Georgia Bulldog Wide Receiver A.J Green Suspended Four Games By NCAA
September 9th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Georgia Bulldog wide receiver A.J Green has been suspended for four games by the NCAA for selling his Independence Bowl jersey for $1,000 to a person who by their definition, is an agent.

Green was sidelined by the Bulldogs for the season opener last weekend against Louisiana Lafayette, as Georgia hoped that the NCAA would consider that suspension appropriate.  However, the Bulldogs received the news that they were not hoping for.

Georgia heads into an important SEC East game this weekend on the road against No.24 South Carolina, and will also be without Green for next week’s game against No.14 Arkansas, followed by a September 25 date with Mississippi.  As it is now, Green will be able to return to the team for their October 2 game on the road to Colorado.

“Every team in America would love to have A.J. Green out there. But he’s not out there. We have to deal with it,” remarked Bulldogs tight end Aron White on practice Wednesday. “We’re still Georgia. We’re still going to come to play. One guy doesn’t make or break this team.”

The length of the penalty is what seemed to surprise Georgia.

“It’s pretty shocking,” said wide receiver Tavarres King. “Everybody really thought he was going to be back.”

Green made an apology to his coaches, teammates, and Bulldogs fans “”for the mistake in judgment” in a statement that was issued by the University.

“I very much regret all that has taken place and the distraction that’s been caused,” Green said in the statement. “I’ve learned a valuable lesson and hope others can learn from my mistake. I can only focus my attention now on practicing and looking ahead to getting back with my teammates as quickly as possible.”

Green is also been brought up in an ongoing NCAA investigation involving several players who attended an agent’s party in South Florida earlier this year.  However, Green strongly denies the incident, saying that he has never traveled their before.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt has said he was “disappointed” with the NCAA’s decision, but has to focus on the South Carolina game at hand.

“Right now, what’s most important for me is to focus on this game. That’s what I’m going to do. We have a big game this weekend,” Richt remarked. “We are going to play whoever is eligible to play.”

The Bulldogs head into Columbia, South Carolina as a three-point underdog on USA Online Sportbooks, and NCAA Football Betting Lines.

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