It’s déjà vu all over again. And again. And again.
In November, Chauncey Rivers was one of two Georgia Bulldogs arrested on misdemeanor marijuana possession charges. In December, Rivers was again arrested on a marijuana possession charge.
Five months later? Rivers has hit the weed trifecta as, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting, Rivers was arrested on multiple charges in the middle of the week, including, you guessed it, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Rivers also, though, is facing a more serious charge of violating the state of Georgia’s Controlled Substance Act, which is a felony.
Additionally, Rivers was charged with two other misdemeanors — parking in a disabled parking spot and keeping drugs in a container.
The December arrest triggered a four-game suspension for Rivers, with the defensive lineman, after sitting out the bowl game, still on the hook for sitting out the first three games of the 2016 suspension. The remaining suspension and any additional punitive measures stemming from his latest arrest are now moot points, however, as Rivers has been dismissed from the football program by first-year head coach Kirby Smart.
It’s extremely disappointing. He’s been given previous opportunities to remain on our football team but continues to exhibit a lack of good judgment and commitment to the standards we require and expect from our players. He’s put himself in a difficult position but we hope he finds a path that will provide some direction in his future.
A four-star 2015 recruit, Rivers was rated as the No. 14 weakside defensive end in the country and the No. 25 player at any position in the state of Georgia by 247Sports.com. He played in four games last season.