UGA dismisses basketball player

Junior forward Brandon Morris is facing a felony charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

 

ATHENS, Ga. -- Junior forward Brandon Morris has been dismissed from the University of Georgia basketball team, head coach Mark Fox said in a statement released early Monday afternoon.

Morris is facing a felony charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He was arrested by Athens-Clarke County police and booked into the Clarke County Jail early Sunday morning and released on a $2,500 bond before noon Sunday.

“This program has a strong expectation of citizenship and every one of our players understands this,” Fox said. “This expectation does not mean that mistakes will not happen. When they do I always deal with them appropriately. Brandon had a very clear understanding of our expectation. Unfortunately, I’ve had to dismiss him from our team. We’ve offered Brandon as much help as we can as he leaves, in hope that he can continue his career somewhere else.”

Morris, from Lithonia, averaged 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore for the Bulldogs last season. He started 25 of the 31 games in which he played, averaging 25.4 minutes per contest.

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