Ealey was arrested and charged with leaving the scene and driving under a suspended license after hitting a parked vehicle in an on-campus parking garage.
“Stuff happens,” Hamilton said. “If it was me or anyone else, my friends would’ve let me use their car. It’s just a brotherly type hood that we have. And I treat Washaun like he’s my own brother. I look out for him just like he looks out for me. Unfortunately that happened. It’s just a minor setback thing. It’s nothing really major. Anything could’ve happened. It could’ve been worse.”
Ealey sat in jail for over six hours, and missed practice last Friday. Bulldogs’ coach Mark Richt has suspended Ealey for a minimum of one game, adding there also will be “internal discipline.”
“But thankfully he’s back with us now, he’s still playing football, so that’s just water under the bridge,” Hamilton said.
Many anticipate Ealey to have a successful season, teaming with junior Caleb King in a powerful backfield tandem. The news of his arrest sent fans, players and coaches into a realm of initial worry.
"People blew it up, of course that’s what’s gonna happen because you’re a superstar," Hamilton said. "But, I don’t hold no grudge against Washaun. He’s my brother, regardless of what happened to my car. That’s just a material thing.”