September 08, 2010
To recap our plot so far: A.J. Green, Georgia's high-flying All-American wide receiver, had a nice chat with the NCAA in July, was subsequently yanked from the lineup hours before Saturday's season-opening rout over Louisiana-Lafayette. Wednesday morning, the curtain was drawn to reveal Green had allegedly sold a used game jersey for a little under $1,000 after last December's Independence Bowl. He sold it to "an individual who meets the NCAA definition of an agent," actually. That set off at the NCAA, and now it's going to cost him Georgia's next three games. From UGA Sports:
ATHENS – The NCAA came down hard Wednesday on Georgia star wide receiver A.J. Green, ordering him to sit out four games as punishment for selling a game jersey to a sports agent.
Green sold the jersey he wore in last season’s Independence Bowl for $1,000, according to the facts of the case stipulated by Georgia. Green has donated the money to charity, the NCAA said.
Green apologized to UGA’s players, coaches and fans for what he called “the mistake in judgment.”
Georgia plans to appeal the NCAA ruling in hopes of having the length of the suspension reduced.
There's no good time for a four-game suspension in the SEC, but the Bulldogs' front-loaded conference schedule will leave them without one of the league's most dynamic playmakers for critical league dates at South Carolina on Saturday, at home against Arkansas on Sept. 18 and at Mississippi State on Sept. 25. The line in Columbia is currently South Carolina by a field goal, and rising.
How did this conversation after the Independence Bowl go, exactly? "Hey yo, A.J., nice six-catch, 57-yard afternoon. Touchdown woulda been nice. You gonna do anything with that jersey?" That transaction may not cost Green anything when he inevitably declares for the draft next spring, but if it does, it's likely to be a lot more than $1,000.
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