Georgia reserve tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith was arrested Friday night on a misdemeanor charge of filing a false report of a crime.
University of Georgia police chief Jimmy Williamson said that Flournoy-Smith filed a police report with UGA in the last few days about stolen textbooks.
“He went through this whole story of his books being stolen,” Williamson said. “We started looking into it and it was determined that the books were not stolen. He had taken his own books down to a local book buying company and sold them back to them.”
Williamson said that Flournoy-Smith, who just completed his freshman season, appeared to have filed the false police report because there was a process with the Athletic Association in which Flournoy-Smith had to explain the lost textbooks.
“Once it was determined the books had never been stolen, that he had actually sold them for money for himself, that’s when we took out a warrant for filing a false police report,” Williamson said.
UGA police took out a warrant for his arrest with a judge and turned it into the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office. Flournoy-Smith was notified about the warrant and turned himself into police.
The Moultrie native was booked into the Clarke County jail at 10:56 p.m Friday and released early this morning at 12:41 on a $1,000 bond, according to the online booking report.
“As long as I’ve ever worked for the University of Georgia police, if somebody files a report of any crime and we designate resources to look into it and we conclude that these people knowingly falsely filed a report then we’ll prosecute, we’ll take out a warrant for filing a false report,” Williamson said.
Flournoy-Smith tweeted about an hour after being released: “You live, and you learn.”
Georgia coach Mark Richt is aware of Flournoy-Smith’s arrest, spokesman Claude Felton said. There was no word yet on any discipline for him.
Flournoy-Smith, 19, played eight games last season for the Bulldogs, but did not have a catch. He was a Class AAAAA all-state selection out of Colquitt County High School.
Flournoy-Smith is behind Arthur Lynch and Jay Rome at the tight end position.