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Gators DT Gary Brown dismissed from team



Gary brown Florida has dismissed redshirt freshman DT Gary Brown from the team, following his arrest early Sunday morning on two misdemeanor counts of battery stemming from an incident at an off-campus party.

Brown, who did not see action for the Gators in 2009, is accused of striking a woman in the face with his open hand as she attempted to get people to leave a party at a Gainesville apartment complex. When another woman tried to intervene, she was allegedly scratched by Brown as he tried to slap her arms away, police reports state.

On Monday, Florida athletic officials said he had been suspended from all team activities, but as of today he is no longer a part of the team.

"Gary Brown has had a history during his time here of not meeting a set of expectations we have for the student athletes in our football program and therefore he is no longer part of our program,'' said Steve McClain, UF associate athletic director of communications.

Brown, 19, was expected to be a promising star for the Gators; he was the No. 2 defensive tackle in the nation coming out of high school last year.

Both alleged victims have filed sworn complaints against Brown.

He was released on his own recognizance Monday following a court appearance, and ordered not to have contact with the alleged victims.

Brown was the 27th reported arrest for the Gators under UF head coach Urban Meyer.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:41pm]


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