UF football's Leonard arrested
Published: Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 9:14 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 9:14 p.m.
Florida sophomore tight end A.C. Leonard was arrested Wednesday night by the Gainesville Police Department on a simple domestic battery charge and then suspended Thursday by coach Will Muschamp.
"This behavior will not will be tolerated and A.C. has been suspended from team activities at this time," Muschamp said in statement Thursday. "I certainly don't condone this type of behavior — it is not what we expect from the University of Florida football program."
In an arrest report, Officer Amanda Prince wrote that the case involves the 20-year-old Leonard and a woman he has been dating for the past 17 months and lived with for the past month.
According to the report, the couple had been arguing around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday at the Polos Apartments when Leonard “shoved her forcibly with both hands in her chest/neck area. The force of the shove knocked her down to the ground, causing her head to strike a dog cage that was behind her.”
The woman told Prince that Leonard told her to get her belongings and leave, then followed her into the bedroom, where he grabbed her by her hair and tried to drag her out of the apartment. According to the arrest report, when the woman resisted, Leonard “grabbed her by both feet and pulled her out of the apartment,” then locked her out of the apartment.
Prince noted in the report that the woman had a large red abrasion on her left forearm and a quarter-sized abrasion on her right elbow.
Leonard refused to make any statements, but did tell Prince, “I never hit her. I just wanted her to leave.”
Leonard was booked into the Alachua County jail at about 9:30 p.m. and held overnight. He made his first court appearance from the jail via a closed circuit television system at 9 a.m. Thursday. During the court appearance, Leonard was released on his own recognizance by Alachua County Judge Tom Jaworski.
The judge also told Leonard and his attorney, Huntley Johnson, that Leonard was to have no contact with the woman and that he must maintain a separate residence until the charge is resolved. Leonard agreed to follow the judge's directions.
Johnson told Jaworski that Leonard was a University of Florida student and that he was in a “situation where he will be well-supervised,” but did not mention Leonard's position as a football player.
Following the three-minute hearing, Johnson said he and his client would have no comment on the case.
Leonard caught eight passes for 99 yards last season. His arrest is the 10th since Muschamp took over the program 14 months ago.