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Arrested Gator TE A.C. Leonard suspended

Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:10 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 4:11 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The latest Florida Gator to be arrested has also become the latest Gator to be suspended.

Rising sophomore tight end A.C. Leonard was suspended indefinitely by Florida head coach Will Muschamp Thursday, following Leonard's Wednesday evening arrest on charges of simple domestic battery.

"This behavior will not will be tolerated and A.C. has been suspended from team activities at this time," Muschamp said in a statement. "I certainly don't condone this type of behavior - it is not what we expect from the University of Florida football program."

That may be the case, but it's only fair to say that arrests of one kind or another are precisely what many other people expect from the University of Florida football program--Leonard's was the 10th arrest of a Gator since Muschamp's hire 14 months ago. And the details of this one are uglier than most: according to the account given to police by Leonard's girlfriend, Leonard knocked her over with a two-handed shove, attempted to drag her out of their apartment by her hair, did pull her out by grabbing both feet, then locked the door. She reportedly suffered abrasions on both arms.

Leonard was jailed overnight Wednesday and released on his own recognizance Thursday. A blue-chip prospect in Muschamp's inaugural 2011 recruiting class, he caught eight passes for 99 yards his freshman season.

In Muschamp's defense, of the nine Gators arrested during his tenure (former corner Janoris Jenkins was arrested twice in early 2011 before being dismissed), eight of them were either signed or recruited by his predecessor Urban Meyer, Leonard included. But it was also Muschamp who vowed when he was hired that the Gators would adhere to a higher standard of behavior he dubbed the "Florida Way"; as of yet, those words seem to have fallen on deaf ears where his roster is concerned.

And judging by this picture of an (as of yet officially) unidentified Florida player riding his scooter inside the Gator football complex, tweeted early Friday morning by safety Matt Elam, those ears haven't gone un-deaf yet:

Photo HT: Throw the Flag.

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Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:27 pm

Arrested Gator TE A.C. Leonard suspended

Jerry, are you biased much?  At least he got suspended and I see many schools that don't bother with suspensions but no article from you.  UF's serious offenses are dealt with in a serious manner.  Pot smoking???  Young Adults??  Say it isn't so.  Do you know in Austin Texas that's UT as in Texas country, athletes do not get arrested for pot, they get a citation for a small amount.  There are many reasons you don't know about all the arrests in the college football or at all universities but I'd really like to see an article going after the worst offenders and the worse offenses.  Here's a hint, it's not UF not even close.  I gather by stalking a UF football player's twitter account and snagging a picture off that account, you know all the details about this picture and who all is aware of the situation.  Wait, isn't stealing a crime?  Stealing a photo?  Oh no,  it was posted so you swipped and now you are trying to create a new story.  How smart of you.  No college or anyone associated with a college or young adults for that matter, condones behavior that warrants an arrest.  We are also aren't privy to all the information either.  I think Muschamp has handled this well and every other arrest he has dealt with.  NO coach can be around a player 24/7 just like a parent can't be around a child 24/7 things will happen and need to be dealt with.  No issues with Muschamp.  He did the right thing.  

Quit trolling college players accounts to look or create an unfounded stories based on opinion and try to base on fact.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:21 pm

Arrested Gator TE A.C. Leonard suspended

So, only one side of the story counts?  I'm sure she couldn't possibly have been attacking him, and that he couldn't have been simply trying to get her out of his apartment so that she would stop throwing punches at him.  If he had actually hit her, it would be one thing, but even she didn't accuse him of hitting her, and it was her side of the story.  

I think I would like to wait until due process plays itself out before getting the torches and pitchforks out. 

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 6:58 pm

Arrested Gator TE A.C. Leonard suspended

Muschamp should be applauded for taking steps to clean up the products of Urban Legend's day care center style of discipline (the code for that style is "handling things internally").  However, only one of the 10 published arrests (Jenkins 3rd offense) was sent packing.  So we shall see how deep the commitment to "Florida Way" runs.  Here's hoping he stays the course and doesn't let the inmates run the asylum, like so many "player friendly" coaches do.

Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 6:10 pm

Arrested Gator TE A.C. Leonard suspended

Another Urben gem...A woman beater. I bet he is from Akron?

Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:58 pm

Arrested Gator TE A.C. Leonard suspended

Let me guess....One of Urbens guys? I see a transfer to ohio coming soon.

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