With all the players being dismissed and transferring out of the Georgia Bulldogs football program this offseason, it’s a wonder that something like Sterling Bailey’s dad coming forth and opening both barrels didn’t happen sooner.
Kevin Bailey, the father of junior defensive end Sterling Bailey, contacted the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Chip Towers, and let him know how he felt about the way Georgia Bulldogs football was being portrayed by players like Tray Matthews and others who have been dismissed and/or transferred from the program.
Bailey spoke on the phone to Towers and was “hopping mad”, (as the reporter put it) about all that has transpired lately.
Kevin Bailey’s quotes from Tower’s story:
The latest news of Matthews’ transfer coupled with some comments made by Matthews and family members and Auburn fans on social media left Bailey upset and bitter. As he explained to me, “I just need to vent.”
“When I read some of the things said, it just made me sick to my stomach,” Bailey said. “That young man (Matthews) needs to realize who opened doors for him first….I love Tray. I love his mom and dad, too. We’re good friends. But the comments I read made me feel like they were putting down the University of Georgia, the system and the coaches. Not one time did I see it mentioned what Coach Richt or the other coaches have done for him. That’s what made me mad.
…Same with Shaq Wiggins and the other kids who had the opportunity to play at the University of Georgia. They leave and transfer and get dismissed from the team and they blame it on the school system. It’s not the system; it’s the kids. If you come and do what you’re supposed to do and do it right, you wouldn’t get in trouble and things like this wouldn’t come about.”
When they leave the University of Georgia, they go to their arch rival or somewhere else and tear down the university system, like Georgia did something bad to them. It wasn’t like Georgia did something bad to them, it was what they did back to the University of Georgia. And that’s what hurts me so bad.”
It’s great to hear a parent actually recognizing that it’s time for these kids to be accountable for the things they do. If you make a mistake, own it. But don’t try to make it seem like you are victim of the system.
What do you think about Kevin Bailey’s vent? Is he spot on, or should Richt have been more lenient with these players? Comment below and let your voice be heard too. Vent, Bulldog Nation…vent!
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