Smart takes media to task

Anthony Dasher, Editor
GA Varsity
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Freshman safety Deangelo Gibbs appeared to suffer an upper body injury during the media’s viewing period on Thursday, but head coach Kirby Smart was in no mood to tell the media what it was.

Several reporters, including UGASports.com, wrote about the injury. Smart called it a finger injury at the time and Gibbs seemed to shake it off quickly. Others wrote that the injury was to Gibbs’ shoulder, something a perturbed Smart did not care to discuss when asked about it after practice.

“Considering I haven’t had a lot of time to talk to the trainers, but it’s nice to know you guys have found it in your hearts to report it,” Smart said. “His mom has to find out from you guys rather than from us, which upsets me a little bit to be honest with you. I don’t think it’s really fair. So, we’ll make some changes for you guys and try to handle that a little better from now.”

Georgia does not currently have a policy that the media cannot report injuries they see at practice, but based on Smart’s comment, that apparently could be about to change.

Reporters are also not allowed to make Social Media posts or write on message boards while at the practice field.

An early enrollee, Gibbs has been working primarily at Star so far during spring practice.

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