Florida Gators junior defensive back Brian Edwards was arrested on a battery charge Monday night in Gainesville.
According to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report Edwards and his girlfriend of “approximately two years” got into an argument and the woman attempted to leave. In an effort to keep her from leaving Edwards allegedly grabbed her by the neck. The victim had marks on her neck and a scratch on her shoulder according to the report. There was one witness to the incident who intervened in an effort to stop the argument and then called 911. Edwards was arrested and booked for simple battery, a misdemeanor charge in the state of Florida.
Edwards is the second Gator to make bad headlines off the field in a week’s time. Florida quarterback Jalon Jones was accused of, but not formally charged, with two counts of sexual assault back in April, but the complaint was released April 29.
Edwards is a junior from Miramar, Florida. He appeared in 10 games as a freshman in 2017. Edwards played in eight games as a sophomore in 2018 mainly on special teams and as a reserve defensive back.
Edwards is currently in custody.
Otis Yelverton, a Florida football support staff member was arrested Monday morning and is facing a third-degree felony. Alachua County Court records shows that Otis Yelverton is facing an aggravated stalking charge. The Florida football assistant director of player personnel was arrested by police after he was thought to be a threat.Yelverton has been placed on leave by Florida following the charges.According to the ACSO police report, Yelverton has “repeatedly and maliciously” harassed the victim
Gator wide receiver Justin Watkins has been arrested in Gainesville and faces four charges( two felony counts) including two counts battery, kidnapping/false imprisonment. and domestic battery by strangulation.
According to the arrest report, on July 20th, Watkins intentionally struck a woman, both with an open and closed fist on both sides of her head while he held her down on a bed.
The report goes on to say Watkins choked the woman multiple times while continuing to pin her down on the bed.
Police say Watkins then confined the women to his dorm room by standing in the doorway and blocking the exit.
The report says the woman was physically restrained by Watkins until she sprayed him with mace out of self defense.
Police say Watkins then chased the woman out, threw multiple items at her including a brush and container of “hair grease” causing bleeding and swelling.
The Gators have suspended Watkins indefinitely.
This is Watkins second arrest of the offseason. He was charged in May for trespassing near Vanguard High School after following a woman to a gas station, destroying her phone, kicking her car.
The Gainesville Sun has learned that four of the Florida players suspended indefinitely for credit card fraud — Jordan Scarlett, Rick Wells, James Houston and Ventrell Miller — have rejoined team activities and will begin offseason workouts on Wednesday.
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Nine Florida Gators face at least 62 potential felony charges on accusations of credit card fraud.
Star receiver Antonio Callaway, starting running back Jordan Scarlett are the two biggest names facing potential felonies. The other seven: receiver Rick Wells, defensive lineman Jordan Smith, linebacker Ventrell Miller, linebacker James Houston, defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones, defensive lineman Keivonnis Davis and offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort.
The State Attorney’s Office will decide whether to file formal charges.
The players are accused of using credit cards they did not own to add to their bookstore debit accounts. They then used the extra money to buy electronics, which some players sold. Telfort faces 30 potential charges, and Smith faces 18. The others face two apiece.
Smith, for example, used credit cards to add $3,570 to his account and then made three bookstore purchases for $3,272.79, according to the sworn complaints. He also paid his $1,450 outstanding balance to UF’s transportation and parking.
Smith will also face a separate complaint from the Gainesville Police Department, which will allege that he used a stolen credit card to pay for rent at The Woodlands Apartment complex, according to the complaint.
Two other notable parts of the complaints: When the bookstore first found out about the discrepancies, it contacted the athletic department and the compliance office first.
The Gainesville Police Department concluded its investigation into Jordan Smith on Wednesday and has recommended two fraud complaints and two for larceny grand theft, all third-degree felonies, for attempted to use another person’s credit card without consent.
According to a police report, Smith used the credit card number of a Virginia man on July 31 to pay a $1,007.82 debt he had with The Woodlands, a Gainesville apartment complex. The man said he did not give Smith permission to use his credit card information nor did he know Smith or how Smith obtained his credit card information.
Those are in addition to the 18 third-degree felony charges the University of Florida Police Department recommended in relation to on-campus credit card fraud. According to the UFPD sworn complaint, Smith took $5,020 and bought two 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops at the bookstore along with various headphones. He also paid $1,450 to UF Parking and Transportation.
Smith was one of nine players involved in the monthlong UFPD investigation, which was completed Monday. A total of 62 third-degree felony charges were recommended for the nine players in the investigation, with Smith having 18 of those potential charges and freshman offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort facing up to 30 charges.
Smith, along with the other eight players, have been suspended since before the season opener against Michigan and have not been part of team activities during the duration of the suspension. All nine players remain suspended while State Attorney’s Office reviews the case.
Two University of Florida football players, one of whom was already suspended for the team’s opener against Michigan, were cited this week for having marijuana in their on-campus apartment, a UF Police report says.
Ventrell Miller and James Robinson were charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana on Monday.
Florida Gators receiver Antonio Callaway has been cited on a complaint of marijuana possession, according to Alachua County court records.
The Gainesville Police Department stopped a Merecedes SUV at 12:50 a.m. Saturday for a seatbelt violation. Police smelled marijuana and found about 7 grams in the Gator’s pocket. Another 5.4 grams of marijuana were found in the car. Both Callaway and 40-year-old Kendrick Williams claimed ownership of the drugs, according to the court documents. Williams has a long criminal history with more than a dozen arrests in the state for complaints ranging from drugs and guns to battery and vehicle theft.
UF tight end C’yontai Lewis and two women were at the scene, too, but not accused of any wrongdoing, according to Gainesville police.