Georgia won’t have star wide receiver A.J. Green on the field Saturday against USC. The former Summerville high standout has been suspended four games by the NCAA for selling his jersey to a person the NCAA deemed an agent.
Through a university statement Green issued the following apology:
“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. 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.”
Bulldogs coach Mark Richt also commented:
“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.”
Georgia plans to appeal the NCAA decision. There is a chance the suspension could be reduced, but it is highly unlikely that any ruling will change his status for Saturday’s game against USC.