Georgia tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith was arrested by University of Georgia Police Friday night for allegedly making a false report of a crime. Authorities say that Flournoy-Smith told police that his textbooks had been stolen, when in fact he had sold the books to a local book-buying company. As Marc Weiszer of Dog Bytes Online reported, University Police did not respond well to the false report:
"He went through this whole story of his books being stolen," Williamson said. "We started looking into it and it was determined that the books were not stolen. He had taken his own books down to a local book buying company and sold them back to them."
Williamson said that Flournoy-Smith, who just completed his freshman season, appeared to have filed the false police report because there was a process with the Athletic Association in which Flournoy-Smith had to explain the lost textbooks.
Flournoy-Smith was arrested Friday night and released Saturday morning on $1,000 bail. Filing a false police report is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and $1,000 fine.
Athletes are generally required to return their textbooks to the university upon the completion of classes. Flournoy-Smith apparently told university officials that the books had been stolen in order to cover up the improper sale of the books.
Flournoy-Smith just finished his freshman season in Athens. He appeared in eight games but did not register any statistics.