ATHENS, Ga. — University of Georgia defensive tackle Trenton Thompson is withdrawing from classes this semester at UGA after being released from Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital.
A police report filed today indicated Thompson was found by police officials late Wednesday night wandering in the street on River Road on UGA campus. After determining that Thompson was “behaving incoherently”, the officer contacted Emergency Medical Services.
Police asked Thompson what medication he had taken. He claimed he had taken “two oxies.”
Thompson returned home after being rushed to the hospital Wednesday evening.
A statement from the University of Georgia Athletic Association indicated Thompson is still under close medical care. Toxicology tests performed at Piedmont Athens Regional came up negative for OxyContin.
Here is the full statement from the athletic association:
|“Based upon recent events, Trenton Thompson’s family has authorized UGAAA to release the following information. Trenton has been dealing with a significant medical issue which required emergency hospitalization and extended hospital stay. Trenton was recently discharged from the hospital and remains under close medical care. With respect to last night’s incident, the physical appearance and behavior described in the UGA PD report is solely related to an adverse reaction to medications prescribed specifically for his medical condition. The adverse reaction required emergency transport to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released. Toxicology tests performed at the hospital were negative for OxyContin. We cannot release any further information at this time due to federal privacy laws. Due to the medical issues, Trenton is withdrawing from classes this semester, and his family requests privacy during this time.”
Grady Newsource spoke to UGA kicker Rodrigo Blankenship, he said the football team has been instructed not to comment on Thompson’s status. He also mentioned he had not seen Thompson all spring.
A photo was posted to Thompson’s Instagram where teammates commented wishing him well.
Thompson was named MVP of the TaxSlayer Liberty Bowl and is from Albany, Ga.
By: Celia Palermo and Miles Moraitis