Former Florida running back Adarius Lemons was arrested early Thursday after police filed a sworn complaint Monday alleging he committed felony battery by strangulation, battery and destruction of more than $200 worth of property during an argument.
Lemons, 21, remained in the Alachua County jail later Thursday morning in lieu of a $65,000 bond.
Last Friday at about 11:44 p.m., Lemons and the woman, with whom he was in a long-term relationship, argued at her residence, according to the Gainesville Police Department report, regarding a social media message the victim had received.
During the argument, Lemons “repeatedly slammed the victim’s Apple iPhone 8+” on the ground until it was inoperable, the report says, and then slammed the woman onto a wall and the bed, causing her left foot to bleed.
Lemons and the woman continued arguing outside the apartment, the report said, and Lemons began to choke her “causing her to get on her toes.”
Two residents at the apartment complex saw Lemons choke the woman, according to the report, and tried unsuccessfully to separate them. The report says the woman and Lemons “have been in a romantic relationship for 7-8 years.”
A warrant was issued Tuesday for Lemons’ arrest.
The running back announced his decision to leave the UF football program following the Gators’ 27-16 loss to Kentucky Sept. 8. After the defeat, Lemons refused to join Florida’s post-game meeting, resulting in coach Dan Mullen removing him from the locker room. Lemons declared his intentions to finish out the fall semester at Florida before proceeding to transfer to another SEC program.
A former four-star prospect before his high school senior season was derailed, Lemons played largely on special teams in nine games in 2017 as a freshman, although he did record 19 carries. While he seemed poised for a large role after a solid spring camp, Lemons had two kickoff returns for 47 yards in the loss against Kentucky and was suspended from the season-opener against Charleston Southern.