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Georgia Athletics Director Damon Evans Relieved of Duties

| by Alex Groberman

According to ESPN, Georgia athletics director (AD) Damon Evans has been relieved of his duties. This comes a mere days after being charged with a DUI Wednesday night in Atlanta. It is not yet known whether Evans was fired by Georgia president Michael Adams or resigned from his position.

Evans, who was brought along to replace Vince Dooley in 2004, was scheduled to begin a new five-year contract worth more than $550,000 annually.

The executive board of the Georgia Athletic Association is scheduled to host a teleconference on Monday during which it will release news regarding Evans’ future.

Evans met with several Georgia coaches on Thursday and described the relationship with the 28-year-old female passenger in the car he was driving as “nothing more than friends.”

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According to the police report issued Friday, Evans reportedly referred to his position at the school before his eventual arrest.

"I am not trying to bribe you but I am the athletic director of the University of Georgia," Evans said, according to the officer identified in the report as M. Cabe.

Arrested with Evans was Courtney Fuhrmann, who was charged with disorderly conduct.

In the police report, Evans asked to be taken to a motel instead of jail or to be let off with a warning. His exact words to the officer were: "I am not trying to bribe you, but is there anything you can do without arresting me?"

The same report contained notes of the officer finding a “red pair of lady’s panties between [Evans’] legs.” When the cop asked Evans, a married father of two, what he was doing with the underwear, Evans replied: "She took them off and I held them because I was just trying to get her home."

Evans repeatedly told the arresting officer that Fuhrmann was nothing more than a friend. Fuhrmann on the other hand, later revealed to the officer than the two had been seeing each other for approximately a week.

"Just to let you know, it will be erased because he is the athletic director of UGA and he has that power," Fuhrmann told the officer, according to the report.

Fuhrmann’s disorderly conduct charge came as a result of her repeatedly ignoring warnings to say inside the car as the officer conducted a sobriety check on Evans. She was later described as acting “combative” in the back seat.

Evans apologized for his behavior at a Thursday press conference.

"My behavior and my actions are not indicative of what we teach our student athletes," he said. "My actions have put a black cloud over our storied program."

Evans, 40, was the first African American AD in Southeastern Conference history.