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Report: Argument between FSU teammates resulted in December shooting

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As previously┬áreported, Florida State offensive lineman Ira Denson was not seen working out with the team during an offseason workout open to the media on Thursday. Head coach Jimbo Fisher told The Orlando Sentinel “We’re going to evaluate how he does,” and suggested they wanted him to focus on his academics while he works his way back from an injury riddled 2013 season. Perhaps there was more to the story.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported Friday Denson allegedly used a debit card belonging to Florida State running back Mario Pender on December 20. Two days later the two were tied to an incident involving a shooting. According to the report, citing the police report from December 22, Pender took a pair of Denson’s sneakers as collateral until he could get his money back from Denson. Denson agreed to meet Pender somewhere to exchange money and the shoes. Denson was accompanied by Tarron Addison, who is now in a county jail facing an attempted murder charge. As reported, Pender sent his half-brother outside an apartment to return the shoes. Once the shoes were placed in the trunk of the car Denson was sitting in, the car started to drive away and Pender claims Addison pointed a gun out from the driver’s side window and fired a few times in the direction of Pender and his half-brother, who had been shot through the left ear.

Needless to say, this is not a good situation.

Some other questions may soon be worth exploring here as well. Both Denson and Pender remain on the Florida State roster (neither traveled with the team for the BCS Championship Game). Did Fisher know about this incident in question? If so, did he address Denson’s absence properly on Thursday? Denson has not been charged with any crime, so his status on the team would not fall under any questioning as far as that is concerned. Denson has denied to police using Pender’s debit card. If there is a rift between teammates that has allegedly involved bullets flying, has peace been made?

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20 Responses to “Report: Argument between FSU teammates resulted in December shooting”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Mar 7, 2014 2:21 PM



  2. steeler1nation says: Mar 7, 2014 2:56 PM


  3. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 7, 2014 3:24 PM

    December seems like a bad month for FSU players…..

  4. duvalgator says: Mar 7, 2014 3:34 PM

    Oh wow, another coverup……… #winstonberger

  5. mnolefan1999 says: Mar 7, 2014 5:58 PM

    Kill yourself idiot^^^

  6. normtide says: Mar 7, 2014 6:21 PM

    See, that’s another reason why it’s hard to sustain success. These are kids, many with little common sense. Just makes 3 in 4 years even more impressive.

  7. blacknole08 says: Mar 7, 2014 6:42 PM

    YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Mar 7, 2014 2:21 PM




    More like defending national champs.

  8. blacknole08 says: Mar 7, 2014 6:44 PM

    And kick these two idiots off the team. Pender needs to pay more attention in the classroom anyways.

  9. realfootballfan says: Mar 7, 2014 7:45 PM

    So this is finally making it out there. This was the “stuff” that I alluded to having heard on a post from earlier on Denson and why I don’t think he’ll ever amount to anything at FSU, but I didn’t want to just be throwing unconfirmed rumors out there.

  10. realfootballfan says: Mar 7, 2014 7:50 PM

    As to the questions posed in this blurb, yes Fisher knew about it just like he know about the Winston situation last year. I’ve heard about this through the grapevine and I live on the other side of the country now, so I’m sure this has been in the community gossip line in Tallahassee. I know Denson isn’t particularly seen as long for the program because many see him as a low character type.

  11. stoicpaisano says: Mar 7, 2014 9:07 PM

    If he needed replacement sneakers, Denson should’ve just gone to see P-Dub & Trub.

  12. matt24bucs says: Mar 7, 2014 9:20 PM

    Oh wonderful. Now we know that all it takes to win a championship is rape, guns, thugs, and corrupt police!!! Heck- this should be easy from now on down here at FSU!!

  13. donovandancy says: Mar 8, 2014 12:41 AM

    So lets see.
    Denson has not been charged with anything so ant crime is speculation.
    Pender is not in trouble.
    Everyone else is not an FSU player.

    So, dragging FSU through the mud based on allegation . . . not even directly about the team.

    Seems about on par for this writer

  14. jkulha86 says: Mar 8, 2014 8:33 PM

    Anytime you get accused of something, whether you’ve been charged or not charged, it’s going to follow you around for the rest of your life. Just ask Cam Newton, Terrelle Pryor, the PSU administrators, the FSU players, and the countless numbers of athletes who have or have not committed crimes. Is it fair, especially if you’ve been proven innocent? No, but it’s the society we live in today.

  15. realfootballfan says: Mar 10, 2014 4:30 PM


    The guy who shot at Pender was with Denson. It’s called bad association and looks bad for the program no matter how you slice it. When I was in school there, the football players, other athletes, and frat boys would have their run of the mill issues and you expect that to a certain extent because you have young men from all walks of life coming together with many of them getting their first taste of parental freedom, but this is still a bit much. Also, when Fisher is going out on a lib for some of these guys like Denson who had some flags coming out of high school, you would hope they don’t start acting up, especially in their first year on campus. It makes everyone look bad.

  16. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Mar 11, 2014 12:36 PM

    Typical, Well winning is everything, keep bringing in trouble and sanctions will fallow. Then Jimbo will leave, and its back to the mid of the pack ACC team FSU was. This would never happened under Bowdens watch, he won championships with class not criminals!

  17. realfootballfan says: Mar 11, 2014 12:48 PM

    Well, I was there during Bowden’s years, and you had knuckleheads like Fred Rouse robbing teammates and I was dating a local girl who didn’t go to the university who had had a run in with one of the players vandalizing her car and Bowden got that problem taken care of. I love Bobby, but please don’t talk about what you don’t know anything about. Denson is simply a guy (btw who wasn’t exactly a 5 star recruit) who Fisher took a chance on and probably regrets it. Every program except the Stanfords of the world have these stories whether you hear about them or not.

  18. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Mar 11, 2014 1:02 PM

    I hear you, but from all the trouble Jimbo must be taking a lot of chances. I don’t think all the recent trouble @FSU is a conspiracy either. Your right though every team has troubled players, but if a school keeps landing in the spotlight then a trend not an isolated incident is occurring.

  19. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Mar 11, 2014 1:10 PM

    My Mountaineers too have had a recent increase in accusation and arrests under Holgerson. I don’t like it at all but i don’t pretend its not a result of bringing in troubled players either. I cant tell you how many times a coach brings in a goof and all the fans rush in with the “he took a chance” or “the kid deserved another chance”or maybe “no one saw that coming” but in reality coaches look for talent while looking in the opposite directions of all the red flags.

  20. realfootballfan says: Mar 11, 2014 9:33 PM

    Fisher dropped the ball on Denson because he has low character individual written all over him. I’m okay with some rowdiness, stuff like underage drinking and other idiotic stuff you have alot more of their fellow students doing, but I’m not okay with bringing these kinds of low lives to campus. Like with the Rouse kid, some kids just are not good people and you should recognize when you see it that blatantly.

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