Georgia defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor arrested

Taylor faces a charge of aggravated assault

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ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor remained in the Clarke County Jail on Tuesday evening after an arrest in the early morning hours on a charge of felony aggravated assault/family violence.

No announcement about Taylor’s status on the Bulldogs’ team was expected Tuesday, an athletic department spokesman said. Taylor’s second arrest this off-season put his future with the program in jeopardy.

Police determined that Taylor was the “primary aggressor” in a domestic violence incident at McWhorter Hall with his girlfriend, according to University of Georgia police chief Jimmy Williamson.

UGA police and emergency medical services personnel were dispatched at 2:47 a.m. to meet a possible victim at Busbee Hall. The call came from a male friend of the victim. Police met with the victim and her friend at Busbee.

There was evidence that the victim had been “possibly strangled by the offender,” in the incident in Taylor’s dorm room, Williamson said. The victim and Taylor got into an argument at McWhorter Hall and she told police he “physically assaulted her,” according to the police incident report. Officers determined an established relationship with Taylor and the victim, who police said had been living together for several weeks.

The victim is a UGA student not enrolled in summer school.

The police report said the victim had “visible scratches and red marks to her neck and bruises on her arm and leg.”

The reporting officer wrote he determined that Taylor “had offensively used his hands to choke her and had also struck her several times with a closed fist.”

The 6-foot-5, 340-pound Taylor was placed under arrest at 4:45 a.m. and booked into the Clarke County Jail at 6:08 a.m.

Williamson said the aggravated assault charge is based on new wording in laws dealing with strangulation.

Taylor will have to go before a judge, who will determine bond in the case, Williamson said.

A senior UGA athletic administrator met with Williamson around 8 a.m., presumably to gather information on the case.

Taylor was one of four players arrested in March on theft by deception charges for “double-dipping” student stipend checks issued by the UGA Athletic Association by cashing or depositing the funds twice.

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justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/22/14 - 08:22 am
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Kick him out

Let him go to Auburn with the rest of em.

redfish
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redfish 07/22/14 - 08:25 am
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In other news...

Jonathan Taylor has moved to the top of Auburn's recruiting board.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/22/14 - 08:38 am
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I can think of several teams

I can think of several teams who would take him.

deestafford
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deestafford 07/22/14 - 09:00 am
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It's like the Ol' Ball Coach at SC...

It's like the Ol' Ball Coach at SC says, " Play UGA early in the season when many are on probation."

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/22/14 - 09:06 am
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yep Dee

He should have gone to SC. Then the ole ball coach's response would have been, ah heck, just boyz being boyz.

AFjoe
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AFjoe 07/22/14 - 09:38 am
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Nose Tackle

Apparently the nose tackle can't keep his nose clean.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 07/22/14 - 12:05 pm
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If He Can't Play Football...

If he gets cut, and can no longer play football, I wonder what he is good at -- other than choking girlfriends ?? Sad excuse for a man.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 07/22/14 - 12:58 pm
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Sure, this is an embarassment

Sure, this is an embarassment for Georgia, but isn't also embarassing for schools like Auburn who have proven in the past that they will take thugs like this after being kicked off Georgia's team?
Unless something unexpected happens, I'm thinking this guy will no longer be a Dawg. He not only hurt his girlfriend, he also hurt his team, his coaches, his family, and himself.

geecheeriverman
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geecheeriverman 07/23/14 - 04:32 am
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THUG

Once a thug, always a thug. UGA and the NCAA seem to think they can recruit these types and reform them. It ain't gonna happen folks!

Airman
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Airman 07/23/14 - 04:39 am
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NFL Numer 1 pick

Taylor will be perfect for the NFL (National Felons League)

Airman
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Airman 07/23/14 - 04:41 am
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What happened

to the day when these big Universities bought 7-11's that their players could rob and not get caught. It was an easy way to support their players without getting caught passing out cash

Darby
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Darby 07/23/14 - 10:48 am
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"What happened

to the day when these big Universities bought 7-11's that their players could rob and not get caught."
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Say what???

jmo
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jmo 07/23/14 - 01:56 pm
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Just another ......

thug disguised as a college football player. This is his second arrest within the past year.

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