Former University of Georgia and NFL quarterback Quincy Carter was arrested last week and charged with family violence simple battery after authorities say he allegedly threw a child safety seat at his girlfriend. The charge is a misdemeanor.
Dawson County Sheriff’s spokesman Maj. Tony Wooten said the woman, whose name was not released, was holding an infant at the time of the July 9 incident in downtown Dawsonville. They were not injured.
Carter, 35, was released on $3,200 bond two days later, according to jail records.
A three-year starter at the University of Georgia who entered the NFL draft after his junior season, Carter started his professional career with the Dallas Cowboys, where he also played three years. He also played a season for the New York Jets.
His professional career, which also included stints in arena football, was cut short as he battled substance abuse issues that led to a number of arrests.
In 2011, Carter forged a relationship with a local Christian academy to help coach middle school football.
Dawson Christian Academy athletic director Hope Chism described Carter’s connection to the school as a means toward his recovery.
“My husband, Jesse Chism, as part of his ministry began a mentorship with Quincy through different therapy through our athletic department,” she said.
In a 2011 interview with the Dawson Community News, Carter said he hoped to turn his life around in Dawsonville.
“We might call it crazy, but I know God does things in mysterious ways and you never know when you’ll be in the right spot at the right time,” he said at the time. “I was, and I’m just so thankful to the school, the coaching staff and most of all to God for this opportunity.”
Hope Chism said at no time was Carter an employee of the school and parents of students were aware of his past.
“Over the summer, he just seemed to keep going down, so we involved him less and less,” she said.
Upon learning of the arrest, Hope Chism said the school completely cut ties with Carter, “except we are praying for him.”
She added the school’s football program will not suffer due to the loss.
“Football is going strong at Dawson Christian Academy,” she said.