Georgia's Flournoy-Smith arrested on charge of filing false crime report

semerson@macon.comFebruary 23, 2013 

ATHENS - Georgia football player Ty Flournoy-Smith was jailed in Athens Friday night on a charge of a false report of a crime, after UGA police determined the freshman tight end had not had books stolen, as he had told police.

The charge is a misdemeanor. Flournoy-Smith was released on $1,000 bond at 12:41 a.m., according to a jail report, after being booked at 10:56 p.m. on Friday.

UGA police chief Jimmy Williamson said the case began when Flournoy-Smith filed a report saying some books for class had been stolen.

"He met with a police officer, filed a police report with a police officer, went through this whole story of his books being stolen," Williamson said.

The case was turned over to detectives.

"It was determined that he had not had his books stolen, that he basically sold them back to one of the local book-buyback companies himself," Williamson said. "At that point in time we obtained a warrant for filing a false police report, and made the athletic association aware. For whatever reason we understand he was filing the police report to somehow meet a requirement for him not having his books with the athletic association."

Flournoy-Smith played in eight games for Georgia in 2012, mostly on special teams. He did not record a catch. He is set to begin spring practice third on the depth chart, behind Arthur Lynch and Jay Rome.

Flournoy-Smith, 19, is a native of Moultrie who played at Colquitt County High School.

"You live, and you learn," Flournoy-Smith posted on his Twitter account, shortly after records show he was released.

Georgia spokesman Claude Felton said head coach Mark Richt was aware of the arrest, and there was no other info at this time.

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