Thursday I reported that a police report had been filed in Athens, GA. accusing “four UGA football players” of simple battery and making “terroristic threats” of a married couple in a taxi van on March 29.
The ATHENS BANNER-HERALD reports that Georgia football coach Mark Richt said Thursday night he is aware of the case:
Right now, it’s speculation. We don’t know anything for sure, but I’m aware of the report. I’m just waiting to see what’s going to happen from here really. I don’t want to over or under react at this point.
I have not had a chance to talk to anybody really about it.
Richt told Univ. of Georgia student newspaper the RED & BLACK that he had barely been briefed of the situation before his team’s spring practice session.
“I will be honest with you, I had it stuck in front of my face real quick right as I’m walking on the field. I really wasn’t aware of it,” Richt said. “So I don’t even know enough about it at this minute to even answer that question well.”
The Banner-Herald also provided new details of the investigation.
Capt. Clarence Holman said Thursday that he has re-interviewed one witness and plans to conduct further interviews in a case in which a married couple claims they were physically and verbally abused during a taxi-van ride home from downtown Athens early Sunday morning.
Police haven’t confirmed that the other passengers were football players, but are investigating the case, Holman said.
Holman said he needs to talk to the unidentified taxi driver and the couple, who are white.
Police have not arrested anyone, but could charge the offenders with simple battery and making terroristic threats.
Detectives have re-interviewed a witness in the taxi, who repeated the same story as in the police report.
It’s still unclear why the alleged victims thought the four black males were Georgia football players, suggesting that there is more to this story.