Georgia Suspends Guard After Arrest On Weapons Charge
Billy Humphrey indefinitely suspended following arrest for possession of weapon on school property
Nov. 14, 2007
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Junior guard Billy Humphrey has been indefinitely suspended from the Georgia basketball team following his arrest for possession of a weapon on school property.
Humphrey's lawyer, Kim Stephens, said he would file a motion as early as Thursday to have the charge dismissed. Stephens said the charge stemmed from "what amounts to a little butterfly knife in a winter coat in a closet."
"Possession of that knife is not illegal in Georgia," the attorney said.
Georgia played Grambling State on Wednesday night.
The Bulldogs previously dismissed senior forward Takais Brown for violation of team policies. Guard Mike Mercer and forward Albert Jackson, both sophomores, are serving suspensions for violation of academic policies.
Humphrey couldn't immediately be reached for comment. A school spokesman said he was not available, and there was no telephone listing for him in the university directory.
Humphrey, who was arrested on Tuesday, was released Wednesday on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond, the university said.
Humphrey, from Dacula, started and scored 13 points in Georgia's season-opening win over Jacksonville State.
A campus police report said the knife was found in room during execution of search warrant. Police had found a trace of marijuana in a discarded trash bag contained in another bag that had mail with the names of Humphrey and Mercer, who are roommates, Stephens said.
No drugs were found, but Humphrey did tell the police that he had a souvenir knife from a trip to South America somewhere in the room, Stephens said.
He was accused of being in violation of a Georgia law against having a weapon in a school safety zone. The law defines a "knife having a blade of two or more inches" as a weapon.
"The same statute allows for having a knife like this within your residence," Stephens said.
He said he would "file some sort of pleading, a motion to dismiss or something else, to try to bring the case before the court as quickly as possible. Hopefully, the case will be dismissed and he can get back to playing basketball," Stephens said.