Chauncey Gardner takes exception with Vol flag planted on Steve Spurrier statue

Heading into the Florida Gators matchup with Tennessee this weekend a picture surfaced and made the rounds on Twitter of a Tennessee Volunteer flag planted on Steve Spurrier’s statue commemorating his Heisman Trophy.

It’s unclear as to when the picture was taken, but posting it during the lead in to the rivalry game got the attention of at least one Gator player. Chauncey Gardner tweeted a response but has since deleted. Gardner was asked on Wednesday about the picture and tweet.

“I don’t know about other guys, but me, it’s a sign of disrespect,” he said. “Even though a fan did it, that’s something that you don’t do regardless of it’s a rivalry. That’s our property. You can’t come and vandalize what we’ve earned, what we did. It’s crazy.”

This type of thing is not new to Volunteer fans. A fan tweeted this photo in 2016 outside Bryant-Denny Stadium on Nick Saban’s statue.

Florida lost to Tennessee for the first time in 11 years, blowing a 21-3 lead at halftime. The Gators and Volunteers will play again this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS in Gainesville.

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Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC