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Looks like Deondre Francois is innocent

Ari Russell



(USA Today - John David Mercer)

It didn’t take long for more details to emerge from the story earlier in the week involving FSU QB Deondre Francois and his girlfriend Diamond Lindsey. Francois was being investigated for domestic violence after an incident with his girlfriend.  As it turns out Francois looks like the innocent party in this entire ordeal.

According to the actual police report and 911 call it was Francois who called police because Lindsey was in his house breaking several items and being violent. He decided to call police as a precautionary measure to make sure that the situation didn’t spiral out of control and also so that he wouldn’t be getting in trouble.

Here’s the 9-11 cal:

As you can hear for yourself, Francois is explaining to the dispatcher exactly what is going on. He doesn’t really know the next steps.

The Orlando Sentinel has more:

FSU running back Zaqaundre White was in Francois’ apartment during the incident. White told police the woman began breaking glasses, a vase, and she tried to break a television before locking herself in Francois’ room.

White also said Francois only touched the woman when he tried to remove her from the apartment and defending himself when she swung at him.

Now the skepticism around the Tallahassee police department is warranted considering their history of allowing the football players to live with impunity. They have handled players in the past with kid gloves including Jameis Winston and Dalvin Cook. Francois obviously one of the biggest names in the program would easily draw folks to conclude that he may have indeed did something wrong.

That said this story from what we have in front of us right now will likely go away. Francois was accused of smoking marijuana by Lindsey as previously mentioned, but that part of the story seems to be irrelevant at this point.

The reason why I’m drawing this conclusion that Francois is innocent is because of the simple fact that he was the one who called police and the police confirmed that there was damage to the things he said were damaged on the call. Also the fact that Lindsey stated that she wanted to scare Francois and not get him in any real trouble.

This time around the local authorities seemed to be playing it straight, however the skepticism is well warranted considering the track record.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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