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Gainesville State Attorney files battery charge against A.C. Leonard



GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville State Attorney's Office has filed a misdemeanor battery charge against Florida sophomore tight end A.C. Leonard, one day after Gators' head coach Will Muschamp announced that Leonard has been allowed to return to practice.

An arraignment date is pending, and the possibility exists the case could still be settled. Leonard was suspended indefinitely in February following his arrest for simple battery. He has been practicing with the team this week.
"After a six-week suspension from team activities, A.C. Leonard has been cleared to return to practice only,'' Muschamp said Wednesday."He still has a lot of things to work through before his status for the fall is addressed.''
Leonard was arrested after he and his live-in girlfriend allegedly got into an argument which escalated, and ultimately led to her being grabbed by both feet, dragged from the apartment and locked out, accoring to police reports.
Muschamp said at the time "this behavior will not be tolerated" and Leonard was suspended. He said the day before spring practice began earlier this month that Leonard was working through some measures in an attempt to return to the team, but that he had "zero timetable" for Leonard's return.

It is unclear at this point whether Muschamp will allow Leonard to play in the April 7th spring game with legal charges still pending. Leonard is the 10th arrest for the Gators since Muschamp took over in January 2011.
Leonard had eight receptions for 99 yards this past season, and is expected to be the No. 2 tight end for the Gators behind Jordan Reed.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 29, 2012 8:06pm]


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