Dewberry Goes To Work

Georgia Linebacker Darius Dewberry

Georgia Linebacker Darius Dewberry

Junior linebacker Darius Dewberry is working two jobs to pay for the damage he inflicted to St. Mary’s Hospital property this past weekend. According to Richt, Dewberry started a job with UGA that he works 8 a.m.-noon each day and another one at St. Mary’s that he works from 8 p.m. to midnight.

In between “he’s with us,” Richt said.

Dewberry’s angry outburst after learning of a teammate’s injuries from a fight resulted in more than $2,000 worth of damage to a parking-lot control arm and four plant-container pots. Richt suspended Dewberry for the first two games and ordered him to get a job to pay for the damages, and Dewberry must do 20 hours of community service. Richt said Dewberry also will work the first two Saturdays of the season while he’s suspended, then he can return to the team full time.

“He’s anxious to pay off his debt,” Richt said. “He was very sincere about that from the start.”

– Courtesy of AJC.com

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.

Another Dawg Suspended

Georgia Linebacker Darius Dewberry

Georgia Linebacker Darius Dewberry

Linebacker Darius Dewberry became the sixth Georgia player to be suspended by coach Mark Richt on Monday.

Dewberry, a junior from Peach County High in Fort Valley, admitted to being the person responsible for damaging a parking lot control device and four plant container pots in the wee hours of Saturday morning at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens. Dewberry will be suspended for the Georgia Southern and Central Michigan games and will be responsible for paying for the damages.

Dewberry, who made five starts for the Bulldogs last season, will also undergo counseling and faces 20 hours of community service and ‘in-house’ punishment.

– Courtesy of AJC.com