Dewberry Apologizes


ATHENS, Ga. — His decision-making wasn’t the best this past weekend when he destroyed hospital property in an angry rage, but suspended Georgia linebacker Darius Dewberry did his best to set the record straight Monday.

Dewberry, who will miss the first two games after being suspended by coach Mark Richt, met with the media and apologized for his actions. He said the hardest part was taking what had already been a rough offseason for the Bulldogs and making it worse.

Georgia has had eight players arrested in 2008, and six have either been suspended or dismissed from the team.

“I want to apologize to St. Mary’s Hospital. I want to apologize to my teammates and all the Bulldogs’ fans,” said Dewberry, who caused an estimated $2,100 in damages at the hospital after finding out that a couple of his teammates were being treated there for injuries they suffered in a barroom brawl. “I overreacted and made a bad decision.”

Dewberry, a strong-side linebacker for the Bulldogs, said he doesn’t have a final tally of what he’ll have to pay. He plans to get a job to help pay for the damages.

“Whatever I have to [pay], I will. I did it, and I’ll deal with it,” he said.

Dewberry wasn’t at the bar when the brawl started. He said he received a call that his teammates had been hit over the head with a bottle and met them at the hospital.

“My actions didn’t make it any better,” Dewberry said. “It was bad.”

With Dewberry out for the first two games, true freshman Christian Robinson will move into the backup role behind starter Akeem Dent on the strong side, Georgia linebackers coach John Jancek said Monday.

Check back a little later tonight, and I’ll have several more notes, quotes and leftovers from the Bulldogs’ media day and first preseason practice.


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