Former Gators running back Adarius Lemons arrested

Florida running back Adarius Lemons. [Lauren Bacho/Staff photographer]

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.



  1. Sad that Lemons did not remain thankful for the opportunity given to him, respect his coaches and teammates, and do the right things at Florida. But that is not his behavioral history. And he is not transferring to another SEC school now. And I hope the lady is going to be OK and moves on with her life.

        • I have to agree, every comment we could possibly make is a statement of the obvious. “Too bad” is about it for me, except for condolences to the young lady on the receiving end. I truly hope he is exposed to grace at some point.

          • Jonzee – I am not sure how to take your question or understand the reason behind it but I’ll risk answering it directly. I have not heard about the Alaska incident nor do I want to dig into the details but I would feel similarly to the Lemons incident. It sounds horrific. I feel badly for the victims. If he’s guilty, he deserves the punishment and criticism. As for me, I would want to be gracious by not judging or criticizing him. I’d let the justice system work. He will have lawyers defending him and the victims will have prosecutors working for them.

    • Sly, you can hate the action and not the person. I personally hate what he did in the locker room after the Kentucky game, and I hate this action far worse. But I do not hate Adarius Lemons. I hope he can somehow get the help he needs. The secondary school system tried to help him in Clearwater, and so did McElwain by offering him a scholarship when most major programs would not. But I really hate what he did to the woman he has known for so long. And I would hate it if she does not press full charges for assault. No man should ever lay a hand on a woman for any reason other than ones life being threatened with a weapon by a woman. Simple as that.

        • National case the guy admitted to doing those horrible things to the woman, and the judge literally threw it out it as if nothing happened, no time, no register as a sex offender. These kids that act out usually don’t grow up in stable homes.

          My point is people do worse and nothing happens

          • Jonzee – Sorry to hear he got away with a crime with little punishment. Unfortunately, it happens all the time. However, I do feel that luck has a way of catching with people. He will probably receive his due sooner or later. I know that’s little comfort for the victims though.

  2. Well, that didn’t take long! What’s it been since he left to “pursue other opportunities” – 10 days? Tough guy, beating up and strangling his girlfriend and destroying her $800 phone. With a $65000 bond his brokeazz is gonna be in jail for a while.
    Question to her: Why did you stick with this thug for 8 years?

    • tunaboat. Adarius Lemons has issues with controlling his emotions and actions. I would not describe him as a “thug”. I would describe him as emotionally unstable at this time in his life, and previously in his life. He needs help, and apparently a lot of help when it comes to respecting authority figures and women in his life, most of which have mentored, help, and loved him. It is a sad story right now. Hopefully, it will have a much better ending or Mr. Lemons.

          • Yea, the PC treatment makes me sick! All this concern for the batterer and not any for the victim. Wheres all the concerning thoughts for the woman and her loss and her injuries and her emotional state after being brutalized?… Crickets!
            Im just so glad he quit the Gators just in time so this cant be connected to our program and lay on us more dirty laundry! It goes without saying that he has an anger problem, but them most batterers do! I have no sympathy for a person who cant control themselves. If he was a child I might agree with you, but he is a MAN. He is past the point of coddling!

      • TampaGator. The man brutalized his long-time girlfriend, smashed her phone, tried to strangle her. If that doesn’t scream “THUG” at you then you are more forgiving and softer than you should be. If you don’t draw a hard line at huge, powerful men beating up and strangling women then you should get some assertiveness training.

        • Tuna, please show me where I did not draw a line concerning assaulting women. In fact, I did. But Lemons is a person with emotional issues that he has trouble controlling. He does not go looking for trouble or to do harm as a “thug” or “bully” does. He reacts emotionally to situations that gets him into trouble. I find it sad that some of you do not get that and just let your emotions rule your thinking, or the lack of it. I dare say that medication could help Lemons function better in society. But I am not a doctor or a psychologist. And Lemons is not a thug. He is actually and generally a nice kid who sometimes loses emotional control. Unfortunately, this time, he let his emotions become physical against a woman. A very serious offense that might lead to jail time.

          • Tampa come on man, you can’t claim people calling him a thug are full of anger and don’t know him when the reality is you don’t know him either. Certainly not enough to be able to justify your side of the argument that he’s a good kid with emotional issues that he can’t control. How are you so sure about that? Or is that just how you view every criminal? Was Aaron Hernandez a good kid with emotional problems he couldn’t control? Not saying what Hernandez did is comparable, I’m just trying to gauge what your threshold is for moving into the thug/criminal category. It’s not like this is his first incident with bad behavior. He’s certainly got a history of problems. If it was your daughter he was beating would you still feel the same way?

          • Joe. I know a lot about Adarius Lemons from his time at CHS and at the secondary school he was required to attend to remain in the Pinellas County School system. And Hernandez was either a sociopath or a psychopath. Adarius is neither. Nor is he a thug. He is, as I have stated, emotionally unhealthy and immature for someone his age. And now, as a result of violent actions due to his emotional issues the other day, he is arrested and facing serious allegations that, if convicted of those allegations, will likely impact negatively his life for a long time. Very sad for the woman he allegedly assaulted. And very disappointed in Lemons, based on all the people who have gone to bat for him and tried so hard to help him be successful academically, athletically, and emotionally. He has let a lot of people down by reverting to old behaviors that caused him so many issues in the past.

    • Jonathan. More likely, it will be the “someone” who helps him. God seems to be busy with the rest of the universe. It is just sad that he did this, as maybe he could have transferred to Michigan and played again for McElwain. Not going to happen now. Not sure if he ever plays football again if convicted of this serious crime against a woman.

  3. The underpinnings of his character likely require a deeply transformative decision to turn around a life in a wasteland. Drugs, rehabs, dismissals, domestic abuse charges of assault, violence and destruction of private property. How would anyone here feel if this young miscreant was my son or yours? Sad.

    As for the University of Florida and the Gator football team, goodbye is too gentle a word to say. Glad he was already gone.

    • Clyde. It is hard for kids to escape the type of environmental and cultural experiences from which Lemons came out of in Clearwater. His emotional scars are deep, and he is fragile emotionally as a result. I am just glad the woman was not more seriously hurt, as Adarius was likely in a very dark place at the time of the incident. Adarius is Adarius’ worst enemy and has been for many years now. I wish he had remained on the team, accepted playing on special teams for now, and worked his way up the depth chart in the future; which he would have done if he had maintained control over his emotions. Now, he is in serious trouble. Sad possible end to what could have become a great athletic and educational story for the troubled young man.

  4. It is fortunate that this happened after he left the team. we surely don’t need any more individuals who have these sorts of issues. And I doubt that he would have been allowed to transfer to another SEC team without waiting out a year, and now perhaps by rule or judgment his career is over. Sad to see a person in a long term relationship using violence, just walk away.

  5. Not to get theological on you, but I believe that the grace of God can help him far more than any person ever could, that said he definitely needs council and mentoring from a real man in his life. What continues to perplex me is why was Mac so quick to cut bait with the current Heisman frontrunner whether he realized what he was doing or not, and refused to offer him a second chance when he kept coddling and enabling the crop of knuckleheads like Lemons and Calloway and others that are still yet to be jettisoned. The only thing that I can come up with is that either he, his dad, or both must have called him out for the incompetent shyster and hypocritical fraud that he was, and infuriated him to the point that he was willing to sabotage his very career by running them off to west BG Virginia!

    • I have no idea what really happened between Mac and Grier, et al, BC. The most frequently repeated version is that the senior Grier “demanded” that his son be “guaranteed” the starting position when he came off suspension. I don’t know if that’s true or not — but what if it is?

      I totally agree with you on God’s grace; it’s available any time he’s ready, perhaps even when he is “least ready”. In the meantime, God can certainly use any number of men in his life to turn him around……good call! It’s never too late to be the man you’re supposed to be.

      • Doc – I’m in agreement with you. It’s like a boss who has two problematic employees. The first subordinate goes to him and informs him of a crime he committed but feels contrite and remorseful. The second subordinate goes to him to make demands with an ultimatum. How do you think the boss will react to each employee?

        At the time of the Grier incident, I felt both sides could and should have found a way to work out the problem. I think egos got the best of them. I still feel the same way.

        • Roger that, Sly — and once that starts, might as well hang up the phone on anything good coming out of it. Interesting to speculate tho, since we’ll never know: One side says Mac would have ruined him anyway, the other side says maybe Mac would still be the head coach. Who the hell really knows, except there are consequences no matter what you do…………(brilliant, eh?)

    • Hindsight’s 20/20. It’s safe to say Mac probably assumed he would’ve found a replacement in the next year and a half that Grier couldn’t play and moved on. Had Franks wound up being the QB everyone thought he’d be when he was recruited, then the Grier outcome wouldn’t have mattered. The fact of the matter is, there’s no way in hell Grier puts up the numbers he is now had he stayed. Mac and or Nuss would’ve ruined him. The thing people aren’t realizing is, you’d have to go back a long ways to find a QB in the WVU system that didn’t put up huge numbers. He wound up choosing the one system that turns even average to below average QBs, and in some cases glorified wr’s moonlighting as QB’s, into stat producing monsters. That offense just magnifies his strengths and wound up being the perfect spot for him. Good for him. Doesn’t change the fact that he absolutely screwed this program for a year and a half with his stupid decision. I don’t blame Mac for letting him go thinking he could replace him. It’s easy to sit here now and be critical seeing how everything played out, but not as easy back then. Especially for a coach that needed immediate offensive results and didn’t have that long to sit around and wait for a great player to become eligible again. We’ve only gotten Grier’s side of the story too. It’s safe to say he’s going to sugarcoat what actually happened and make himself look better so as not to tarnish his image any more than he already did. I highly doubt Mac just pushed him out the door for no reason.

        • You do know Grier admitted publicly that he didn’t run it by the training staff first right? Would you call that a smart decision? Sounds like a pretty stupid one to me. You’ve got to be pretty naive to believe he would make that stupid of a decision without knowing what he was doing. This is a guy that spent basically his whole life being groomed to be a QB. He was trained by private QB coaches, his dad played college football himself and was a HS coach. It’s drilled into these players heads what they can and can not do once they get to college and Grier was way more advanced than most once he got there. Without going into exact details, I will say I’m 100% not worried about slander at all. That would require proving what I’ve said to be untrue. Don’t always believe what you read Daz.

    • BC I’ve wondered the same. While both are wrong one wasn’t violent and if there were no other issues that haven’t been shared I’d have tried to help all of them if they understood what they did was wrong and demonstrated they understood the ramification of repeating or committing another infraction. Teaching to be young men who didn’t have role models.

      • I know that you of all people know what that’s all about, 65. I used to hear that I was spending 90% of my time with 10% of my men. Don’t know that it was that bad, but I never regretted it and I’ll bet you didn’t either. Win some, lose some, but not for a lack of trying.

    • BCGator. McElwain did not “cut bait” with Grier. Grier “cut bait” with Florida and McElwain because he was not given guarantees upon his return from NCAA suspension. But McElwain preferred Del Rio over Grier, and those kinds of decisions and approaches to coaching Florida are why McElwain is now the WR coach at Florida. And Callaway seems to be doing fine in the NFL and in life right now. Good for him. Lemons, not so much good right now and his future does not look to be very bright concerning him playing any more football. Hopefully, he can serve his time, if convicted, and become a better citizen in the future.

  6. how do we CONTINUALLY land in the media for all the wrong reasons. As far as discipline, we are the laughing stock of the conf…. I just do not get it. It’s like we’re paying for the sins and misguided succeses of the past … geez …

  7. I want people to get the help they need but the UF football program should not be in the business of taking extra risks on players and coaches. The guys we have don’t need that and being turned down BY UF is also a message they need.
    So yes that means I prefer Franks to Grier even if Grier is better throwing passes down the field. Frank’s has flaws but with steroids and arguing with coaches that want to win too Grier is a risk that usually doesn’t work. More importantly we as fans need to make it clear we want things done right and I think that works best over time.

  8. Just to be clear, in no way did I mean to imply that I condoned Grier’s behavior or even wanted him back. In fact, after the way that he seemed to bail on the team after he found out that he was suspended told me all that I needed to know about his ” me first ” mentality. I couldn’t agree with Mveal more in that we as fans need to make it clear that we will not tolerate woman beaters and thugs representing our university and if made to choose would rather lose with integrity than win at whatever the cost. We have already suffered enough embarrassment from the urban era and frankly I’m not sure that the Natty’s were worth it. If not for our Golden son TT, I can only imagine what our national perception would be like after the Hernandez and Harvin revelations from that time became public. The HBC proved that you can have it both ways. ( integrity + championships ) I only meant that it struck me as odd that Mac was so ready to give others 2nd , 3rd and 4th chances at redemption while he seemingly ran Grier off when it seemed he sincerely was sorry and wanted to come back..

    • The nattys were most definitely not worth the skidmark that he whose name shall not be mentioned and his merry band of thugs left on the reputation of the university. You are most correct in your assessment that Tebow shielded his coach and many teammates from a potential media sh*t stor. What was going on under he whose name shall not be mentioned was every bit as bad and possibly worse than what went on at Da U under Helmet Hair back in the Canes’ heyday.

    • Grier didnt “bail” on the team! I guess you think he should sacrifice his future for the “team”. Mighty selfish of you! The coach made it clear he had little chance of being the starter again so he did what was best for his future, his livelihood, his career. We will see him on Sundays because of his choice and good for him! Im grateful for what he did give us while he was here. NO player owes this team his career if staying means he sacrifices it!

    • Amen to that, mkf. I don’t know if he’s truly a thug or a punk or not, just that he has acted like one and therefore is not immune to any criticism that may come his way. But let’s not forget the victim of his actions in the meantime, and whether or not she contributed to the situation in any way, I think we all agree that you do not do that to a woman — regardless of how obnoxious or feminist or even crazy she might be herself. That standard has nothing to do with PC, but has everything to do with being a real man, regardless of the culture we currently live in.

      I’ve spent too much time with too many young men even worse than this not to believe that he can become a man if he wants to. Between 32 years in the Army at 11 different ranks between combat arms, combat support, and combat service support, and over 10 years in corrections/forensics at various settings, I’ve seen it all — believe me. No, I don’t feel one bit sorry for him and the PC angle in his situation probably does more harm than good in the long run. But just the same, we should not confuse either prayers for his salvation or empathy for his turn around — after he has received his punishment if convicted — as anything to do with political correctness and everything to do with simply being human.

  9. Well, well, well…… Your attitude after the Kentucky game exemplified what you have become today. I’m keeping it classy. I’m glad you left us. You said you were gonna take your God-given talents to a school that’ll allow you to use them.
    I guess it’ll be the Alachua County Jail. Happy Trails CHUMP.

  10. Jim Mcelwain is the reason Grier left. I was in the dark for a couple of years until I found out the truth. It was Mcelwain and his staff, after the suspension, they didn’t want him back on the team, and Will offered to come back and just practice with the team. Mac showed up 2 hrs late intentionally for a meeting he was supposed to have with Grier and his parents. His dad told him, “They don’t want you here. ” That’s when Grier decided to transfer. Mac showed up 2 hrs late with transfer papers and told Grier “A fresh start somewhere else wouldn’t be bad either. “