A University of Georgia football player was booked into the Clarke County Jail this morning on a felony charge stemming from a fight last weekend that seriously injured another UGA student.
Michael Lemon, 20, a redshirt sophomore defensive end, surrendered less than a day after Athens-Clarke police took out warrants charging him with misdemeanor battery and felony aggravated battery.
Lemon should automatically be suspended from the team indefinitely because of the arrest on felony charges, according to the university Athletic Association rules.
Police allege Lemon beat Demarius Jackson, a 20-year-old political science and international affairs major, during a cookout Saturday night at an Athens apartment complex.
Lemon, who allegedly had been drinking liquor, accused Jackson of talking to his girlfriend before he knocked Jackson to the ground with a single punch, police said.
Lemon, who is 6-foot-4 and 274 pounds, continued to pummel the much smaller student until someone pulled him off, according to police.
Jackson was knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion and "blowout fracture," a serious injury to the bone around the eye that might require surgery, Jackson said late Wednesday afternoon, soon after an Athens-Clarke County Magistrate Court judge signed warrants for Lemon¹s arrest.
A conviction on an aggravated battery charge is punishable by one to 20 years in prison.
Lemon is the third Georgia football player arrested within three days, and at least the seventh to be arrested this offseason.
Sophomore offensive linemen Justin Anderson and Trinton Sturdivant were booked into the county jail Monday night, after UGA police charged them with battery.
The men allegedly touched a pregnant woman's stomach and made lewd comments as they followed her at the East Campus Village dormitory Saturday night, police said.
Athens attorney Edward Tolley, attorney for the UGA Athletic Association, said the players denied the charge.
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Source: Morris News Service