Sophomore TE A.C. Leonard arrested

Florida tight end A.C. Leonard was arrested Wednesday night and charged with simple domestic battery, according to an arrest report obtained by the Gainesville Sun.

The sophomore was booked into the Alachua County Jail at 9:35 p.m. and was later released on his own recognizance Thursday morning. According to the police report, Leonard allegedly shoved a woman he lives with to the ground and she hit her head on a dog cage. The incident occurred after a verbal dispute between Leonard and the woman.

According to the report, Leonard told officers, “I never hit her. I just wanted her to leave.”

Leonard, who’s from Jacksonville, caught eight passes for 99 yards this past season. He’s the 10th Gators player arrested since Will Muschamp took over the program.

“Coach Muschamp is currently traveling and unavailable, but he will address the matter later today,” a UF spokesman said.

Arrests under Will Muschamp
Date Player Arrest
January 9, 2011 Kedric Johnson Marijuana
January 22, 2011 Janoris Jenkins Marijuana
January 29, 2011 Chris Martin Marijuana
April 23, 2011 Janoris Jenkins Marijuana
May 25, 2011 Pop Saunders Marijuana
July 24, 2011 Matt Elam Underage Drinking
September 12, 2011 Dee Finley Resisting Arrest
September 14, 2011 Marcus Roberson Underage Drinking
January 10, 2012 Leon Orr Marijuana
February 15, 2012 A.C. Leonard Domestic Battery
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