathan Taylor. Richt would be so disappointed.

  20. historyofmatt says: Jul 22, 2014 1:29 PM

    auburntigers34…

    … again, if you think this only happens at UGA, you’re a moron.

    And gatorfan1, the reason why Dooley praised Spurrier?

    Because next to Spurrier, there were few better at hiding the wrongs his players did than Dooley.

    I’m not afraid to take on my school’s sacred cows.

    You wanna know the reason why in Athens, unlike, say, at Auburn or Tuscaloosa, where any player infraction gets a call to a coach instead of an arrest?

    Because of the crap Dooley let his players get away with, and everything he did to keep it hidden.

    After Dooley left, Ray Goff kept those things in place, and then when Donnan came, he did even more to hide what his players were doing. There was even talk of an actual rape/sexual assault during the Donnan years that was covered-up.

    So in Athens, unlike in Columbia or again, in AUBURN… these things are not swept under the rug. We have to deal with them.

    And unlike at other schools, who all recruit the SAME PLAYERS Georgia does, auburntigers34, Mark Richt actually has to do something with these players.

    Not sweep it under the rug.

    So, while it would be “nice” if things were like they were everywhere else, or like they were during Dooley’s time in Athens, they’re not.

    And that’s the honest truth about why they’re not.

  21. dhardy8207 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:45 PM

    historyofmatt says;

    “You wanna know the reason why in Athens, unlike, say, at Auburn or Tuscaloosa, where any player infraction gets a call to a coach instead of an arrest?”

    ———————————————————-

    First you can keep BAMA/Tuscaloosa out of this. We just had TWO players arrested recently (Drake and Reed) for different reasons, both misdemeanors.

    Secondly, my nephew is a memeber of the Tuscaloosa Police Department and they have ZERO tolerance for the athletes who find themselves on the opposite end of the law. Have no problem with this pissing match between Auburn Tiger and yourself, but when you start spouting off your own version of the facts surrounding T Town I must pull your BS card…

  22. historyofmatt says: Jul 22, 2014 1:52 PM

    Hey, auburntigers34, you unbelievably hypocritical MORON…

    … GUESS WHO offered Jonathan Thomas a scholarship, you amoeba-brained idiot?

    AUBURN.

    As well as Bama, Clemson, FSU, GaTech, LSU, Illinois, Louisville, Michigan, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vandy.

    People like you, auburntigers34, shouldn’t be allowed near a computer.

    Everyone recruits and offers scholarships to the SAME POOL OF PLAYERS.

    So, hmm, why do we hear about discipline issues at UGA, who deal with their discipline issues, but not from pretty much anyone else?

    Logic is calling, auburntigers34. It’s calling out to you.

    It’s waiting for you to make that intuitive leap, you neanderthal.

  23. gatorfan1 says: Jul 22, 2014 2:06 PM

    historyofmatt:

    I give you props for such a candid answer about Dooley. Gator fans despise Georgia because it was Dooley who spearheaded the drive to strip Florida of it’s SEC Championship from “86”. The fans will never forget or forgive Georgia for that. Considering their own dirty laundry as you so elegantly pointed out!

  24. auburntigers34 says: Jul 22, 2014 2:07 PM

    nobody’s trying to say that these kids aren’t recruited by other schools. but the fact remains that UGA has a lot of players arrested EVERY Summer……and it’s been that way since Richt’s been there. now, you want to claim that every school covers these arrests up….except UGA, of course.

    if anyone’s living in their own warped version of reality, it’s you. still waiting on that ONE name, numb nuts.

  25. auburntigers34 says: Jul 22, 2014 2:13 PM

    and if you want to take digs at other schools for the character of the players on their rosters, try to do it in a comments section of an article that ISN’T about a UGA player getting arrested for strangling a female.

    it’s the nerve of having such a sanctimonious attitude at such an inappropriate time that makes your comments sound so ridiculous. on one hand, you want to say that this happens at every school and on the other, you want to claim that Richt and UGA are somehow above it. the facts don’t support your ridiculous contradictions.

  26. wabbitslayer says: Jul 22, 2014 2:16 PM

    I heard Jeremy Pruitt was going to instill in them the killer instinct the dawgs have been lacking, but this is ridiculous.

  27. jrs45 says: Jul 22, 2014 2:20 PM

    Wow these hillbillies are really going at it lol!!!!!

  28. historyofmatt says: Jul 22, 2014 2:31 PM

    gatorfan1…

    … thanks. Again, If something is wrong in my house, I have no problem talking about it.

    Dooley did a lot of good in Athens and at UGA, but his attitude about player infractions was wrong.

    The reality is, I’m sure Richt would rather Bobo or Pruitt get a the phone call like Bob Stoops used to get in Gainesville, or Erk Russell used to get in Athens, then have to deal with every stupid thing, criminal or otherwise, that his players do.

    But that’s not the reality. And it goes back to Dooley and to Donnan as to why it isn’t.

    Don’t forget Donnan. Dude could have a career as a dirt-bag cover-up-er, like The Wolf in Pulp Fiction.

    In many college towns across the land, Columbia, Auburn, Happy Valley, Columbus, Lubbock… there’s a wink-and-nod agreement between football coaches and the local PD. The little stuff, like pot and fights, or stuff that should be bigger, like DUIs, just get swept under the rug.

    Not in Athens.

    And again, I’d be lying when I say there’s a part of me that wishes we didn’t have a couple of important guys suspended for the 2007 UGA-SoCarolina game that probably cost us an SEC and National Titles that year.

    But this is what it is.

    And for d-bags like auburntigers34, who already live in incredibly transparent and fragile glass houses, to make comments such as he does, is just laughable.

  29. auburntigers34 says: Jul 22, 2014 2:38 PM

    when you can give me that ONE example that i’ve been asking for, you can talk about glass houses.

    trying to claim that every other city has a wink and nod agreement, while Athens is beyond such corruption is f’ing hysterical. but it’s definitely not the first time that i’ve heard a UGA make that ridiculous claim and i’m sure this won’t be the last.

    everybody cheats except UGA, Richt, and the Athens police dept. whatever

  30. chc4 says: Jul 22, 2014 2:51 PM

    Auburn geeks preaching from the pulpit is really, really ironic. Have they no shame?

  31. auburntigers34 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:13 PM

    Auburn isn’t the team that has 6-8 players arrested every Summer. they’ve had one get arrested for weed and another that was issued a citation for it. BFD.

    do you idiots really want to compare that “crime” to trying to strangle a female? Jonathan Gray, Odell Thurman, Montez Robinson, Jamal Payette, etc….all arrested for violent crimes.

    UGA had 33 players arrested from 2006 to 2010. they’ve had 15 arrested since 2012)16 now).

    look at this chart and tell me who the hypocrite is, dumb ass.

    http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-georgia-top-list-of-sec-student-athlete-arrests/

  32. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 22, 2014 3:20 PM

    You can’t play in the SEC if you haven’t been arrested or can tie your own shoes. He’ll wind up at either LSU or Auburn since they own the police departments in their podunk little towns where stuff like this gets covered up with payoffs.

    SEC, SEC, SEC.

  33. warjag55 says: Jul 22, 2014 5:57 PM

    Remember clueless Georgia people Marshal got a ticket.

    Your player is a women abuse.

    Think for a change dog

  34. jrs45 says: Jul 22, 2014 6:27 PM

    whenwilliteverend,

    Lmfao!!!!

  35. packerbadger says: Jul 23, 2014 2:11 PM

    SEC?

  36. packerbadger says: Jul 23, 2014 2:12 PM

    Remember that Georgia football player who “graduated” and couldn’t read? I do!

  37. packerbadger says: Jul 23, 2014 2:20 PM

    I wonder how far the “days without an arrest” column would go if the $ECheat weren’t included….

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