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Updated: Gators tight end suspended after battery charge

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UPDATED 6:40 p.m. ET: It didn’t take long for Florida coach Will Muschamp to take action on tight end A.C. Leonard following the sophomore’s arrest for domestic battery.

Muschamp said in a release this evening that Leonard is suspended from team activities and issued the following statement:

“This behavior will not will be tolerated. It is not what we expect from the University of Florida football program.”


I know. It’s the offseason and a Florida player was arrested. Stunning.

The latest legal brush comes courtesy of sophomore tight end A.C. Leonard, who according to a police report obtained by the Gainesville Sun, was arrested last night and charged with simple domestic battery.

The report states Leonard and his girlfriend — they’ve lived together for about the past month — were involved in a verbal dispute at around 7:20 when the fight escalated into a physical confrontation. Leonard reportedly “shoved [his girlfriend] forcibly with both hands in her chest/neck area. The force of the shove knocked her down to the ground, causing her head to strike a dog cage that was behind her.”

Leonard then reportedly told the woman to leave and attempted to drag her by her hair out the door. When she resisted, the police report states Leonard grabbed his girlfriend by her feet and pulled her out of the apartment before locking her out. Again, this is according to the woman.

The arresting officer said he saw bruises on the woman’s elbow and arm. Leonard was booked in a Alachua County jail and held overnight.

Appearing in court this morning, Leonard said “I never hit her. I just wanted her to leave.” A judge ruled that Leonard is to have no contact with the woman until the matter is resolved.

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35 Responses to “Updated: Gators tight end suspended after battery charge”
  1. woebegong says: Feb 16, 2012 10:38 AM

    Guess that will take some of the venom out of the Florida fans that come onto the famous “AJC’, Atlanta newspaper blogs and belittle the UGA team for having a DB do the same thing earlier this year.
    Any major or even sometimes minor football programs can have a student that gets off the beaten path.

  2. LogicalConsideration says: Feb 16, 2012 10:42 AM

    Assuming the facts are more or less as alleged, he’s got to go, if Florida wants to have any pride as an institution. A shove gone wrong, you might punish but not expel. A shove gone wrong PLUS dragging by hair and then by feet so violent that it left bruises–not forgivable.

    Dear college athletes, when you are faced with a confrontation with a roommate, housemate or girlfriend that may be on the verge of becoming physical–Walk. Away.

    If it is your apartment or dorm room, walk away anyway. Call the authorities and let them sort it out. I’m not saying don’t defend yourself if someone invades your home and is threatening you. But otherwise, you are better off walking away and not wrecking things for yourself and others.

  3. woebegong says: Feb 16, 2012 10:49 AM

    Good advice, but hard for kids that are trained to be macho and super aggressive on the field to not act that way off the field. Football players and most big time athletes at college are treated so special at times, that they think they are sometimes above the rules in some cases. I am sure Mushcamp, will have some serious discussions with the young man, at the least.

  4. crazycane says: Feb 16, 2012 10:53 AM

    Buckeyes, this is what your future has in store concerning player arrests.

  5. myownwerstenmy says: Feb 16, 2012 11:23 AM

    A SEC player arrested, SHOCK.

  6. blueglaze says: Feb 16, 2012 11:28 AM

    She should have listened to him… Her names not on the lease. Ha not saying hit her, but dragging is ok… Freakin girl drama

  7. mrslay1 says: Feb 16, 2012 12:09 PM

    Sad thst these kind of women can cause what ever trouble or scene that they want to and then cry foul. They say no means no…well go means go. Respect works both ways, if you want it… give it.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Feb 16, 2012 12:14 PM

    Coach Boom is not going to be happy about this.

  9. watchfullhose says: Feb 16, 2012 12:53 PM

    This is clearly a direct result of Urban Meyer not having control of his program. When zook recruits got arrested – Urbans fault. Urban recruits – Urbans fault (even though he’s been gone over a year). Fla fans are gonna blame this guy for the next 7 years.

  10. 305fan says: Feb 16, 2012 1:40 PM

    So that’s why the women in Gainsville are toothless. They get punched in the the mouth by the football players. If you can’t be tough on the field then you take it out on the females.

  11. florida727 says: Feb 16, 2012 2:00 PM

    “305fan”, congratulations, you win the “Idiot Post of The Day” award. Just where in Ben’s story did it reference anyone getting “punched in the mouth”? You’re a moron. Go back down to your mom’s basement and leave the computer keyboard alone.

    “watchfullhose”, sorry, you only came in second for the award. If you think Florida fans hate Urban Meyer, you’re almost as idiotic as “305fan”. The guy brought us TWO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, and some of the most electrifying play we’ve seen in decades. Did he have faults? “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

  12. 305fan says: Feb 16, 2012 2:08 PM

    I’ll take that award and put right next to my 5 National titles. SUCK IT bitch!!!!

  13. watchfullhose says: Feb 16, 2012 2:23 PM

    :::throws stones at florida727::::;

  14. gatorprof says: Feb 16, 2012 2:26 PM

    If true, he must go.

  15. mrslay1 says: Feb 16, 2012 2:28 PM


  16. gatorprof says: Feb 16, 2012 2:38 PM


    Yes, a ONCE great program. You guys haven’t been relevant except for scandals since you lost to OSU a decade ago. Your only bowl win in the last 8 years was Nevada.

    How does it feel waiting for the executioner’s axe to fall? NCAA has enough right now before Shapiro starts singing again from his jail cell as promised. You had better hope that one of your alumni who is currently incarcerated silences him before he talks again.

  17. imasturbate says: Feb 16, 2012 3:14 PM

    I don’t condone domestic violence, but I do know what turns Mr Hand into Mr Fist – Sam Kinison

  18. quitcrying says: Feb 16, 2012 4:00 PM

    Kind of funny how the “Fulmer Cup” was created by Gator fans.

  19. 305fan says: Feb 16, 2012 4:54 PM

    Hey Gatorpuff!

    Didn’t UF have about 25-30 arrested players while Myer was there? You better hope NCAA does not start sniffing around that dirty ass campus.

    How bout the Gayturds put UM back on the schedule, and stop hiding……..PUNK

  20. mrslay1 says: Feb 16, 2012 5:44 PM

    God your a pu$$y mouth!!! And no I’m not a gator fan or even from Florida.

  21. overratedgators says: Feb 16, 2012 5:55 PM

    As always:

    Stay classy, Gators.


  22. dolfan1 says: Feb 16, 2012 7:41 PM

    The Gators are still trying to get out of the 2013 game in Miami! They only want to play Hurricanes in THE PUDDLE IN CAINESVILLIE!!!

  23. blueglaze says: Feb 16, 2012 7:50 PM

    Michigan is horrible…

  24. woebegong says: Feb 16, 2012 7:57 PM

    You have to give credit to Mushcamp. He will not fool around and if you mess up like this young man did, your punishment will be swift and hard from him. I think the punishment fits the crime.

  25. 305fan says: Feb 16, 2012 8:42 PM

    UPDATE, Gators suspend A.C. Leonard, and will reinstate him in time for game one of 2012. That should teach them all not to mess with Coach Muschump. What a joke! Typical gayturd crap.

  26. mrslay1 says: Feb 16, 2012 9:26 PM

    I can’t think of anybody who would be afraid of miami. They are nothing anymore. Besides, by the time their ponzi scheme hero get’s finished testifying, they won’t have enough players left to feild a team:-)

  27. 305fan says: Feb 16, 2012 11:30 PM

    Canes have been relevant for the past 3 decades. They won more titles than any other school in a 30 year span. Gayturds were relevant for 3 years. The party is over. Miami will be back on top sooner than gayturds. That’s how we do things. 2013 is coming soon. As for Shapiro, that’s nothing to worry about. Slap on the wrist. So suck on that bitches.

  28. mrslay1 says: Feb 17, 2012 12:11 AM

    God what a PUSSY mouth. You pussys won’t even win your pitiful conference, next to last in your divison, and your braging…about what, beating duke last year? As far as Shapiro you better be worried! nobody else is since everyone knows your finished:-)

  29. supremeomega says: Feb 17, 2012 8:13 AM

    I’m sure Urban Meyer is responsible for this…

  30. edweird0 says: Feb 17, 2012 9:42 AM

    LOL and I love how we’re the ones who are still referred as “Thug U”. We might have had a little scumbag attempt to poison our program but at least I can take solace in knowing Golden will always run a tighter ship then that Buffoon you guys call ‘coach’. Savor your recent success while it last cause the Canes are gunna be on top pretty soon! In Golden We Trust!!!

  31. 305fan says: Feb 17, 2012 10:02 AM


    You are retarded. Miami has played in 9 NC games and have come away with 5. How many have the Gayturds played in? Even after coming off probation in the mid late 90’s, we still came back and played in 2 title games and won 1. What makes you think history won’t repeat itself? If I recall you guys have played like crap the last 2 years with Urban Myers recruits. To top it off your current coach is a moron. Let me know how that SEC championship goes for you in the coming years. I’ll save you the trouble. You won’t be there. Also as long as Saban is in the SEC you will have no chance at a ring. Hurricane season is coming will the Turds back out of the Miami game again? Probably. If not mark it off as a loss for you. Now go back to your trailer park. There alot of inbreading left to do up there.

  32. overratedgators says: Feb 17, 2012 10:39 AM

    “Inbreading”? Sounds yummy.

  33. woebegong says: Feb 17, 2012 10:49 AM

    Come on guys. At least spell it right, LOL. It is “INBREEDING”.

  34. bradentonbuc says: Feb 17, 2012 12:58 PM

    Yep, Inbreading sounds like a shrimp batter. Too bad this blog doesn’t have more college graduates instead of all the “paper fans”

  35. mrslay1 says: Feb 17, 2012 9:02 PM

    You sure your not from the north? Living on what happened years ago. I wouldn’t know about the Gators that much as thats not my school. But I do know from all accounts that miami u is the arm pit of Florida and though there is a good coach in place, he will be gone soon. From your posts it’s apparant the trash that crawls out of the swamps and gutters down there in Florida lands at your school. The day’s of Howard, JJ and DE are long gone and with supporters like your biggest in prision, the future there is obvious to anyone.

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