UGA defensive lineman charged with aggravated assault

Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor

ATHENS — Georgia defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor was arrested and charged with aggravated assault/domestic violence Tuesday morning.

The arrest was executed by the UGA Police department and Taylor was booked into the Athens-Clarke County Jail at 6:08 a.m. Since it is a felony charge involving violence, Taylor will have to go before a judge for a bond hearing.

The incident report was not yet available, but UGA Police Chief said the charges stemmed from a third-party complaint that Taylor strangled his girlfriend during a domestic dispute around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“At 2:47 a.m., our dispatcher received a third-party call about a female individual who was injured by her boyfriend,” Williamson said. “Police officers and EMS were dispatched. We met with the victim at Busbee Hall along with the third-party caller. After interviewing her, we determined the incident had occurred at McWhorther Hall. We made contact with the primary resident, Jonathan Maurice Taylor. After talking to Mr. Taylor, the victim and evidence at the scene, officers determined they had significant probably cause to make the charge of ag assault/domestic violence.”

Williamson said evidence indicates the couple co-habitated in Taylor’s residence. There was “physical signs of injury about the victim’s neck from strangulation.” The victim was treated at the scene and not transported to a hospital.

It is the second arrest of the year for Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 336-pound sophomore from Millen. He was one of the four UGA players jailed on theft by deception charges in March. He was accepted into a pretrial intervention program last month.

The arrest will likely will end his career with the Bulldogs based on UGA’s conduct codes on felony arrests and repeated team rules violations. He is immediately suspended from the team indefinitely per UGA policy.

Taylor was listed as a third-team nose tackle on the Bulldogs’ preseason depth chart. That position is also manned by senior Mike Thornton and junior Chris Mayes. He had nine tackles and a sack as a redshirt freshman last season. He was a 4-star prospect coming out of Jenkins County High School.