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Georgia linebacker cited for allegedly driving 88 in 55-mph zone; Bulldogs driving incidents continue

Members of the Georgia Bulldogs football team continue to drive dangerously. This time, it’s someone who has yet to play a snap for them.

Freshman linebacker Samuel M’Pemba was cited for allegedly driving 88 mph in a 55-mph zone Wednesday.

The Athens Banner-Herald reported M’Pemba received a ticket 10 miles from where Georgia wide receiver Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint pleaded guilty to speeding an hour earlier.

This is far from the biggest legal trouble members of the team have been in in recent months, though. Jalen Carter, the ninth overall pick of the past NFL draft, was the driver of a vehicle racing another car carrying Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock and recruiting staff member Chandler LeCroy. The car carrying Willock and LeCroy crashed after traveling at speeds over 100 mph, killing both.

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A view of Sanford Stadium in a game against Georgia Tech

Sanford Stadium during a game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Nov. 24, 2018, in Athens, Ga.  (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Carter was charged with two misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and racing, and he pleaded no contest. He was sentenced to 12 months probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. Carter was also ordered to serve 80 hours community service and will have to complete a state-approved defensive driving course.

Carter also was pulled over for being “reckless” in September. During that incident, an officer said Carter was the third Georgia football player he had pulled over in two days, and he had pulled over Dylan Fairchild “a minute ago” for “doing 70” in the same area.

In February, junior linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson was charged for what police described as street racing. Freshman receiver De’Nylon Morrissette was taken into police custody after authorities observed him “driving too fast for conditions.” He was also charged with drunken driving and two additional misdemeanors. 

Kirby Smart at the spring game

Georgia Bulldogs Head Coach Kirby Smart during the G-Day Red and Black spring game April 15, 2023, at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. (John Adams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Body camera footage obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution showed a police officer reprimanding Morrissette. During the video, the officer referenced the deaths of Willock and LeCroy.

“Y’all got to slow down,” the officer told Morrissette. “We’ve been getting all of y’all — a lot. You obviously know about the other wreck and stuff. Y’all got to slow down. I’m sure Kirby wouldn’t be happy about all of this.”

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Stetson Bennett, who was arrested in January for public intoxication and was drafted by the Rams in the fourth round, says the Bulldogs do not have a culture issue.

“Those were individual mistakes that those individuals are responsible for. Not a culture issue,” he said at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

Stetson Bennett in 2023

Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) runs the ball for a touchdown against the TCU Horned Frogs in the College Football Playoff national championship game Jan. 9, 2023, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. (Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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“Absolutely not. I would say we’re far from it,” Kirby Smart said when asked the same thing. “When you talk to people outside our program that come into it, they talk about what a great culture we do have, and we do an incredible job. Because I’ve got a lot of outside entities that come into our program and pour into these young men.”

Smart addressed the recent troubles in May, saying his players would be punished.

“Everybody wants to know what the punishment is. Well, the players know what the punishment is,” Smart said at the time. “And that’s important for our guys to acknowledge that and understand it. But I want to educate further. I want to make sure they understand.”

Fox News’ Chantz Martin contributed to this report.

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