Jalen Carter has released a statement following the news that he’s being charged with reckless driving and racing in connection with a fatal car crash that took place on Jan. 15 in Athens.

The crash killed teammate Devin Willock and UGA recruiting staffer Chandler LeCroy. Carter initially told police he was more than a mile away from the scene when the accident occurred.

However, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department announced on Wednesday it has evidence that Carter was racing the vehicle that crashed prior to the accident. Carter is facing misdemeanor charges.

Carter is maintaining his innocence and said he will return to Athens to address the charges. Here’s his statement:

“This morning I received a telephone call from the Athens Georgia Police department informing me that two misdemeanor warrants have been issued against me for reckless driving and racing. Numerous media reports also have circulated this morning containing inaccurate information concerning the tragic events of January 15, 2023. It is my intention to return to Athens to answer the misdemeanor charges against me and to make certain that the complete and accurate truth is presented. There is no question in my mind that when all of the facts are known that I will be fully exonerated of any criminal wrongdoing.”

Carter was in Indianapolis on Wednesday for the NFL Scouting combine. He was scheduled to meet with reporters, but did not appear.

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart also released a statement on Wednesday. He called the new information “deeply concerning” and said the program was fully cooperating with authorities.