Tag:Reggie Myles
Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 12:14 pm

Gators' DT Easley won't face charges

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

A long night for Florida against Alabama back on Oct. 1 seemed to be that much longer when the news surfaced that former Tide player Reggie Myles had accused starting Gator defensive lineman Dominique Easley of assaulting him outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Last week, the University Police Department that investigated the accusations filed a complaint against both Easley and Myles, charging the former with misdemeanor assault and the latter with criminal mischief, larceny and disorderly intoxication. But fortunately for the Gators (and Myles), state attorney Bill Cervone has elected not to press charges against either party.

Perhaps recognizing the target audience for interest in the case, Cervone drew on a time-honored football metaphor in an official statement announcing his office's decision (emphasis added):
“There are no clean hands in this situation. There is also no harm done, despite protestations to the contrary, that outweighs these factors. Any harm to either party is in essence canceled out by the harm to the other party.

“To use an appropriate analogy, I am therefore calling offsetting penalties and declining to file any criminal charges against either Easley, Myles, or anyone else.”

Myles had claimed that Easley tackled him on a stadium walkway in what he described as an unprovoked attack. That he wound up with the heavier burden of charges, however, would seem to indicate neither UPD nor Cervone were able to take his story at face value.

The news will be highly welcomed by Florida fans who might have seen filed charges result in the suspension of their team's leading tackler-for-loss. Particularly with run-heavy Vanderbilt on the schedule this wek, Easley's ability to close down running lanes could prove vital as the Gators attempt to claw their way out of a four-game losing streak.

But even if Easley was a third-string special teamer, the way the past month has gone for Will Muschamp's team -- and the way the Gators' arrest record has remained in headlines of late -- the news would still be greeted just as warmly. At this point, the Gators will take every possible positive they can get.
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:30 am
Edited on: October 4, 2011 10:33 am

Former Tide player says UF's Easley attacked him

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

In what we fully expect to be the strangest story Eye on CFB covers today, a former Alabama football player has accused Florida starting defensive lineman Dominique Easley of attacking him outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium folllowing the Gators' 38-10 loss to the Tide Saturday night.

The Tuscaloosa News reported Tuesday that former Tide defensive back Reggie Myles has filed a complaint with University of Florida police. The complaint states that sometime shortly after midnight, Myles was tackled from behind in an unprovoked attack while waiting on a stadium walkway. According to the complaint, Myles was able to identify his attacker as Easley after speaking to Easley's parents, who were present at the scene.

The Florida UPD has yet to confirm that identification, however, and has neither arrested or cited Easley nor has any current plans to.

"I'm trying to identify a suspect, who it was that actually hit him and injured him. I'll go from there," said UPD officer Steve Wilder.

That identification could hinge on a cell phone which Myles recovered at the scene. According to Myles, Easley dropped the phone during the attack and his parents requested its return following the incident. The phone was turned over to police. Myles told the News that two other eyewitnesses would also be making statements to the UPD.

The Gainesville Sun reported that the Florida athletic department had made no comment on the situation as of Monday evening.

Myles himself was charged with public intoxication and criminal mischief related to his angry reaction to the attack. "It was based on the way he was behaving when we were trying to sort everything out," Wilder said. "He'd just been hit from behind by an unknown assailant, and was scraped up pretty good. I understand him being upset. Unfortunately, we couldn't get him to calm down."

Myles's allegations do result in an arrest -- and that's a gigantic "if" at this stage -- it would be another black eye for a Gator program that's acquired quite the reputation for its run-ins with the law over the years, and Easley's potential punishment could be a substantial blow for a talented defensive line that showed against the Tide it still has room for improvement. (Easley currently leads the Gators with 4.5 tackles-for-loss.) But until/unless the UPD makes a positive identification of Easley as Myles's attacker, any fallout from Myles's allegations remains in the realm of pure speculation.

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