Augusta, GA (WJBF) — After what he describes as “a long six months,” Harold Doby is back at GRU Augusta and back with the Jaguars men's basketball team. The former Laney high school star made the announcement via email Monday afternoon.
Doby was suspended indefinitely following an arrest in January after university police discovered a loaded weapon in his University Village apartment. He was charged on 1 count of having a firearm on school grounds. However, those charges were dropped and his record was expunged. The charges were presented to a grand jury, and they no-billed it, meaning they voted not to indict. The case was closed on March 13th.
Doby enrolled in summer classes, and it was at that time that his suspension was officially over. Doby sent an email to local media Monday announcing his return. According to GRU Augusta Athletic Media Relations Director Joey Warren, the letter was all Harold's idea, and it's only the first step in what they play to do to help him rehab his image. Warren also said that Doby and men's basketball head coach Dip Metress will be available for interviews at a later date.
Doby, who is entering his senior season, was the second leading scorer and leading rebounder on the Jaguars before his suspension.
Here is the complete letter that Doby sent out on Monday titled “thank you”:
It has been a long six months and I want to thank everyone in the city who has supported and encouraged me. I also want to thank Georgia Regents University, the Athletic Department and my teammates for believing in me. Augusta is my hometown, and I am happy that I will have the chance next year to once again represent my city, my university and my teammates as a player on the men's basketball team. Everything happens for a reason and I have learned a lot about myself and what I value. Life can change in the blink of an eye, and as my mother always tells me, struggle makes us stronger.
Last year was difficult, both for me and my teammates. As a senior next season, I want to go out on top, and I am excited about making a positive impact and helping our team continue the great tradition of Jaguar basketball. Our fans stuck with us last year, and my teammates and I will work harder than ever to make our city proud of us and how we play the game. The only day that will be better than the day I get to wear my basketball uniform again will be the day I walk across the stage with a degree from Georgia Regents University. And when I do get my degree, it will be because my hometown showed faith in me.