The Athens Banner-Herald is reporting that Georgia RB Elijah Holyfield is entering into a pretrial diversion program for his May 1 marijuana arrest. If the sophomore ball-carrier successfully completes the program, the charge may be dismissed and expunged from his record.
Holyfield was arrested after a resident assistant called the police because of the smell of marijuana coming from his room. When the police arrived, Holyfield initially refused a search. Upon returning with a warrant, police found a glass pipe and small bag of marijuana.
Now, to complete the 12-month program, Holyfield will have to complete 40 hours of community service and pay a $200 program fee and a monthly supervision fee. During this time, he cannot consume alcohol or illegal drugs and may not go to a bar, liquor store or nightclub. Holyfield will also be asked to submit to random tests and report to a supervising officer once a month. To successfully complete the program, he cannot be arrested or cited for breaking the law.
The Banner-Herald notes that the program is the same as the one Georgia WR Riley Ridley is in for his March 11 marijuana arrest and charge. Both are expected to face one-game suspensions as part of UGA athletic department policy.