Riley Ridley, a promising young receiver for Georgia, was arrested Saturday night.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ridley was arrested for possession of marijuana following a traffic stop and is facing a misdemeanor charge. Jail records indicate Ridley was found with less than an ounce of marijuana in his possession. He was released from custody on bond just after midnight Sunday morning.
Per the AJC, police said Ridley was the passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over for failing to yield at an intersection. The arresting officer, Chase Pate, wrote in his arrest report that Ridley said he was an athlete and “requested to call someone to help the traffic stop ‘go a whole lot smoother.’”
Pate wrote that “the odor of raw marijuana was present and coming from the window,” and then requested a backup officer. During that time, “Ridley explained that he was an athlete and he requested to call someone to help the traffic stop ‘go a whole lot smoother,’” the officer wrote.
When the backup officer came, Turner and Ridley left the vehicle and a search was conducted, finding “multiple small bags of marijuana.”
Ridley then told the officer that Turner had not consumed anything, she was just anxious about the traffic stop. The officer then wrote that Ridley made “several comments implying that the results of the traffic stop were going to hurt his career as an athlete.”
Ridley later admitted he and the driver smoked marijuana earlier in the day.
Ridley, a four-star recruit in the 2016 class, caught 12 passes for 238 yards and two scores in 2016 as a true freshman. His 238 yards were fourth-most on the team. In 2017, Ridley is expected to move up the depth chart in 2017 and potentially earn a starting role.
A misdemeanor arrest calls for a one-game suspension, per Georgia’s student-athlete handbook. UGA opens its 2017 season against Appalachian State.
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