Washaun Ealey was arrested Friday morning and charged with two misdemeanors. Washaun Ealey, who plays for Georgia, was arrested for charges of hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license. According to ESPN, Ealey was arrested at 3:19 a.m. EST after hitting a parked car on a parking deck while driving his roommate’s vehicle. He then bailed on the scene, most likely knowing that he was breaking the law by driving with a suspended sentence. If the reports are true, it seems to show that Ealey has no regard for personal property or the law in Georgia.
Hopefully this isn’t something that the Georgia football program takes lightly, and Ealey gets suspended for his actions. Getting your license suspended by the state is supposed to send a message that you were doing something wrong, and shouldn’t be driving. Then Ealey apparently cared so little that he damaged someone else’s car, then tried to get away with it by fleeing the scene. It’s a good thing that there was a witness on the scene, or another unsuspecting college student might have woken up to find a damaged car and no knowledge that an irresponsible football player had done it.
Last season for the Georgia Bulldogs, Ealey rushed for 717 yards on just 125 attempts, while scoring three touchdowns. Those were really good statistics for the freshman running back, and he was certainly looking to try to improve upon those stats this year. He rushed for those 717 yards in just nine games, and had an extremely impressive game against Georgia Tech on Nov. 28 where he rushed for 183 yards on just 20 carries. He definitely has a lot of talent, but it is now clear that he lacks the maturity to go along with it. Now someone needs to step into this situation and set Ealey back on the right path.
Georgia begins their 2010 football season on Sept. 4, when they host Louisiana-Lafayette, and then they head right into SEC play with a game against South Carolina. Doing something this reckless just a week before the regular season begins may speak volumes to the character of Ealey, and the football program needs to do something about it. The early evidence of witness statements and police charges make this look like Ealey will definitely receive some punishment from the courts for this, but it is also something that the team needs to act on in order to send a message that this type of behavior is not tolerated in the real world.