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.