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Gators defensive back Brian Edwards arrested for battery

University of Florida defensive back Brian Edwards warms up before the Florida Gators game against Michigan in the Peach Bowl / Gator Country photo by David Bowie

Florida Gators junior defensive back Brian Edwards was arrested on a battery charge Monday night in Gainesville.

According to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report Edwards and his girlfriend of “approximately two years” got into an argument and the woman attempted to leave. In an effort to keep her from leaving Edwards allegedly grabbed her by the neck. The victim had marks on her neck and a scratch on her shoulder according to the report. There was one witness to the incident who intervened in an effort to stop the argument and then called 911. Edwards was arrested and booked for simple battery, a misdemeanor charge in the state of Florida.

Edwards is the second Gator to make bad headlines off the field in a week’s time. Florida quarterback Jalon Jones was accused of, but not formally charged, with two counts of sexual assault back in April, but the complaint was released April 29.

Edwards is a junior from Miramar, Florida. He appeared in 10 games as a freshman in 2017. Edwards played in eight games as a sophomore in 2018 mainly on special teams and as a reserve defensive back.

Edwards is currently in custody.