Georgia's Thompson hospitalized after bizarre interaction with police
In a news release, Georgia said Thompson has been dealing with a "significant medical issue" and added he suffered an adverse reaction to medications prescribed for his condition. The Bulldogs said Thompson tested negative for OxyContin in a toxicology administered at the hospital, before proclaiming they could reveal no further information due to federal privacy laws.
Thompson is withdrawing from classes this semester. There has been no mention of his standing with the football program.
A police report detailing the events that led to Thompson's hospital visit revealed the 6-foot-4 defender was found wandering the streets in Athens, Ga. by an officer:
I stopped my vehicle and asked Thompson if he was okay, at which point, Thompson attempted to open the passenger side door of my patrol vehicle. I told Thompson to stop what he was doing, and then exited my patrol vehicle in order to speak with him further.
Thompson appeared very unsteady on his feet, and his eyes were very bloodshot. There appeared to be burst capillaries in the corners of both of Thompson's eyes. Thompson's eyes were also very glassy and he didn't appear to be looking at anything in particular, often gazing over my head or staring straight forward. Thompson's pupils appeared dilated, and did not appear to be reacting normally to light.
Sources with knowledge of the situation told DawgNation's Chip Towers that alcohol and drugs were not involved in the matter. The sophomore was released from hospital later Thursday.
Thompson, who started seven games and appeared in all 13 contests for the Bulldogs in 2016, recorded 56 tackles, including 9.5 for loss, and five sacks. He was named MVP of the Liberty Bowl after registering three sacks versus TCU.
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