We’ve now reached a point where Justin Fields has made more headlines after deciding to leave Georgia than he ever did suiting up and playing in Athens. That’s not what most envisioned when the former five-star in-state prospect signed with the Bulldogs but that’s what has happened following his decision to transfer to Ohio State following his freshman season.
Fields was recently granted a waiver by the NCAA to play immediately for the Buckeyes in 2019 and while the specific reason for the unusual waiver has not been provided, it has been reported that Fields’ waiver claim stems from an incident dating back to Georgia’s Sept. 29 home game against Tennessee when a member of the Georgia baseball team yelled a racial slur from the stands.
Now Fields’ attorney is claiming that the incident had nothing to do with the QB’s waiver request.
If you don’t know the name Thomas Mars, he is a well-known attorney in college football circles. He was Houston Nutt’s attorney after Hugh Freeze attempted to blame NCAA violations Ole Miss was charged with on Nutt, which ultimately led to Freeze being fired in Oxford. Mars also served as Shea Patterson’s attorney last offseason and helped the QB gain his eligibility at Michigan.
In a statement released to ESPN, Mars claims Fields’ waiver application has nothing to do with the Sept. 29 incident in Sanford Stadium:
“Irrefutable documentation that has nothing to do with racism was presented to the NCAA in support of OSU’s request that Justin Fields be given a waiver. That information wasn’t critical of — and didn’t reflect poorly on — the UGA culture, the UGA administration or staff, any particular student, or the student body. And it certainly didn’t reflect poorly on Justin or any member of his family. However, that documentation did provide support for the issuance of a waiver under the NCAA’s rules.”
After learning that his waiver had been approved, Fields released a statement claiming much the same, which praised the culture at Georgia. Why these statements didn’t come out before the waiver was granted is unclear.