A.C. Leonard gets probation
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida tight end A.C. Leonard pleaded no contest Wednesday to a charge of misdemeanor battery stemming from a February altercation with his live-in girlfriend and will serve six months of probation, according to his Gainesville attorney.
Leonard must also pay $628 in court costs, continue to participate in anger management classes and have no contact with the victim.
"We took the victim's situation into consideration and thought this [resolution] was best for everybody," attorney Huntley Johnson said. "In my opinion, he's certainly learned from this situation, and I don't think we'll be having any further incidents."
Leonard was arrested Feb. 15 after Gainesville Police Department officers responded to a call made by a 21-year-old female Florida student at The Polos Apartments on Southwest Williston Road at about 8 p.m. ET, according to Cpl. Angelina Valuri, the public information officer for the Gainesville Police Department.
The victim, who said she had been dating Leonard for a year and a half but living with him for only a month, claimed Leonard assaulted her during a verbal argument, Valuri said.
The woman claimed Leonard shoved her with both hands in the chest and knocked her to the ground. As she was falling, the woman said she struck her head on a dog cage, according to Valuri.
The woman said Leonard, 20, grabbed her by her hair and dragged her toward the front door, ripping out chunks of her hair and breaking a necklace in the process. The woman said Leonard then grabbed her by both feet, dragged her out of the apartment and locked the door, Valuri said.
The woman had abrasions to her left forearm and right elbow, injuries consistent with being dragged on a carpet, Valuri said.
Florida coach Will Muschamp suspended Leonard, who caught eight passes for 99 yards as a freshman last season, after his arrest but reinstated the 6-foot-4, 245-pound sophomore on March 26 and allowed him to participate in spring practice. Muschamp said last week he has not yet determined Leonard's status for Saturday's spring game or the fall season.
"As I stated last week, A.C. has a number of things he has to work through before his status for the fall is addressed," Muschamp said in a statement on Wednesday.