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.