NFL draft: Would you take Florida Gators' Caleb Brantley?
Barring an unexpected development, the Caleb Brantley investigation will not be over by the time the second day of the NFL draft begins this evening. The State Attorney's Office is still looking into a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from an April 13 fight.
Brantley was a second-team all-SEC player at Florida. Most draft analysts projected him as a second-round pick before the incident, and Brantley's attorney, Huntley Johnson, said a half dozen teams have called him about Brantley since then (and are still interested in the former Florida Gator).
So you're the general manager of an NFL team in need of a defensive tackle. Do you take Brantley, even though he is accused of punching a woman in the face?
Here's what you know:
You've read the first Gainesville Police Department report, which calls Brantley the victim in the fight. It says the woman, Chelsea Austin, punched him, so he pushed her out of his way. It also says Austin had a cut on her lip and blood around a tooth.
You've also read the second GPD report, which says Brantley struck Austin in the face and knocked her unconscious.
You've read the statement from his attorney which says he touched her face because of a reflex action, after she punched him. And you've read his attorney's comments that Austin's legal team asked to settle the case (an offer Brantley refused).
You've read the statement from her attorney, which says she is undergoing "extensive medical treatment" as a result of her injuries.
And you've heard about a sworn affidavit from a security guard who said Brantley pushed her away but did not knock her out, or to the ground.
What do you do? Would you draft him tonight?