Junior Billy Humphrey has been kicked off Georgia’s basketball team following his third arrest in eight months.
“I’m disappointed in Billy,” head coach Dennis Felton said through a statement Friday evening that announced the dismissal. “We’ve worked really hard with him in the past to see that he succeeds, but I feel that it’s now best for our program to move forward without him.”
Humphrey was arrested Tuesday in his native Gwinnett County on charges of DUI, possession of alcohol by a person under 21 and failure to maintain lane. He was booked into the Gwinnett County Detention Center at 3:32 a.m. Tuesday and released at 2:51 p.m. Tuesday.
Humphrey faced a felony weapons charge in November after campus police searching his room found a knife, violating the school’s no weapons policy. He was then arrested in Athens in February and charged with underage drinking.
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His loss is a big blow to a team that had some momentum following last season’s run to the NCAA Tournament. Humphrey started 28 games and played in 30 of 34 last year, averaging 12.2 points per game. For most of the season, he was the team’s only outside scoring threat.
Humphrey is the third guard to leave the team in three years (joining Channing Toney and Mike Mercer) and the third player to be dismissed in less than two seasons (joining Mercer and Takais Brown).