ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia coach Mark Richt suspended freshman defensive end Montez Robinson indefinitely Friday after Robinson was arrested for the second time this week Thursday.
Robinson was arrested by the university police Thursday and charged with one count of misdemeanor simple assault and one count of second-degree criminal damage, a felony. Robinson was arrested early Monday morning on a charge of underage possession of alcohol after a parking attendant reported broken glass and found a Lexus with both rear taillights broken in a parking deck on campus.
Richt said he was “certainly disappointed” as he announced Robinson’s suspension.
“We have expectations and standards for our student-athletes, and his actions are not in line with those,” Richt said. “We are suspending him indefinitely from all team activities.”
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Monday, after police determined the owner of the vehicle, Armita Meghan Didehvar, they found her speaking with Robinson, who police said exhibited signs of alcohol consumption.
Robinson is underage, so police placed him under arrest, at which point he “became very agitated while being placed into double locked handcuffs,” according to the police report filed by officer Freddie Evans of the university police. “He started to yell and scream while being placed in the rear of a caged unit.”
At the time, Robinson was charged with only underage possession of alcohol, but the follow-up investigation resulted in the battery charges, which necessitated Robinson’s arrest Thursday.
Robinson also was charged with simple assault and battery surrounding an altercation between he and Didehvar on Oct. 20. Robinson was reported to have thrown Didehvar to the ground, causing minor injuries, including cuts on her knee. The police report also states that a witness, Alesha Asijie, attempted to intervene in the incident and was threatened with physical harm by Robinson.
Didehvar told the university’s student newspaper, the Red and Black, on Thursday that the accounts of the October incident were untrue, stating that she and Robinson, “just had an argument.”
Robinson was being held without bond as of Friday afternoon, according to the Athens Clarke County jail booking report.
The freshman defensive end has played sparingly this season but was SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week following Georgia’s win over Tennessee Tech last month.
Robinson played in high school in Alabama and Indiana and was an Auburn commitment who changed his mind after former Tigers coach Tommy Tuberville resigned following last season.
Robinson spent much of his youth as a ward of the state of Alabama . Georgia recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner hoped that his career with the Bulldogs might help turn Robinson’s life around.
“I see him maturing, but I still see the mistrust he has in people,” Garner said of Robinson last month. “I guess that’s sort of understandable, based on what he’s been through. It’s still hard to get him to trust people, because he’s been let down so much in life, but we’re trying to get him to understand that there are people here who really care about him.”
Note: Three assistant coaches who were fired earlier this week will not coach in the Bulldogs’ bowl game, which likely will be the Independence Bowl. Defensive coordinator and secondary coach Willie Martinez, defensive ends coach Jon Fabris and defensive co-coordinator and linebackers coach John Jancek were asked by Richt to coach in the game, but all declined. Richt said in a press release that he will work with Garner, the defensive line coach, and graduate assistants Todd Hartley and Mitch Doolittle to prepare the defense for the game.