Anyone following the ongoing Zach Mettenberger situation had to know his transgressions over Spring Break involved more than fake IDs and alcohol. Today, Mettenberger came out to shed light on the events of that night, pleading guilty to two sexual battery.
Mettenberger was initially suspended for one game following his arrest outside a bar in Remerton, GA. The initial story alleged that the redshirt freshman quarterback was being charged with possession of two fake IDs and underage possession of alcohol.
After an outstanding G-Day performance, Mettenberger was abruptly released from the team. From there rumors started to swirl. Now, the final word appears to be in.
Surely, Mettenberger understands the grave severity of his actions and I hope that performs his punishment and grows from this experience. However, as a student-athlete, there are elevated expectations one must adhere to. Not only do his actions reflect poorly on himself, but that shadow extends to the football program and the University.
All student-athletes are visible and high-profile representatives of the University of Georgia. As such, they should know that their behaviors are subject to excess scrutiny and attention.
So thank you Mr. Mettenberger for embarrassing both my University and my high school. I truly appreciate it.