Friday, February 17, 2012
Muschamp suspends tight end A.C. Leonard
By Chris Low
Florida coach Will Muschamp didn't waste any time in disciplining A.C. Leonard and suspending the freshman tight end Thursday evening from all team activities.
Leonard was arrested Wednesday night and charged with simple domestic battery. According to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report, a woman Leonard had been dating for the past 17 months and living with for the past month said Leonard shoved her to the ground following an argument, causing her to hit her head on a dog cage. She said Leonard then told her to leave and grabbed her by the hair in the bedroom and tried to drag her out of the apartment. The report stated that when she resisted, Leonard grabbed her by the feet, pulled her out of the apartment and then locked her out of the apartment.
Leonard told police that he never hit the woman and just wanted her to leave.
In a statement, Muschamp said: "This behavior will not will be tolerated and A.C. has been suspended from team activities at this time. I certainly don't condone this type of behavior -- it is not what we expect from the University of Florida football program."
There have been 10 arrests of Florida players since Muschamp took over as head coach a little more than 13 months ago, although all but one of those players either signed or committed to the Gators under former coach Urban Meyer. Muschamp made a strong statement last year that he wasn't going to tolerate serious off-the-field issues when he dismissed his best player, cornerback Janoris Jenkins, following Jenkins' second drug arrest.