Thursday, February 16, 2012
Gators' Leonard facing domestic charge
By ESPN.com staff
In what's obviously an important offseason for Will Muschamp and his Florida football program, the Gators have another arrest to deal with after freshman tight end A.C. Leonard was taken to jail Wednesday night following a dispute with his girlfriend that allegedly turned physical.
Leonard was charged with domestic battery and made his first court appearance on Thursday morning. According to the Gainesville Police Department arrest report, the case involves a woman Leonard has been dating for the past 17 months and lived with for the past month. The report states that following an argument Leonard shoved the woman forcibly with both hands in her chest/neck area, knocking her down. She said she hit her head on a dog cage behind her.
The woman also claims in the report that Leonard grabbed her by the hair and tried to drag her out of the apartment after telling her to leave. When the woman resisted, she told police that Leonard dragged her by both feet and locked her out of the apartment.
Leonard told police that he never hit the woman and just wanted her to leave.
Muschamp has been outspoken that his players would do things the "Florida Way." He demonstrated last year that he meant what he said when he kicked his best player, cornerback Janoris Jenkins, off the team following Jenkins' second brush with the law involving drugs.
Leonard's arrest marks the 10th for a Florida football player since Muschamp took over as head coach a little more than 13 months ago.