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Georgia kicks Chad Clay off team following second arrest

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart runs onto the field with his team prior to the Bulldogs' G-Day spring game.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart runs onto the field with his team prior to the Bulldogs' G-Day spring game. jvorhees@macon.com

Georgia freshman defensive back Chad Clay has been dismissed from the football program following a second arrest, the team announced.

Clay was arrested and charged with misdemeanor theft by taking on Wednesday. He was booked, according to jail logs, at 6:04 p.m. and bailed out at 7:17 p.m. He was released with a $1,500 bond.

This is Clay’s second arrest in a four-month span. He was first arrested alongside fellow freshman Julian Rochester in an incident in which they were charged with possessing a BB gun on campus and criminal damage to property. That case is still pending, although Clay and Rochester’s attorney expects it to be resolved soon.

Clay enrolled early with the football program in January.

“Unfortunately, Chad will no longer be a part of our football program,” head coach Kirby Smart said in a statement. “It is very disappointing, and we wish him the best in his efforts to continue his education.”

The incident that led to Clay’s arrest occurred on June 20. Clay was accused of stealing an unattended pair of Apple headphones at the university’s Ramsey Student Center. The headphones are valued at $30. The incident is listed on the UGA police department’s online log.

Clay is the second Georgia player to be kicked off the program this offseason. He follows defensive lineman Chauncey Rivers, who was dismissed after three-drug related arrests in a seven-month span.

Clay, 19, came to Georgia as a three-star prospect with hopes of cracking the defensive back rotation. He played high school ball at Peachtree Ridge.

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