Bullard apologizes, bouncing back strong


Milledgeville's own Javon Bullard reached out to his supporters and fans on social media on Tuesday, eight days following an early-morning DUI arrest in Athens. 

"I love and appreciate every single one of you," wrote Bullard on Facebook. "I’m sorry for the things that happened, but I can guarantee they will NEVER happen again."

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Bullard is expected back this Saturday for the Auburn game, Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart indicated in his Monday press conference. Bullard, Baldwin High Class of 2021, started the first four games of the season for the Dawgs before being suspended for last Saturday's Missouri game. On Tuesday, meanwhile, Smart offered a further update on Bullard.

“He was on the scout team, took reps. He was on scout special teams. The great thing about Javon was he competed, like, he was going in there going as hard as anybody. That's very indicative of his character and what he stands for," Smart said. "He practices really hard regardless of what his role is. And hopefully he'll continue to do that and not skip a beat.”

Added Bullard in the post: "Times have been extremely hard for my family and I, but you all have helped and showed so much love & I want to make sure it DOES NOT go unseen. A special thanks to everyone who called, sent text messages, or even shared post with words of encouragement. I APPRECIATE IT ALL!"

The Sept. 25 incident marked the first DUI arrest for a UGA football player since 2019. 

"Disappointed in Javon. Hate it for him. He's got a wonderful family but made poor decisions, and it will be dealt with internally," Smart said at the time."

Prior to being elevated to the starting lineup in the secondary this season, Bullard saw plenty of playing time as a true freshman for the Georgia Bulldogs' 2021 national championship team, the program's first in more than 40 years.


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