Police investigating prescription drug theft in UGA tennis program

- Police at the University of Georgia have launched an investigation relating to the “possible theft and mishandling of prescription medication involving a number of individuals within the tennis program,” according to an incident report released Tuesday.

Authorities received a complaint about the alleged activity on May 7.

Manuel Diaz, the men's tennis coach, is listed as the reporting party and the UGA Athletic Association is listed as the victim.

The incident report shows the missing drugs as Schedule I and Schedule II, with a value of up to $1,500.

This comes following the recent suspensions of two assistant men's and women's tennis coaches, Bo Hodge and Drake Bernstein, last week.

Both Hodge and Bernstein played tennis at UGA under Coach Diaz and were members of NCAA National Championship teams. Hodge served as a volunteer coach for the Bulldogs from 2006 to 2008 and coached at the University of Oklahoma before returning to UGA in 2015.  Bernstein joined the program in 2012.

The team will be in the national spotlight this week as it hosts the NCAA Tennis Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex beginning Thursday morning.

UGA officials said police have not filed any charges or made any arrests in the ongoing case. Neither the police department, the university, nor the athletic association would comment on the investigation.

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