Georgia DL Jonathan Ledbetter's suspension 'will surprise everybody'
It sounds like Georgia coach Kirby Smart is about to lay down the law on Jonathan Ledbetter, setting the tone for future off-field incidents that don’t exactly represent the school/program in an ideal manner.
Earlier this month, Ledbetter — a sophomore defensive end — was arrested for a DUI after registering blood-alcohol readings of .131 and .138. It’s a known fact that he will miss at least two games this upcoming season, per the university’s student-athlete handbook. But in a recent interview with ESPN, Smart indicated that it could be much more than that.
“I’m not getting into the number of games, but I think it’ll surprise everybody when they find out how many,” Smart said.
In March, Ledbetter was arrested for underage drinking and the use of a fake ID. Those charges were eventually dropped due to an error by the officer (he searched Ledbetter’s wallet before arresting him) but could be used against him in addition to the most recent incident.
Per the university’s student-athlete handbook:
If either of the two offenses is a DUI, the competition suspension will be no less than 50 (percent) of the total sport season. The Director of Athletics and Head Sport Coach will review the case and determine whether the student-athlete is allowed to practice during the suspension.
As a freshman, Ledbetter saw action in two games and recorded four tackles, according to CFBReference.com. Prior to this month’s occurrence, he was expected to play a much bigger role on the Bulldogs’ defensive line in 2016.