Jaguars player gets year of probation for hitting man

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler (56) returns a fumble for a touchdown against the Houston Texans this past NFL season. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

ST. PETERSBURG — Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler, a former standout at Florida, has been sentenced to a year of probation and 75 hours of community service for a parking lot attack on a man.
News outlets report Fowler was sentenced Thursday after pleading no contest to misdemeanor charges of battery, criminal mischief and petty theft. He could still be disciplined by the NFL.
St. Petersburg police say Fowler was arrested last July after confronting a man who made a comment about his driving in a parking lot. Authorities say Fowler exchanged words with the man before hitting him. Police say the man’s glasses were knocked off and Fowler stepped on them before taking a grocery bag from the man and tossing it in a lake.

Fowler played for Florida and was the Jaguars’ first-round draft pick in 2015.


  1. I know. Another “Gator” thug who would not give another Gator non-athlete the time of day. This belongs under the declining attendance article. Hard to cheer for this type of guy anymore.

  2. Wow sounds like a real tough guy. The stepping on the glasses and tossing his groceries in the lake tell me I all need to know about Fowler. I was a fan till now.

  3. He’ll be fined $75.00 and benched for one offensive play by the NFL. It’s sad that we can no longer make fun of the school out west with their thugs. UF is rapidly catching up.


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