After returning from national title win, UGA football player charged with destroying property

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Georgia long snapper William Mote is seen during the national championship game in Indianapolis.
Georgia long snapper William Mote is seen during the national championship game in Indianapolis.

A Georgia football player might have done too much celebrating after the team returned from Indianapolis from winning the national title last week.

Long snapper William Mote was arrested and faces a charge of criminal damage to property in the early morning of Jan. 12 after police allege he destroyed a single pane window of an Athens downtown law office.

Mote told Athens-Clarke County police he was intoxicated after drinking at the Silver Dollar Bar, went to see a friend and mistakenly went to the law office, according to a police incident report.

The incident at about 5 a.m. came the morning after the team returned to Athens from the win over Alabama.

He was booked into the Clarke County Jail and released on a $1,300 bond about four and a half hours later.

Mote, a redshirt sophomore walk-on from Hoover, Ala., served as the long snapper for punter Jake Camarda the past two seasons.

Mote was charged with a felony in the second degree for the damage of more than $500 at the law office of Blassingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley at 440 College Ave.

Georgia athletics did not respond to comment on the incident.

Police were called when a burglar alarm was set off by the broken window. An officer saw a white male in a hoodie kicking the public defender’s door.

Mote was detained because the officer thought it was a burglary in progress. He told police he was walking home and saw a homeless person who asked him to help him get warm and that’s why he was kicking the public defender’s office door.

Mote was asked about the law office window and said he didn’t know about it and couldn’t have broken it. Since Mote was actively attempting to damage other property, police decided to charge Mote, according to the incident report.

This article originally appeared on Athens Banner-Herald: Georgia football player William Mote charged with damage to property