CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kirby Smart is still gathering information about the arrests of two of his players. They occurred just a few hours after the Bulldogs won the SEC Championship on Saturday.
Linebacker Natrez Patrick was arrested for possession of marijuana less than one ounce in Barrow County, and he was in a vehicle with teammate Jayson Stanley. Stanley was also charged for possession of marijuana less than one ounce, DUI-drugs and speeding.
It was Patrick's third marijuana-related arrest, and, according to the UGA student-athlete handbook, that means he should be kicked off the team.
11Alive's Kim Smith asked Smart directly if Patrick is still on the team.
“To be honest with you right now we’re still gathering information and we’ll handle all that stuff as it comes about,” Smart said on Monday.
Smart spoke with Smith at the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Ceremony in Charlotte, where linebacker Roquan Smith is a finalist.
Officers clocked a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro with temporary tags going 87 mph in a 65 mph zone, according to the Borrow County police report obtained by 11Alive. Authorities said Stanley was driving.
When they pulled the car over, officers said they noted what they called an "overpowering odor of marijuana" coming from the vehicle. Officers removed both the driver and passenger from the vehicle, and detained them while they searched the car.
A significant amount of marijuana was found in the passenger's seat and throughout the floorboard of the car, according to the report. An empty orange juice bottle was also found on the passenger's side floorboard with burnt marijuana in the bottom, deputies said.
Smart expressed his disappointment about his players' actions after such a big win for the program, which earned them a spot in the College Football Playoff.
“Any time you get a situation like that [you're disappointed]. But we’ve still got things we’re finding out. We’re trying to discover everything involved. Disappointed in both young men but we’ve got a lot of information to still find.”
Smart has some time before Georgia's next game, the Rose Bowl, which is on New Year's Day. They will play the Oklahoma Sooners.