The University of Georgia back-2-back Champion quarterback Stetson Bennett was arrested for public intoxication on January 29, and his arrest video has been released.
The arrest occurred in Dallas, Texas, around 6:15 AM, after a 911 caller reported a strange, very intoxicated man knocking on her door and yelling.
While she was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher, she said he yelled through her door, “I’m going to ruin your night if you don’t open the g**damn door.”
She told the dispatcher that he had been in the area for an hour or two, and he had been yelling and banging on other doors as well.
She gave the dispatcher a description of what he was wearing, and she said she thought he might’ve been attending a party one of her neighbors was having.
Listen to the 911 call below:
In the body camera footage, Stetson was constantly getting spicy with the cops.
When the cops first approached Stetson, they told him to step away from one of the homes and show his hands, and he took his time complying.
When they questioned him about what was going on with him being at people’s front doors, he did not respond.
He told them that he didn’t know his address, that his name is Stetson Bennett, and that he is from Southeast Georgia.
They questioned him again about what was going on and why they got calls about him banging on doors in the area for the past few hours.
He said he had no clue he’d been out there, and he doesn’t know who has been banging on doors.
He told the officers that his friend, Owen Condon (former UGA teammate), lived in the area, but when they asked for the apartment number. Stetson said, “Somewhere in there.”
After giving a few more spicy answers to some other questions, the officer told Stetson that he would have to work with them because they were trying to get him an avenue.
I know this guy from Georgia.
Other than that, then… I ain’t got nothing, brother!
I’m not from here, I don’t know nobody, I came here to train.
I ain’t doing nothing. I ain’t tell nobody… I ain’t got nobody, though.
…All I know is there’s a shut door somewhere, and I wasn’t going to cause a scene and then someone caused one for me.
And now I’m here.
Somebody caused one for me. Now I’m here.
…I know, somebody caused one for me. I didn’t do sh*t.
…Well, I was sitting somewhere and somebody said I shouldn’t be, wasn’t my call.
The officers told Stetson that they were going to try to get a hold of Owen to see if he was close by.
They told Stetson they were being cordial and trying to work with him.
They asked Stetson if he had his phone on him, and he said maybe, but the officers couldn’t find it.
They told him they were going to go look for his phone, and if all else fails, he would “have to go to the drunk tank and sleep off all the alcohol.”
They did not find the phone, and they proceeded to put Stetson in the police vehicle.
Stetson complained that his cuffs were too tight.
While in the police vehicle, Stetson went on a rant about his reputation being ruined because of the arrest.
The door shut and somebody fell asleep… And now five million people gotta see it, don’t they?
Thank you, boys, for looking out for me. You guys are the best.
Reputation ruined. Everything I worked for for 20 years, ruined.
But y’all boys just looking out for me, aren’t ya? Thank you, sir.
Despite the arrest, Stetson is still projected to be drafted into the NFL this month (April 27-29).
He spoke on the arrest for the first time this month, calling it “a mistake.”
I understand why that can’t happen.
I’ve talked to coaches about it, talked to GMs. I’ve apologized to my family. That’s who I felt worse about, I felt like I let them down, because no matter where I go now people are going to know about it. Even without all this, I’ve got an obligation.
I’m the fourth Stetson Bennett. You can’t do that if you’re last name is Bennett. I know better.