King adds to Georgia arrest list

ATHENS, Ga. --- The good vibes that came from Georgia's victory against Tennessee were abruptly interrupted Monday with yet another arrest of a Bulldogs football player.

 

Running back Caleb King, a redshirt junior who started and led the team in rushing in the Bulldogs' 41-14 victory, was arrested in Athens for not appearing in court in Walton County for a speeding ticket.


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King is the 11th Georgia football player arrested this year.

Coach Mark Richt did not meet with reporters Monday and did not announce any discipline for King.

"We're going to do what we feel like is the right thing to do," Richt said on his radio call-in show Monday night. "Bottom line is we've got to make sure everybody takes care of business."

Georgia associate athletic director Claude Felton said Richt spent most of Monday gathering information about the arrest.

A caller to Richt's show asked about the arrest as it relates to recruiting.

"It was not a responsible thing, but I can't say that it's some kind of awful act that we all should just be ashamed of," Richt said. "All these young men have to understand they have a responsibility to take care of whatever issue they have. If they have a ticket, they need to pay it. If they don't, they need to show up to their court date. Those things are certainly obvious, and we have got to get better at those kinds of things."

King was booked into the Clarke County Jail at 5:08 a.m. Monday and released at 10:45 a.m., according to the jail's online booking report.

He practiced Monday evening, but his teammates said they didn't know whether he will play Saturday.

Running back Washaun Ealey, who was suspended for the first game of the season after an arrest, would be expected to have a bigger workload if King doesn't play.

"I feel like I'm up to the challenge," Ealey said. "I'm pretty sure they have other guys ready to step in."

On June 20, police clocked King going 76 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to Walton County warrants clerk Cindy Hester.

King is Georgia's second-leading rusher with 228 yards and a touchdown.

He was arrested in 2007 by university police after riding a motor scooter the wrong way on a one-way street on campus. A computer check showed his license had been suspended.

Saturday's games

- Vanderbilt at Georgia, noon (CBS-Ch. 12)

- Maryland at Clemson, noon (Fox-Ch. 54)

- Middle Tennessee State at Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN3.com)

- Georgia Southern at Chattanooga, 6 p.m. (No TV)

- South Carolina at Kentucky, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

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