Georgia's A.J. Green Draws Four-Game NCAA Suspension for Jersey Sale
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Green, who was held out of the Bulldogs' season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette last Saturday, must serve a four-game suspension before he can be declared eligible again following a two-month investigation into allegations that he sold his bowl game jersey to a person the NCAA considers an agent.
"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," said Green in a statement issued by the school. "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."
Green has repaid the $1,000 to a charity and the school intends to appeal the ruling to get the punishment reduced, the newspaper reported.
Georgia coach Mark Richt said, "Certainly I'm disappointed with the outcome. 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 I'm confident they will do that."
The Bulldogs face South Carolina on Saturday in an SEC East game.