UGA Football Star Needs Georgia Alcohol Class

by: Mike Miller

Alcohol and drugs are often present when police investigate scenes of domestic violence. Why do you think that is? There is one football star from the University of Georgia who wishes he had never used alcohol or drugs.

At least now, Sanders Commings’ legal troubles are officially behind him. This according to Georgia’s senior cornerback was arrested on domestic violence charges in January and pleaded guilty to simple battery and disorderly conduct, was sentenced to 12 month’s probation and fined $200 plus surcharges.

In addition to those penalties he also has to perform community service, undergo anger management counseling and a substance abuse evaluation and will be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings.

The 22-year-old Commings was arrested by University of Georgia police on charges of domestic violence/simple battery. Police were waved down by the victim and four witnesses a short time after Commings and his ex-girlfriend had a late-night argument in downtown Athens. Commings was alleged to have struck the young woman as he tried to push her away.

The star defender also was punished by the football team.  Commings was suspended for the first two games of the 2012 season by head coach Mark Richt, and also was punished by the UGA Office of Student Conduct, which placed him six months of student probation, ordered him to do 25 hours of community service, attend an alcohol education class and an anger management class.

Commings started all 14 games for the Bulldogs at cornerback this past season. He had 55 tackles and an interception and led the team with 12 pass break-ups.

Hopefully the alcohol education class and anger management counseling will help keep him from future issues.