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Police say Florida Gators' Ronnie Wilson involved in fight

GAINESVILLE — Florida OL Ronnie Wilson was suspended from the team because of his reported involvement in a fight in Gainesville, hours after a victory at Arkansas on Oct. 4.

A sworn complaint has been filed against Wilson, charging him with one count of assault and one count of battery (both misdemeanors), in an incident that happened about 3:30 a.m. Oct. 5.

According to a Gainesville Police Department incident report, Wilson became involved in a "verbal altercation over a female at a birthday party," which was at the Lexington Crossing apartments in Gainesville. Wilson is accused of hitting a man with a closed fist while at the party.

Wilson then followed the man outside and confronted him in a breezeway near the apartment where the incident began, the report says. Wilson tried to punch the same person again but instead hit a second woman as she tried to step in between them; she suffered a broken wrist. Wilson then tried to hit a third person who came to help the others. According to the report, the third person said he "was in fear for his safety due to the size of the defendant."

Wilson, listed as 6 feet 3 and 309 pounds on the UF roster, was identified in a photo lineup by the three people involved, the report says. A fourth person, who was not involved in the fight, identified him.

Wilson, a reserve on the 2006 national championship team, was suspended all of 2007 after firing an assault rifle into the air during a fight in which he said he had been followed from a nightclub and feared for his safety. He was placed on probation for two years and given 100 hours of community service. Court records indicate the probation was terminated in April after a judge ruled he had fulfilled his obligations.

After paying for his classes in the spring and summer semesters, Wilson was allowed to rejoin the team in August, but coach Urban Meyer said there was little room for error with him.

Meyer has acknowledged that Wilson is not practicing with the team, but his status is uncertain.

Epps out for season: DT Troy Epps will miss the rest of the season after surgery to repair a torn knee ligament. Epps, a junior college transfer who played in five games, tore his right ACL in practice two weeks ago. He had surgery late last week. Epps came to UF in January after two years at Coffeyville Junior College in Kansas.

Haden honored: Sophomore CB Joe Haden was named SEC defensive player of the week. He was the Gators' leading tackler with 10 (seven solo), had a pass deflection and returned an interception 88 yards early in the third quarter to set up a touchdown in a victory over Georgia.

Kickoff in limbo: Television networks have been granted the six-day selection option for the Nov. 15 games, so kickoff time for South Carolina at Florida won't be decided until after this weekend's games. UF's options: 3:30 p.m. on CBS, 7:45 on ESPN or 12:30 on Ch. 38.

Moody's return: Emmanuel Moody had a short, but effective, performance against Georgia. The USC transfer has battled an ankle injury for several games. He had seven carries for 71 yards late in the game and ran toward the locker room after Sunday night's practice — signs the ankle is feeling better.

"I know he's talented," Meyer said. "I just want to see energy and toughness. The score was 49 to whatever it was (Saturday) and he's jumping up and down. He's what we thought he would be. He'll have more impact now. He's just been hurt. You saw it was coming last week and then you saw it in the game and you saw it Sunday at practice."

Antonya English can be reached at english@sptimes.com.

Police say Florida Gators' Ronnie Wilson involved in fight 11/03/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 3, 2008 11:03pm]
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