Gators' tight end A.C. Leonard becomes Florida's 10th arrest under Will Muschamp
Alcorus "A.C." Leonard, a Florida freshman tight end from Jacksonville, was released on his own recognizance Thursday morning following his arrest Wednesday night on a domestic battery charge.
According to a University Police Department report, Leonard and his live-in girlfriend got into an argument early Wednesday evening, which resulted in her being shoved by Leonard in the chest and neck area, causing her to fall to the ground and hit her head on a nearby dog cage.
After Leonard reportedly told the woman to leave, he allegedly followed her into a bedroom as she gathered her belongings. He then grabbed by her hair, attempted to drag her out of the apartment, the police report states. According to the report, when she resisted, he grabbed her by both feet, dragged her from the apartment and locked her out. The two have been dating for about 17 months.
When police arrived, they said the woman had a large red abrasion on her left forearm and a quarter-sized abrasion on the right elbow - marks officers stated were consistent with being dragged on carpet. The woman told police he ripped out several pieces of her hair and broke the necklace around her neck.
After he was read his rights, Leonard refused to comment, but later said to police: "I never hit her, I just wanted her to leave.''
Leonard, who had eight receptions for 99 yards this past season, is the 10th arrest for the Gators since Florida coach Will Muschamp took over the program in January 2011.
Leonard has been suspended from the team.
"This behavior will not will be tolerated and A.C. has been suspended from team activities at this time,'' Muschamp said. "I certainly don't condone this type of behavior - it is not what we expect from the University of Florida football program."