September 8, 2010

Green learns he must miss four game

Official word finally came down from the NCAA Wednesday as it was announced that wide receiver A.J. Green must miss four games as a condition to become eligible to play this season.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said the school will appeal the decision.

A source told UGASports today that the school is hoping to get the suspension lowered to two games. If not, Green will make his debut in three weeks against Colorado.

According facts of the case submitted by Georgia, Green sold his Independence Bowl game jersey to an individual who meets the NCAA definition of an agent.

Green has repaid the $1,000 value of benefits to a charity. According to NCAA rules, an agent is an individual who markets or promotes a student athlete.

Green released a statement through the Bulldog sports information office.

"I want to apologize to my coaches, teammates, and the Georgia fans for the mistake in judgment. I very much regret all that has taken place and the distraction that's been caused," Green said. "I've learned a valuable lesson and hope others can learn from my mistake. I can only focus my attention now on practicing and looking ahead to getting back with my teammates as quickly as possible."

Head coach Mark Richt said he was disappointed with the outcome.

"Certainly I'm disappointed with the outcome," Richt said. "However, we have games to play and that's where our focus needs to be in the coming days and weeks. Other players will have to step forward and Iım confident they will do that."

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