A second member of the Florida Gators’ 2007 team has been charged with murder.
Former UF safety and team captain Tony Joiner faces a second-degree murder charge from the 2016 death of his wife, Heyzel Obando, according to the Fort Myers News-Press. The paper reported that Joiner was previously arrested twice on complaints that he beat Obando.
The 33-year-old Joiner was booked in the Polk County jail on Saturday, according to jail records.
Joiner appeared in 47 games with 27 starts for UF from 2004-07. He led UF defensive backs with 59 tackles during the 2006 national championship run, and he recorded a tackle and pass breakup in the win over Ohio State in the BCS title game.
He was the captain of the ’07 team that also featured Aaron Hernandez, who became a star tight end who was convicted of murder in 2015. He killed himself in jail two years later.
Joiner’s arrest is the latest off-field mark on Urban Meyer’s tenure in Gainesville. His time at UF included two national championships but more than two dozen arrests and now a second former player charged with murder.