— Gainesville Police (@GainesvillePD) October 14, 2015
A star player for the University of Florida Gators football team has been suspended indefinitely after he was arrested on charges of firing a gun at his pregnant girlfriend, accusing her of cheating on him with one of his teammates.
The Washington Post reports that Deiondre Porter, 19, a defensive back at the school in Gainesville, Florida, was arrested Wednesday on four felony charges, including two counts of assault with a deadly weapon without the intention to kill, one count of aggravated battery, and one count of firing a weapon into a vehicle or building. Held on a $160,000 bond at the Alachua County Jail, he also faces a misdemeanor charge of damaging property.
From The Washington Post:
“He’s no longer with the football team,” Coach Jim McElwain said (via Associated Press) on the SEC Conference coaches call. “He’s suspended indefinitely for obviously a choice. It’s his choice not to be with us. I’m sure you’ll read about it soon enough. It’s one of those things that we don’t obviously condone. Like I said, it was his choice.”
According to the Gainesville police report that was obtained by the Sentinel, the altercation occurred in the early-morning hours of Sept. 29 when Porter confronted his longtime girlfriend with accusations that she cheated on him with one of his teammates. Porter’s girlfriend, who was 10 weeks pregnant at the time, a fact the report claims Porter knew about, denied the allegations. Porter did not believe her, however, and according to the report he then pointed a gun at her head and asked her again.
The argument continued for a while longer before the two retired in separate rooms for the night and picked it up the next day, according to the report. Porter then eventually fired a gun in his girlfriend’s direction. The bullet landed in the wall, the report states.
The good news is that university football coaches are trying to address allegations of domestic violence early before players make it to the National Football League, you know, after the Ray Rice elevator scandal.
But truth be told, intervention is long overdue.
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