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Police: No charges against FSU’s Deondre Francois in domestic violence investigation

Police cite "conflicting statements" between QB and girlfriend who says she's pregnant.
Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois is reportedly being investigated in an allegation of domestic violence. [ TIMES FILE ]
Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois is reportedly being investigated in an allegation of domestic violence. [ TIMES FILE ]
Published Jan. 24, 2018
Updated Jan. 25, 2018

Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois will not be charged in connection with a domestic violence investigation involving his pregnant girlfriend because of "conflicting statements and no independent witnesses," Tallahassee police said Wednesday.

Francois called the Tallahassee Police Department to the couple's residence early Tuesday evening.

His girlfriend, Diamond Lindsey, 23, told police that Francois was upset because another man tried to talk to her. Lindsey said Francois broke a door, picked her up, threw her to the ground and cut her forearm "while trying to drag her out of the house," the police report said.

Lindsey said she is nine weeks pregnant with Francois' child, the report said, telling police she did not want Francois to get in "trouble, trouble" but wanted authorities to scare him. She also said Francois smoked marijuana recently.

Francois and a teammate told police a different story.

Francois, 20, said Lindsey started the argument, the report said, throwing a vase across the room and trying to pull a television off the wall.

Francois said he tried to carry her "like a hug" outside so she wouldn't break anything else, the report said. Francois also said Lindsey ripped her shirt and vowed to call police to make a domestic violence complaint. He also said he doubted whether Lindsey is pregnant because she is "known to make up lies," the report said.

FSU running back Zaquandre White corroborated many details of Francois' story, the report said. He told police Lindsey swung at Francois and said she would make a domestic violence complaint to police.

Officer Tri Dinh wrote there was not probable cause for an arrest due to "conflicting statements and lack of independent witnesses." Police closed the case Wednesday without filing charges.

Francois started every game as a redshirt freshman in 2016. The Orlando native led all freshmen nationally with 3,350 passing yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He started the 2017 season opener but missed the rest of the season after tearing his patellar tendon late in the 24-7 loss to Alabama. Freshman James Blackman started in his absence.

The two are expected to compete for the starting job this spring.

The Tallahassee Democrat first reported the domestic violence investigation.

Contact Matt Baker at mbaker@tampabay.com. Follow @MBakerTBTimes.

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