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Georgia football player's dreams get off path with court date

On the recent day that a young Georgia man should have been celebrating his future, he was in a courtroom dealing with a problem from his past.

The 22-year-old was due to sign his National Letter of Intent to play the remainder of his college football career at Nebraska. Instead, he was in court in Ware County, Georgia, after turning himself in for a bench warrant issued when he didn't appear in court on a prior charge. Instead of the day being known as the when he signed his college letter, it became known as the day he received probation.

He failed to show up in court in relation to a misdemeanor charge from July for driving with a suspended license. In Georgia, a felony charge can follow failure to appear.

A running back from Waycross, Georgia, he started his career at Georgia Tech in 2016 but was kicked off the team for violating the athletic department's policy on substance abuse three times.

He was expected to sign that letter and enroll in Nebraska following the winter break; he had been attending community college in Kansas.

The football player also had been arrested in Garden City, Kansas, in January 2018 for failure to appear in court.

The young man's actions have tarnished his future, starting with his substance abuse violations, but it isn't too late for him to get on the right path. Young people like him who find themselves in trouble with the law need strong legal representation to limit the long-term consequences of their missteps. He has worked hard as a football player to earn the chance to play at one of the nation's leading universities. He deserves the chance to fulfill that dream.

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