Another day and another controversy surfaced for the Gators. This time multiple Florida football players are facing student code of conduct violations for their part in a confrontation with a known Gainesville Gambler.
The story involves at least seven Gators football players including tight end C’yontai Lewis, wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland (above) and backup QB Emory Jones and an incident that occurred on the night of May 28 of this year. That incident included between 10-15 people in a loud argument that started over gambling losses on Florida football games.
EXCLUSIVE: UF football players face student conduct violations for on-campus confrontation with weapons involving a reported Gainesville-area gambler, according to report https://t.co/IUPBBSND2V pic.twitter.com/1kjGH3CRsJ
— First Coast News (@FCN2go) July 26, 2018
As the item details, known Gainesville gambler, 21 year old Devante Zachery (who also goes by the name “Tay Bang”) came to confront several of the players outside the Keys dorm on campus after having lost money betting on Florida to win. And according to the University Police report filed from that night:
A witness called 911 in reference to a suspicious person. The witness said he saw 10 people arguing and believed they had guns. The witness added, “the weapons resemble assault rifles.”
The scene was captured on surveillance and cell phone video, the 17-page incident report states. The video shows “about 10–15 individuals, holding what appeared to be weapons,” according to the report.
It turns out what looked like assault rifles, were actually toy “airsoft” rifles. Several of the Gators were holding objects like a baseball bat, a rock and a frying pan, also according the report.
Witnesses did take some brief cellphone video and while it shows part of the confrontation, things never escalated into violence or worse.
The other Gator players involved are receivers Rick Wells, Kadarius Toney, tight end Kemore Gamble and defensive tackle Kyree Campbell.
Ultimately there have been no criminal charges filed, but the code of conduct violations could result in possible suspension or even as harsh as expulsion.
University Police did issue a “no trespass” citation for the campus to Zachery for the next three years, which means he can be arrested for just returning.
The University had no comment Wednesday night on the breaking news.
This report comes on the heels of star freshman recruit Justin Watkins being arrested and charged with multiple felonies from a domestic violence allegation last Friday night. Watkins has already been suspended indefinitely by coach Dan Mullen for the charges.
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