Suspended UF football players getting day in court


Seven of the nine suspended UF football players have court dates scheduled over the next two weeks for dispositions before a judge.

“Just giving you a heads up and letting you guys know that’s taking place the next two weeks,” UF interim coach Randy Shannon said. “What’s going to happen? That’s just part of the process that they have to go through.”

The players — wide receiver Antonio Callaway, running back Jordan Scarlett, linebacker James Houston, wide receiver Rick Wells, linebacker Ventrell Miller, defensive tackle Richerd Desir-Jones and defensive end Keivonnis Davis —  agreed to pretrial interventions with the State Attorney’s Office in their credit card fraud case that could lead to third-degree felony complaints being dropped.

Each case will be presented to court over the next several days for formal approval. Scarlett and Wells had their 12-month pre-trial cases accepted Monday, Alachua County court records show. Houston has a court date Wednesday. Desir-Jones and Callaway have court dates next week.

The timetable for returning to the team for the seven players remains uncertain because they still have not gone through UF’s student judicial process.

“You have to talk to the university about those things,” Shannon said. “I’m the head coach at the University of Florida, I’m not the decision-maker that has to do with anything outside this football program.”

Offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort and defensive lineman Jordan Smith did not receive the pretrial intervention offer because they had too many charges recommended against them.



  1. afreshup. Florida is a football, basketball, baseball, softball, track, tennis, volleyball, soccer, swimming, and golf school. And the Gators have national and SEC titles in many of those sports to support that claim.

    • So you have such a stellar teenage experience that you can judge them so harshly? You never did anything crazy that was actually a crime, even if you didnt know it? You were such a model youth!
      FACT: the human brain doesnt mature in reasoning till age 25, thats why we recruit 18 year olds for military, their not matured enough to be afraid as they actually should! Most every teenager does stupid things , especially testosterone filled boys. I think it more important to punish and make sure they learn from this but not destroy their future or else you just place them in a no hope situation and that lead to a life of crime. I think it more intelligent to get them back on the correct path and a college education so they can be productive members of society. Apparently the pretrial intervention of the SYSTEM thinks so too, why dont you?

      • Fact, a person with even an above average brain doesn’t even get into UF, no matter the age. It’s a privilege and an honor to play football for the Gators. How many chances does Callaway get? Too darn many!

      • Stealing credit cards is not the same as putting firecrackers in someone’s mailbox and you shouldn’t equate the two. These guys knew they were getting into something illegal and that still did it because they wanted stuff that they couldn’t afford. I don’t care if you are 3 years old, that should never be allowed and if we as a society start to allow that then we are going down a very slippery slope.

      • No Daz, I didn’t…but I also didn’t do anything remotely near the level of a felony, I had no very expensive scholarship and those attached behavioral expectations attached to my name. I screamed for years that “King Crab” Jameis Winston was a low-rent thug who should be tossed for (possibly less) than what these idiots tried, an no, I’m not going to be a pumper hypocrite. They. Should. Be. Gone.

      • Daz,
        Can I get your credit card number? I need to do some shopping. It should be ok because I am not 25, so my mind isn’t full developed. That means you’ll be cool with it.

        It wont cause you any hassles except a credit hit, all new cards issued, reporting it to your card company and the idea that someone stole from you.

  2. A new coach will, and should, put these credit card misfits on a very very short leash. Calloway is a case study in what should not be allowed to occur. Multiple offenses, hanging out with 40 year old thugs, and not “learning” his lesson. Calloway’s case is not one caused by an immature brain or crazy youthful decisions – that was about 3 indiscretions ago. I say let Calloway go and put the others on notice. The freshmen do not need to be treated like the vets – but be clear, there are no third chances!

  3. So.. let’s put it in perspective. The current POTUS is a treasonous, profit earning in office, unethical and pathological liar. But that slides by daily. He commits fraud (Trump University) but pays his way out. In contrast, yes, these young men made bad decisions. But peer pressure, and other teenage situations, can cause anyone to make a bad decision. They deserve a second chance. Let’s not be so self-righteous and act as though we haven’t made decisions that could’ve landed us in legal trouble. They won’t do it again. Give them a break, especially those without previous transgressions.

  4. Whatever the outcome of their court cases, there remains the court of Gator public opinion. I am certain we will not see the return of the two players who are charged with numerous credit card offenses. In fact, there is little doubt they will see prison time for their multiple felonies. As for the remaining seven players who I think have two charges each, they may get off with no felony convictions (I actually agree with this if no real priors) and have to pay fines and community service. But do we want them back? This will up to the new HC, who will be well aware of the dramatically negative impact all nine players had on our team this year. If it were me, I would suggest they seek to play elsewhere, and request that their scholarships be revoked and given to some new young players who deserve the opportunity to prove to the University of Florida that this was a was decision.

  5. CGR this is not a political issue so please stop wearing you politics on your shoulder and understand the impact of our players actions. I graduated high school in 1965; there was a drug culture at the time, and using marijuana was against the law. I know people who had there houses raided for possession and many went to prison for sentences of 3 to 5 years (yes, for possession). Their lives were ruined; and they were never allowed make up for it and for the most part it was a victimless crime. Today, in most cases, possession is a slap on the wrist, but use of a stolen credit card affects more than the user and it should be more than a slap on the wrist. In fact, it may be a very personal and life changing situation for the owner of the card and depending on the situation it could ruin their credit and their lives and for what? So when someone talks about second chances consider the victim. It may take more than restitution to make them whole again. Yes, I agree with second chances, but remember there was a time when there were no second chances.