Georgia LB arrested hours after SEC title game

Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick was arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana charge less than five hours after the Bulldogs won the SEC title game on Saturday night.

Patrick and Bulldogs receiver Jayson Stanley were pulled over on Georgia Highway 316 around 11:50 p.m. for speeding in a car being driven by Stanley, according to a report by ESPN. The officer smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle, and the players attempted to throw a bag of suspected marijuana from the car, according to the report.

Patrick and Stanley were held overnight at the Barrow County detention center and online jail records show that Patrick was released on $1,030 bond on Sunday. It is the third marijuana-related arrest for Patrick and the second this year.

He was arrested in October on misdemeanor marijuana charges and served a four-game suspension. Patrick was arrested on the same charge as a freshman in 2015 and served a one-game suspension.

He is sixth on the team with 35 tackles this season, including three in Saturday’s victory over Auburn.

Stanley, a junior from Fairburn, Georgia, has one reception and three special teams tackles in 11 games.

Georgia earned the No. 3 spot in the College Football Playoff rankings and will play Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. Whether Patrick will participate in that game is uncertain. Georgia Athletic Association policies mandate that student-athletes be dismissed from the team following a third drug-related incident.

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