Ex-Gators running back Adarius Lemons jailed on domestic battery complaint

Published September 27
Updated September 27

Former Florida Gators and Clearwater High running back Adarius Lemons was in the Alachua County Jail on Thursday morning on a felony complaint of domestic battery stemming from a fight with his longtime girlfriend.

Lemons, 21, and Ronisha McLeod were arguing late Friday evening at her Gainesville apartment when Lemons – upset over a social media message – slammed McLeod's phone and caused it to shatter, according to a sworn complaint.

Lemons then slammed her into a wall and bed. McLeod's foot hit a railing, causing a toenail to rip off and bleed, according to the complaint.

The incident continued in a hallway, where Lemons put his hands around and caused her to "get on her toes." McLeod couldn't breathe, and Lemons eventually released her, according to the complaint.

The report, signed by a Gainesville Police Department officer, lists two witnesses who said they saw Lemons choking her against the wall. It also lists McLeod's injuries as a cut upper lip, a bloodied toe, a scratched forearm, a cut pinky and redness on her left elbow.

A warrant for Lemons' arrest was issued Monday, and he was in custody Thursday morning on one felony complaint (domestic battery by strangulation) and two misdemeanors (battery and criminal mischief property damage. Bond is set at $65,000.

Lemons, listed in court records as an Oldsmar resident, made national headlines earlier this month when he announced his departure from the Gators less than an hour after their historic loss to Kentucky. Lemons said he became disruptive while expressing his frustration during coach Dan Mullen's postgame address to the team, and Lemons was asked to leave the locker room.

He has previously admitted to having marijuana issues in high school and college.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Lemons averaged 7.2 yards on 19 carries last year but struggled to crack the running back rotation as a sophomore. He was, however, UF's starting kickoff returner before he left the program.

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