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Henson, Georgia's snapper on punts the last two seasons, missed last season's Sugar Bowl following a DUI arrest.
"It's certainly been a distraction," Richt said. "I mean there's no way you can say it hasn't been a distraction, because it has been."
Richt said he talked to his players about the problems on Sunday.
"I've already read them the riot act," Richt said before adding he doesn't want to kick players off the team just to satisfy those tired of seeing names of Georgia players included on the Athens-Clarke County police blotter.
"If a guy has a first-time offense, I don't believe in throwing that guy under the bus to try to stave off the wolves, so to speak," Richt said. "I don't think it's fair to the guy. Dewberry, for example, I don't think I should throw Dewberry off the football team. I've never had a problem with Darius Dewberry."
Added Richt: "We will look into other ways of making sure we do a better job."
Players are banned from downtown Athens during preseason camp, and Richt said he has considered extending that ban.
"That's a decision he has to make," senior tight end Tripp Chandler said. "I don't know if I would blame him for it with what's gone on this offseason."
The problems have not been limited to this year.
Chandler was suspended for one game last year after he was arrested downtown and charged with underage possession of alcohol.
"Downtown, that can be fun for a lot of guys, but the team and what we're able to do this season is a lot more important than going out and having fun with college students," Chandler said.
Receiver Mohamed Massaquoi said players are aware they all may be judged by the actions of teammates.
"We don't want to be looked at as bad guys or thugs," Massaquoi said. "We just have to move forward. We understand what was done and we understand we can't afford to have those mistakes in the future."
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