Thursday, July 26, 2018

Six Florida players facing disciplinary actions from school following confrontation with Gainesville area gambler.

Get those “Dan Millen has lost control of Florida” memes ready. Six members of the Florida Gators football team could be facing disciplinary actions from the school for their part in an incident this past May in which ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reports “involved airsoft guns, a baseball bat, rocks, and a frying pan.” 

The players involved are receivers Kadarius Toney, Tyrie Cleveland, and Rick Wells, defensive tackle Kyree Campbell, tight end Kenmore Gamble, and quartrback Emory Jones. 
Jacksonville news website First Coast News was the first to report on the incident, and has a copy of the police report in its story. According to the police, the six Florida players became involved in a confrontation with Devante’ Zachary aka "Tay Bang," a man described as a “Gainesville-area gambler,” and Zachary’s associates. 
According to reports, University of Florida police responded to a 911 call from a resident of the Keys Residental Complex in Gainesville, Fl. on May 28. The caller "reported seeing 10 people arguing and posessing what appeared to be an assault rifle.” The police report later described the rifle to be a pair of airsoft rifles. 
Zachary was apparently on good terms with Lewis, until Florida began losing games dueing the 2017 college season, in what ended up as a 4-7 season for the Gators.
Toney and Campbell face disciplinary actions from the university for “holding what appears to be an assault rifle [later determined to be assault rifles] at other individuals on campus.” The Cleveland, Wells, Gamble, and Jones “face potential university discipline for alledegly lying to the police about the incident."
Wells had previously been one of nine Florida players who were suspended from the team for all ofr the 2017 season following charges involving credit card fraud and identity theft. Wells and the other players were placed in what ESPN described as “a pretrial intervention program that could result in the dismissal of the charges.” Wells and three other players were allowed to dejoin the program this past January. 
In a statement from the university, first-year Florida head coach Dan Mullen said “We were made aware of the incident when it occured and immediately began following campus protocol. This has been an oppertunity for us to educate our players about the dangers and negative perceptions that occur when conflict arises, and how important honestly and good decision making is."
News of the May incident comes a day after Mullen suspended freshman linebacker Justin Watkins, who had been arrested on “third-degree charges of kidnapping/false imprisoment and domestic battery by strangulation” following an incident between Watkins and a woman in Clermont, Fl. 
(via ESPN)

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