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Felton kicks Humphrey off UGA hoops team

ATHENS - Georgia coach Dennis Felton dismissed starting guard Billy Humphrey from the team on Friday following Humphrey's third arrest in less than a year, his second on alcohol-related charges.

The 20-year-old Humphrey was charged with DUI, failure to maintain his lane and the underage purchase of alcohol and taken to the Gwinnett County jail early Tuesday.

Humphrey, a rising senior, was the team's second-leading scorer last season.

'I am disappointed in Billy,' Felton said. 'We've worked really hard with him in the past to see that he succeeds, but I feel that it's now best for our program to move forward without him.'

Police found a half-filled bottle of rum in Humphrey's car when he was stopped on Georgia Highway 316. According to the officer's incident report, Humphrey's eyes were 'bloodshot and very watery.'

According to the report, Humphrey tested for a .082 blood alcohol content during the traffic stop, followed by a .129 at the Gwinnett County Jail.

Humphrey told the officer 'Please, please, please, I am begging you not to do this,' according to the police report. 'You will ruin my career.'

Humphrey was arrested in Athens in January and was suspended by Felton for three games afer he was charged with underage possession and failure to obey a traffic device as a pedestrian.

He also had a November arrest when University of Georgia police found a knife with a blade longer than two inches in his dormitory room. He was required to perform 80 hours of community service and was placed on probation for 18 months.

Humphrey, a 6-foot-2 guard from Dacula, played in 30 games last season, including 28 starts, and averaged 12.2 points. He helped lead Georgia to the Southeastern Conference tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament.