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Former NFL quarterback arrested
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A former NFL quarterback was arrested in Dawson County last week on assault charges, according to a Dawson County sheriffs report.

Lavonay Quintelle Quincy Carter, 35, was charged with simple assault.

At midnight on July 9, a woman at her residence in Dawsonville told deputies Carter threw a car seat and a set of keys at her.

According to the report, the victim was holding a three-week-old baby at the time of the alleged assault.

Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the incident.

Carters bond was set at $3,200; he was released on July 11.

Carter was also arrested in December of 2012 on a warrant from Hall County.

Carter was a quarterback for the University of Georgia from 1998-2000. He played four seasons in the NFL. From 2001-2003, he played with the Dallas Cowboys, and in 2004 for the New York Jets.

Most recently, Carter was mentored by Dawson Christian Academy headmaster Jesse Chism. Chism had allowed Carter to participate with the academys football program. According to Chism, the mentorship has now been terminated.

From the moment we found out that happened we terminated his relationship with our athletic program, Chism said. Carter was not on the payroll at Dawson Christian Academy, according to Chism.

Chism said middle school coach Danny Pruitt will be coaching both junior varsity and middle school teams.

This is the first year Dawson Christian Academy has had a junior varsity football program, athletic coordinator Hope Chism said. The program started with 12 players and has now grown to 32 athletes.