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Body cam footage: Stanley claims marijuana was his, not Patrick's

Georgia receiver Jayson Stanley.
Georgia receiver Jayson Stanley. Georgia Sports Communications

While Natrez Patrick was being notified of his arrest late Saturday night, receiver Jayson Stanley told Barrow County Sheriff's Deputies that the marijuana found in his vehicle was his, not the Georgia inside linebacker's.

But since a small amount of marijuana was found on the passenger seat Patrick was sitting on, to go with a Tropicana orange juice bottle containing marijuana on the passenger side floorboard, Patrick was placed under arrest for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana.

Stanley was also booked for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and speeding (87 mph in a 65 mph zone).

Stanley's admission to possessing the marijuana himself was not included in the original police report containing the information of their arrests. This revelation was caught on the Sheriff deputies' body camera footage, which was released to 11 Alive.

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When Patrick was notified he was under arrest, he seemed surprised.

"Say what?" Patrick asked the officer.

Stanley then admitted the marijuana was his and pleaded with the arresting deputies not to book Patrick.

"It's mine, it's my car. It's my car though," Stanley said.

"It was in his seat," a Sheriff's deputy replied.

"Please, please, please. If you've got a heart, if you have a heart, you will please listen," Stanley said. "Hear me out, bruh. We just went through the biggest s--- of our lives. We're sorry. We're not bad kids, none of that. That's the end for him, man. If he goes to jail, that's it, man. His career, bruh. That's that man's life, that's his family. Think about that. Please, bruh. Please."

Stanley told deputies that he and Patrick both play football for Georgia.

Stanley admitted on camera to smoking marijuana an hour prior to his and Patrick's arrests.

This is the third time Patrick was arrested for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana since enrolling at Georgia in 2015. The UGA student-athlete handbook states that three drug-related incidents results in expulsion from the program.

Patrick was also involved in two other incidents involving marijuana but wasn't charged in those cases. One of which was similar to this one, where, in 2015, he was a passenger inside a vehicle former teammate Chauncey Rivers was driving in Athens-Clarke County. Marijuana was found on Rivers' person and therefore he was booked. Since no marijuana was found on Patrick's person he was not arrested and wasn't subjected to any penalties from the university.

The Barrow County police report, nor the body camera footage, show that Patrick's person contained marijuana -- only the seat he was sitting on and the floorboard beneath his feet.

For Stanley, this is his first arrest since arriving to Georgia in 2015.

Smart hasn't revealed whether a decision has been made on Patrick's future at Georgia. Before his appearance as the keynote speaker at the Bronko Nagurski Trophy presentation in Charlotte, North Carolina, Smart was asked if Patrick is still with the team.

"We still got things we’re finding out," Smart said. "We’re trying to discover everything involved. We’re disappointed in both young men but we’ve got a lot of information to still find."

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