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Ex-UGA football player faces sex charge

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 10:39 AM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- A University of Georgia student and former Bulldogs football player was arrested this week in an alleged sexual assault.

Jamal James Payette, 22, was charged Monday with aggravated sexual battery following a woman’s complaint that he assaulted her at her east Athens residence earlier that same day, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

The charge is a felony offense that carries a prison sentence of 25 years to life if an alleged offender is convicted.

A White County High School graduate, Payette was a walk-on who may never have played a game with the Bulldogs. There are no available game statistics for the former wide receiver.

Payette was listed as a member of the Bulldog’s 2012 scout team. The year before he earned the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll distinction.

UGA websites say Payette hails from Cleveland, Ga., majors in finance and works as a clerk at UGA’s Performing Arts Center.

He is being held without bail at the Clarke County Jail.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 02/06/14 - 01:08 pm
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Oh, good grief! Why did Joe

Oh, good grief! Why did Joe Johnson feel the need to say this guy was an ex-Georgia Bulldog football player? How in the world is that even partially relevant? Why not say he was an ex-Boy Scout? Or he was a Democrat? Hey, how about labeling him as a guy with a horrible afro?
I'll tell you why..because NONE of those matter! To say he was an ex-Bulldog player, because he was on the scout team is stretching it. How long was he on the scout team? A year? A month? 4 years? See?? There's a difference, isn't there?
C'mon, Joe...you can do better.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 02/06/14 - 01:27 pm
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Yeah poor journalism

he used the UGA reference to lure people to read the article.

Lady V
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Lady V 02/06/14 - 01:45 pm
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Pi** Poor Journalism, Pal...

a walk-on does not equate to a "UGA Football player". You couldn't find any statistics because he never played. The University of Georgia should slap you with a libel charge. This borders on defamation of an entity's reputation. Good grief, you're horrible.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 02/06/14 - 01:53 pm
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If I were the judge, I'd tack

If I were the judge, I'd tack on an extra 10 years for the hair do.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 02/06/14 - 02:35 pm
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Scout team

Both walk-ons and members of the scout team are still members of the football team. Not all players will participate in an actual game. As far as I can tell there is nothing incorrect in this story.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/06/14 - 03:53 pm
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Nothing incorrect, but...

...it's a question of emphasis. Kind of like when veterans are gratuitously identified as such when their deeds have nothing to with what the story is about.

David Parker
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David Parker 02/06/14 - 04:16 pm
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Sideshow Bob?

Sideshow Bob?

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 02/06/14 - 05:00 pm
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Sean, you know exactly what

Sean, you know exactly what our point is. Nobody is disputing that this guy was on the team, in some fashion. The issue is that it was an unreasonable and pointless fact of this guy's background. If he had a history of being kicked off the team due to a similar crime, then include it. Like I said before, why not mention the guy's political affiliation or what grocery store he frequents? How are those facts less critical to the story than the football thing? I am not about to tell you or Joe Johnson how to write a story. But I have no problem REMINDING you how what is written comes across to the reader. Simply put, it took away from the actual story, and that's a rookie mistake. Now, if Joe Johnson is fairly new, then this should serve as a good reminder.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 02/06/14 - 05:11 pm
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@jmo

I understand what you are saying. I don't think that this would be a story at all if he wasn't affiliated with the football team. Maybe a brief in Athens only.

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csrareader 02/06/14 - 05:26 pm
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Nothing "technically wrong," but

it's an example of poor journalism that would make for a lively discussion in Journalism 101 at any college in the Country. It will make an excellent teaching article, but as for journalism, it leaves a lot to be desired.

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rmwhitley 02/06/14 - 06:09 pm
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Just let the
Unpublished

thug go to a jr. coll., then enroll at LSU, Auburn or Florida like they do, anyway.

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fedex227 02/06/14 - 08:50 pm
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What??
Unpublished

"I don't think that this would be a story at all if he wasn't affiliated with the football team."

So the sexual assault accusation alone is just an aside? Journalism loses.

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BobbyHodges 02/07/14 - 08:31 am
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Witness

This is what happens when print media can't sell papers. They trump up a story to get clicks. Get used to it, it's all these dying papers have left.

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