Jaguars’ Dante Fowler faces probation on battery, theft charges

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler dives after the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of an NFL football game, Dec. 3, 2017, in Jacksonville. [Associated Press]
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler dives after the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of an NFL football game, Dec. 3, 2017, in Jacksonville. [Associated Press]
Published March 2 2018
Updated March 2 2018

Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler, the former Lakewood High and Gators star, will avoid jail time in resolving the three misdemeanor charges from his arrest in St. Petersburg in July.

Fowler, 23, pleaded no contest Thursday to charges of battery, petit theft and criminal mischief, and was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 12 months of probation, 75 hours of community service and $2,575 in fines and court costs. He can have no contact with the victim as part of the sentencing.

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Fowler, who helped the Jaguars to the AFC Championship Game this past season, was arrested in July after an altercation in an apartment complex. A St. Petersburg man had commented on his driving, and Fowler got out of his car, exchanged words with the man, then "hit the hit the man, knocked his glasses off and stepped on them," according to the arrest report.

He then "took the victim's grocery bag, with recently purchased liquor, and threw it in a lake," the report said. The man wasn't injured, police said.

Fowler, who still could face discipline from the NFL for his arrest,  had 21 tackles and eight sacks in 2017 in helping the Jaguars to a breakout season and their first playoff appearance in 10 years.

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