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Jaguars DE Fowler arrested in St. Petersburg

Roy Cummings



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The Jaguars almost made it through what is easily the most nervous time for NFL teams without anyone getting their names in the news for the wrong reasons.


Everyone’s hope that the Jags would report to camp with no lingering outside issues distracting them were dashed late Tuesday when defensive end Dante Fowler was arrested in St. Petersburg.

Fowler was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of simple battery and mischief at 9:02 p.m. and released at 1:43 a.m., according to a report in the Tampa Bay Times.

The arrest, the first of a Jaguars player since linebacker Dan Skuta was arrested last summer in Orlando but never charged with a crime, comes a week before the Jaguars are slated to report to camp.

A former Lakewood High and University of Florida Gators standout, Fowler is entering his third season with the Jaguars after recording 32 tackles and four sacks last season.

According to the police report, the incident began around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when a man walking in the Trellis area of the Lakes apartments made a comment about the way Fowler was driving through the complex.

Fowler stopped, became involved in an exchange of words with the man and then hit him, knocking off the man’s glasses. Fowler then stepped on the glasses, according to the report.

Fowler then took a bag of groceries from the man and threw it into the lake. Neither the victim nor Fowler was hurt, according to the report, and Fowler was released after posting a $650 bond.


Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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