Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield is facing a pair of drug charges to get the week started, and he could be suspended for a game because of it.
Holyfield, the son of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, was charged on Monday with possession of marijuana of less than an ounce and possession and use of drug related objects, according to the Associated Press. University police made the arrest and Holyfield was released on a bond in just under an hour. The bond totaled $4,050 according to the Athens Banner-Herald report.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is aware of the situation, according to a Georgia representative. According to the school’s drug and alcohol policy, Holyfield would have to serve a suspension of one game as this is his first violation. If he serves the suspension right away, Holyfield would miss the season opener against Appalachian State on September 2.
Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley is also facing a suspension for the season opener following a misdemeanor marijuana possession arrest earlier this spring.
Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley has not been practicing this spring, but it has nothing to do with his offseason misdemeanor from a couple of weeks ago. Instead, a foot injury appears to have sidelined Ridley for the spring.
According to a report from Gridiron Now, Ridley has been out due to the foot injury. When the foot injury occurred is not reported. Even if his foot was not injured, it remains unknown if Ridley would be participating int he spring, at least at this point. Georgia head coach Kirby Smart has said Ridley will be internally disciplined for his misdemeanor pot possession from earlier this month.
“He’ll receive discipline,” Smart said. “We are very disappointed in his decision. We do not condone that behavior. I think Riley is going to learn a valuable lesson from this mistake.”
When Ridley may be available again remains unknown, as does what exactly the punishment to him will be from Smart. A one-game suspension is the expected result for Ridley according to the university’s student-athlete handbook.