Matthews, three other players head to court Thursday

semerson@macon.comJune 5, 2014 

ATHENS - The four football players arrested on theft charges in March, including recently-dismissed safety Tray Matthews, will be arraigned in Athens-Clarke County court on Thursday afternoon.

The players can plead guilty, not guilty or agree to pre-trial intervention. Matthews, reached on Thursday morning, indicated that PTI was the strongest possibility.

"Basically it's already been handled, though we just gotta go to court for it," Matthews said.

Matthews, receiver Uriah LeMay, defensive end James DeLoach and defensive lineman John Taylor were charged with multiple counts of theft by deception. They were charged with taking scholarship checks from UGA, each valued at around $75.00, and double-cashing them. All of the charges were misdemeanors.

Only DeLoach and Taylor remain with the football program. LeMay transferred in May; while the other three players were charged with double-cashing their own checks, LeMay was charged with doing so one of his teammate's checks.

Matthews was dismissed on Tuesday after what a source said was an accumulation of issues, including the check arrest. Matthews told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he had a confrontation recently with a teacher in a Children's Literature class. Speaking to The Telegraph on Thursday morning, Matthews confirmed that the class was the final straw.

"I didn't do anything since the check thing," Matthews said.

Matthews said he has received a full release from UGA with no restrictions.

"Basically just time to start somewhere fresh, basically," Matthews said.

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