More Trouble for Dawgs
Jeff Henson

Posted Aug 3, 2008


ATHENS – Two Georgia players and a third former player were arrested Saturday morning in separate incidents, according to the university and the Athens-Clarke County jail.

Former Bulldog and Stratford Academy alum Michael Lemon was arrested and charged with underage drinking Saturday morning, according to a spokeswoman from the Athens-Clarke County jail. Lemon, a defensive end, had been dismissed from the team last month after an arrest on charges of aggravated battery.

Junior safety Donovan Baldwin and senior long snapper Jeff Henson were arrested Saturday morning as well, and both have been suspended indefinitely from the team, according to a university news release.

Henson was arrested on an alcohol-related charge, while Baldwin was arrested after being injured in a fight in downtown Athens. He was treated at a local hospital, according to the school. Several news sources have reported that incoming freshman Marcus Dowtin was hospitalized during the fight.

Both Henson and Baldwin had been arrested within the past 12 months as well. Henson was arrested on driving under the influence charges in November, causing him to miss the Sugar Bowl. Baldwin was also arrested on DUI charges in January.

“This is the second incident for (Baldwin and Henson) in the last year,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. “In my judgment their standing with the program is in question and they don’t deserve to report with the rest of our team on Sunday.”

Henson had been Georgia’s primary long snapper on punts the past two seasons, while Baldwin has played in 20 games since 2006.

Lemon, who appeared in eight games for the Bulldogs last season, was dismissed from the team in July after a fellow Georgia student claimed he had been attacked by Lemon.

Richt had recently called the decision to dismiss Lemon the hardest of his career at Georgia and said he hoped Lemon was on a path back to the team.

“We are trying to provide a path that could lead him back to Georgia,” Richt said during SEC Media Days last month.


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