Embattled Evans has job for now

Damon Evans, woman with him arrested Wednesday night

AP
Georgia athletic director Damon Evans speaks during a news conference in Athens, Ga., Thursday, July 1, 2010. A state trooper pulled Evans over late Wednesday night for driving erratically. Police said Evans smelled of alcohol and was given a field sobriety test. He was taken to Atlanta's city jail on charges of DUI and failure to maintain a lane.
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ATHENS, Ga. --- University of Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans apologized to his family, Bulldog fans and university administrators at a media briefing Thursday evening, but his future as AD remains in doubt after his arrest in Atlanta on a DUI charge Wednesday night.

Damon Evans charged with DUI  Morris News Service
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Damon Evans charged with DUI

"I do feel like my actions have put a black cloud over our storied program," Evans said.

Evans has not offered to resign, and does not know what disciplinary action Georgia president Michael Adams might impose.

"My desire is to keep my job," Evans said.

But as of Thursday evening, he didn't know what his future job status would be.

"I don't know what's coming my way," he said.

A statement Adams released Thursday gave little clue about Evans' future.

"Drinking and driving is a serious matter, and I was extremely disappointed to hear of the arrest," Adams said in his statement. "Certainly this is not an example of the kind of leadership that I expect our senior administrators to set."

But Adams will wait to decide what disciplinary or other actions he might take.

"I was notified of this matter while away on vacation and will reserve further action pending a full review by staff and legal counsel," Adams said in his release.

A Georgia State Patrol trooper arrested Evans shortly before midnight after the trooper stopped the Georgia grad at Roswell Road and Chastain Drive.

The trooper smelled alcohol and administered a field sobriety test. Evans refused to take a breath test and was booked into the City of Atlanta Pre-trial Detention Center, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to maintain his lane.

A passenger in the BMW, Lakeside High graduate Courtney Fuhrmann, was charged with disorderly conduct after she ignored a trooper's warning to return to the vehicle while he was administering sobriety tests, according to a spokesman for the patrol.

Evans described Fuhrmann, 28, as "just a friend."

Evans said "to all the people out there in Bulldog Land, it's going to take awhile for me to win your trust back and it should. And I don't know if I ever will. But what I can say is, I will do everything in my power to make you believe in me once again."

UGA president releases statement regarding athletic director

Athens, Ga. - University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams released the following statement today upon hearing about the arrest of Damon Evans, UGA director of athletics, in Atlanta.

"UGA Athletic Director Damon Evans informed me early this morning of his arrest and provided me an account of the events of last night. Drinking and driving is a serious matter, and I was extremely disappointed to hear of the arrest. Certainly this is not an example of the kind of leadership that I expect our senior administrators to set. I have high regard for Damon personally; I care deeply about him and his family and know him to be a man of integrity. He has sincerely apologized to me for the embarrassment this has brought upon the university. I was notified of this matter while away on vacation and will reserve further action pending a full review by staff and legal counsel."

Passenger was a Lakeside grad

Courtney Fuhrmann, the 28-year-old woman who was a passenger in Damon Evans' car, grew up in Martinez and is a graduate of Lakeside High School.

She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct Wednesday night after the University of Georgia athletic director was arrested for drunken driving.

According to her profile on LinkedIn, Fuhrmann lives in Atlanta and is employed at Chrisley Asset Management. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern with a degree in journalism. She previously worked as a real estate agent and a mortgage loan officer.

In high school, she was an honor student and played on the basketball team and was voted "most outgoing" by her senior class.

"I honestly don't want to talk to any press," Fuhrmann told The Associated Press. "I'm not answering anything at this point."

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OnlyinAgs
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OnlyinAgs 07/01/10 - 12:40 pm
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Well he's out, sorry.

Well he's out, sorry.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 07/01/10 - 12:54 pm
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Evans got no one to blame but

Evans got no one to blame but himself for destroying his career.

maninthamirror
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maninthamirror 07/01/10 - 01:02 pm
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OnlyinAgs, do they need to

OnlyinAgs, do they need to drug test him too? What say you?

jbenny2010
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jbenny2010 07/01/10 - 01:03 pm
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Too bad he doesn't work for

Too bad he doesn't work for RCBOE!

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 07/01/10 - 01:03 pm
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Check out the pic. Tore up

Check out the pic. Tore up from the floor up!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/01/10 - 01:05 pm
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He needs to call Ben Harbin.

He needs to call Ben Harbin.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/01/10 - 01:18 pm
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I hope his career is not

I hope his career is not ruined. Everybody makes mistakes. Hopefully, he will be able to overcome this one.

maninthamirror
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maninthamirror 07/01/10 - 01:34 pm
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Ha, THAT is funny Grumb!

Ha, THAT is funny Grumb!

Chillen
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Chillen 07/01/10 - 01:42 pm
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Go Dawgs !?!

Go Dawgs !?!

UrbanMeyerHater
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UrbanMeyerHater 07/01/10 - 01:56 pm
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Hate it for Damon. You ever

Hate it for Damon. You ever had a drink and driven? Weve all done it. Only thing keeping you from a dui is nobody ran into YOU on the way home. Give him a break.

SRVaughn5490
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SRVaughn5490 07/01/10 - 02:03 pm
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To- justthefacts - Get real!

To- justthefacts - Get real! This idiot could have killed with his weapons of chose: alcohol, car & bad decision. He chose to forfiet his rights when he drank & got behind the wheel. Time to pay for the crime!!!! DUI KILLS, we need tougher laws across the country.

bone1
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bone1 07/01/10 - 02:08 pm
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are drunk drivers responsible

are drunk drivers responsible for as many accidents as (1) people talking on their cell phones while driving (2) people texting while driving (3) people exhibiting road rage while driving? just wondering; we seem to publicly flog those who drink and drive, but should we reserve at least similar scorn for anyone who drives with distraction or high emotion? i hope damon weathers the storm, but in the current climate of intolerance (yes, i understand he could have killed someone - but he didn't) i wouldn't bet on him.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/01/10 - 02:16 pm
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Vaughn, where did I say he

Vaughn, where did I say he shouldn't pay? Should he be lined up and shot by a firing squad? There is a middle ground.

maninthamirror
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maninthamirror 07/01/10 - 02:20 pm
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He does appear to be slightly

He does appear to be slightly "toasted"!!!

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 07/01/10 - 02:23 pm
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This was an Adam's cronie.

This was an Adam's cronie.

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 07/01/10 - 02:24 pm
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Go Damon and take Michael

Go Damon and take Michael (Adams) with you. Where you at Vince?

OnlyinAgs
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OnlyinAgs 07/01/10 - 02:25 pm
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maininthemirror, they might

maininthemirror, they might need to, if he's a drunk he might also be a functioning addict.

Boogaloo
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Boogaloo 07/01/10 - 02:34 pm
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He was probably thinking

He was probably thinking about UGA's upcoming football schedule and started hitting the bottle.

double_standard
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double_standard 07/01/10 - 03:39 pm
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Damon will be alright pay the

Damon will be alright pay the fine. Vince Dooly is in Kennesaw trying to start a program. And who would he have hired as coach his under 500 coaching son. Looks like someone might have put more than crown in his drink.

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dominionfs 07/01/10 - 03:59 pm
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Here is a suggestion Damon.

Here is a suggestion Damon. Step up and be a role model. You could say " I'm sorry, I screwed up and I stand ready to accept any penalty imposed by the administration of the University of Georgia in this matter."

Local Interests
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Local Interests 07/01/10 - 04:07 pm
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UGA has specific rules for

UGA has specific rules for dealing with students in these situations.

A grown man in a position of authority should be dealt with AT LEAST as harshly as if it were a student.

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corgimom 07/01/10 - 05:35 pm
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"A passenger in Evans’ car,

"A passenger in Evans’ car, Courtney Fuhrmann, 28, was also arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, Wright said. Fuhrmann is believed to be a Lakeside High graduate."

Someone needs to sit that woman down and say "What were you thinking, to get in a car with a drunk driver? Do you have a death wish?"

disssman
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disssman 07/01/10 - 06:02 pm
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I would say he has ay least

I would say he has ay least 550,000 ways to beat this. And we have the best law money can buy.

markmjtx
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markmjtx 07/01/10 - 06:17 pm
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Paul Finebaum has just

Paul Finebaum has just reported on his radio show that Evans is married with two children. He said this should be interesting. Evans is the AD and not an athlete and should be held to very high standards in a leadership role. We will see what happens at the 6:30 PM news conference.

apex24
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apex24 07/01/10 - 06:04 pm
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Georgiais1, what going on

Georgiais1, what going on with your beloved arrogant and mouthy Bulldogs.

God save America
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God save America 07/01/10 - 06:11 pm
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i have intolerance against

i have intolerance against anybody doing anything that might kill somebody else. maybe the girl was drunk when she wouldn't stay in the car untill the tropper arrested her.

bone1
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bone1 07/01/10 - 06:42 pm
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wow - he may talk himself out

wow - he may talk himself out of getting fired, but i don't know how he's gonna explain the 28 year old white girl in the car with him. woof, woof indeed!

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KSL 07/01/10 - 06:54 pm
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Not one of UGA's finer

Not one of UGA's finer moments(athletically speaking). Contrast with "nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina" at the moment.

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csrareader 07/01/10 - 07:09 pm
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It's a sign of the times.

It's a sign of the times. Bubba Clinton survived his sex scandal, and I watched goofballs cheer for Tiger Woods at this year's Masters. It appears that we live in a world without values, so what do you expect?

augustadog
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augustadog 07/01/10 - 07:09 pm
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The only reason he has not

The only reason he has not been forced to resign is.........................

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