Battery charges against Brian Edwards dropped

Brian Edwards name has been cleared.

Misdemeanor battery charges have been dropped due to insufficient evidence, according to Alachua County court records.

On May 6 police responded to an alleged dispute called in by a witness. Edwards allegedly forcefully held his girlfriend against her will in an apartment by grabbing her by the neck.

The State Attorney’s office decided not to pursue charges when Edwards’ girlfriend told investigators a criminal act did not occur. Furthermore the witness that called in the initial dispute gave inconsistent statements to investigators, according to Cervone.

Edwards issued a plea of not guilty prior to the State Attorney’s office decision on Friday.

Edwards has played in 18 games during his career, mostly on special teams. Freshman Chris Steele took reps away from Edwards in the spring but has since transferred to USC. Edwards has been removed from team activities since May as the investigation took place. There may be additional in-house punishment from Dan Mullen who said he wanted to “gather all the facts” before making a decision when asked about it earlier in the summer.

With the battery charges dismissed, however, Edwards will be allowed to get back with the team as they continue working out with Nick Savage and prepare for the start of fall camp.

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