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FSU’s James Wilder arrested on pair of charges

James Wilder Jr. AP

As a five-star recruit in 2011, James Wilder and didn’t make much of on-field impact for Florida State during his true freshman season.

Unfortunately for both the player and the program, the running back is making some off-field noise heading into spring practice 2012.

According to, Wilder was arrested recently on a pair of felony charges stemming from an incident that initially began as an attempt by the police to arrest his girlfriend.  Wilder has officially been charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence.

Wilder’s girlfriend, Bianca Carmada, was in the process of being arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear when the player allegedly became physically involved in the legal process.  From the website:

Sources tell Tomahawk Nation that Wilder allegedly grabbed his girlfriend away from the deputy as he was trying to arrest her and then allegedly slapped the deputy’s hand. The deputy as unharmed.

Based on the site’s description of what allegedly transpired, it would seem those felony charges will quickly evaporate into misdemeanors.  However, the FSU site had a slightly different account of how the events transpired, which appears below with our emphasis added:

As a deputy escorted the woman to a patrol car, Wilder, 19, began to tell the deputy that the woman was not going to jail. The release states that Wilder stepped between the deputy and the woman and pushed the officer. The officer unholstered his taser and advised Wilder that he would be tased if he continued to interfere.

The release says Wilder began “yelling obscenities” while still saying the woman would not be going to jail.

Wilder was then placed under arrest.

The school has yet to comment on the situation, although standard operating procedure for something such as this is a suspension until the legal issues are resolved.

Wilder last year was the No. 2 running back in the country and the No. 11 at any position according to  He rushed for 160 yards and a touchdown during his first season in Tallahassee, with nearly half of those yards (76) coming in a 52-point win over 1-AA Charleston Southern the second week of the season.

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13 Responses to “FSU’s James Wilder arrested on pair of charges”
  1. gainesvillenole says: Feb 22, 2012 9:26 PM

    slapping a cop’s hand one time is considered “with violence”?

    what an idiot, nonetheless

  2. dgbk says: Feb 22, 2012 9:43 PM

    those two stories are no wear near eachother someone is clearly lying….. as a gator fan i’ve seen a program have trouble with the law no reason to gloat when its not the school u cheer for…. hopefully things work out for wilder

  3. seanb20124 says: Feb 22, 2012 9:56 PM

    When cops show up, just go the other way. Can’t win an argument with a cop Mr. Wilder

  4. chachooga says: Feb 22, 2012 10:23 PM

    True that Sean.

    Wilder is a good young man. He doesn’t have any history of criminal activity.

    Hopefully for him this will go away, he obviously made a mistake, but it doesn’t seem worthy of two felonies…which is probably won’t.

  5. canetic says: Feb 22, 2012 10:48 PM

    Boy, I hope Jimbo doesn’t suspend him for the Savannah St. game

  6. pdcooper08 says: Feb 23, 2012 2:33 AM

    Perhaps he got caught up in the emotion of the event and obviously over reacted to seeing his girl placed under arrest and cuffed. Not a good scene and it happens.

    As far as slapping a cops hand, that of course is a crime. He is lucky he didn’t get high voltage therapy.

  7. florida727 says: Feb 23, 2012 8:27 AM

    He didn’t slap the cop’s hand. He was practicing the tomahawk chomp. There is a difference. It’ll all come out in court.

  8. drjem says: Feb 23, 2012 10:25 AM

    TO: Sean 20124

    Ur ABSOLUTELY correct. FIMO…..Forget it, move on. Sean, I’m like you on this one…’re just not going to win the argument with the cop. Get out of the way. Again, you’re correct. What are these players thinking???

  9. drjem says: Feb 23, 2012 10:26 AM

    Laughing at canetic’s post. Canatic, Sav State….like playing a high school team huh?.

  10. xtremesportsmaniac says: Feb 23, 2012 3:16 PM

    Wilder last year was the No. 2 running back in the country and the No. 11 at any position according to


    I think he was the number 2 rated linebacker out of high school. I could be wrong but all the hype on him was at linebacker not running back.

  11. John Taylor says: Feb 23, 2012 3:39 PM


  12. lakesidegator says: Feb 27, 2012 10:32 AM

    canetic, you got it half right; 1/2SU announced this a.m. that he is being suspended for TWO games: savannah state & murray state. Jimbo’s playing hardball discipline.

  13. xtremesportsmaniac says: Feb 29, 2012 1:20 PM

    Wow that’s got to be a mistake. He was considered a 5* LB not running back. He wanted to play RB but was always considered a higher value at LB.

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