Georgia: Natrez Patrick’s probation violation doesn’t apply to school’s drug policy

ATHENS — Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity said Monday that the lawyer for football player Natrez Patrick was correct in saying that a probation violation did not fall under UGA athletic department policy.

That would leave open the door for Patrick, a starting inside linebacker, playing for Georgia in the Rose Bowl, rather than being incurring a third strike under the school’s drug policy.

The background: Patrick, a junior inside linebacker, was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession in Barrow County the night of Dec. 2. That charge was dismissed late last week. But the arrest triggered a probation violation in Athens-Clarke County, where Patrick had been charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession in October. C.R. Chisholm, the solicitor for Athens-Clarke County, said Friday that Patrick had incurred a positive drug test in the days after the Barrow County arrest, as part of a standard drug test in such cases.

But McGarity said Monday that Billy Healan, who is Patrick’s lawyer, was correct in saying that such a probation violation was not applicable to UGA’s drug policy.

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