Warrant issued for ex-Bulls QB Matt Grothe
An arrest warrant has been issued in Hillsborough County on former USF QB Matt Grothe, charged with felony battery in the wake of a December incident at his residence in Odessa.
The charge comes with a $2,000 bond, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office records. Grothe, 29, wasn't aware of the warrant when reached Tuesday morning by the Tampa Bay Times, but said he spoke to police about the incident "a while back."
A sworn criminal affidavit indicates that around 4 a.m. on Dec. 19, Grothe "actually and intentionally" struck a male victim (whose name is redacted), causing great bodily harm. Grothe struck the victim on the left side of the face with his right fist, causing a fractured nose, broken tooth, and lip and mouth lacerations, according to the affidavit.
Deemed undersized (by quarterback standards) coming out of Lake Gibson High, Grothe rapidly endeared himself to the fan base with his fortitude and fleetness. The 2006 Big East Rookie of the Year, he remains USF's No. 4 all-time rusher (2,206 yards) and No. 2 passer (8,669).