The first negative controversy of new coach Willie Taggart’s Florida State tenure is underway, as quarterback Deondre Francois is being investigated in a domestic violence incident overnight Wednesday, according to Tallahassee.com.
FSU's Deondre Francois investigated in domestic violence incident https://t.co/8sOIPbo8DJ
— Tallahassee Democrat (@TDOnline) January 24, 2018
The incident in question occurred early Wednesday morning and Tallahassee.com has multiple sources confirming that the Tallahassee police responded to a domestic battery call involving the Florida State quarterback at 12:35 a.m.
From their story and the TPD four page report:
“Francois and a woman, who told him she was pregnant with his child, got into an argument at a home on South Lipona Drive at about 6 p.m.
Francois, who called police, said the woman started to break things inside the house and tried to rip a TV off the wall during the argument….
Francois said he grabbed the woman in a hug in an attempt to keep her from breaking items in the apartment and the cut on her arm came from a vase she’d broken during the fight. he said the woman had told him she was pregnant but had not provided paperwork to prove it
Due to conflicting statements and lack of an independent witness, officers did not make an arrest.”
This afternoon, the Orlando Sentinel has this update on the status of the investigation:
FSU QB Deondre Francois is not being further investigated by Tallahassee Police for his role in incident with pregnant girlfriend. TPD was unable to establish probable cause, and the case is now inactive. https://t.co/TKzFVWSoK1 pic.twitter.com/piNUNsTsBQ
— Orlando Sentinel-FSU (@osfsu) January 24, 2018
The Sentinel says that the investigation is considered “inactive” because of the conflicting statements. Those include, FSU running back Zaqaundre White, who was at the apartment with Francois late Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.
White also told officers that the woman had locked her self in Francois’ room and had begun to damage items in the room. So, Francois kicked the door in and tried to stop her.
The Leon County State Attorney Jack Campbell, now says there will not be any charges due to the conflicting statements by the witnesses. He told the Sentinel Wednesday afternoon, “Based on the evidence as we understand it and with the conclusions made by the Tallahassee Police Department, I’m in agreement with TPD with insufficient evidence to charge Deondre Francois.”
Francois was the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2016 when he started every game for the Seminoles, as a redshirt freshman. He suffered a season ending knee injury in last season’s opener against eventual national champion Alabama and was replaced by true freshman James Blackman.
Blackman led the Seminoles to a 7-6 season and their dominating Independence Bowl victory in December over Southern Mississippi.
It was expected that Taggart would have a decision to make at signal caller between Francois and Blackman this spring, but now it’s apparent that Taggart’s next big move will be how he handles his first real controversy at the helm of the Seminoles.
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