Freshman football players Julian Rochester and Chad Clay were arrested and charged with 2 felonies each early this morning. Jason Butt of Macon.com first reported the arrests.
As of 7:00 this morning, it appears from jail records that both are still incarcerated.
Some (unofficial) reports indicate that the weapon may have been a pellet gun or some type of air rifle that was discharged inside of an apartment. If so, it seems that the charges could be reduced latter.
Rochester’s high school confirms the air gun.
Julian will bounce back from his mistake of having a BB gun in his dorm room. Live & learn. Supporting our fellow Indian through this time.
— McEachern Football (@McEachernFtball) April 12, 2016
Further details emerge:
Clay & Rochester arrested for shooting BB Gun at street signs, but in a school zone. Thats why felony charge. Appropriate or over reaction?
— Proud UGA Homer (@CFB929) April 12, 2016
Here is the official UGA press release:
University of Georgia freshmen Julian Rochester and Chad Clay
were arrested Monday night on charges related to possession of a BB gun and
“I’m disappointed with the poor judgment of Julian and Chad,” said UGA head
coach Kirby Smart. “We expect full compliance with the policies of the
University and of our football program from all our student-athletes.
Information is still being gathered but they will be disciplined in an
— Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) April 12, 2016