Controversy continues for new USF head coach Charlie Strong’s first off season, as yet another Bull has been arrested. Senior tight end Adrian Palmore became the third player taken into custody in the last three months, when he was arrested on Monday night for using a credit card fraudulently at a Tampa restaurant.
Palmore, who only played in one game in 2016 after transferring from an Arizona Western Junior College, was arrested at a North Tampa International House of Pancakes after apparently trying to use the credit card to pay his bill.
As the story on the Tampa Bay Times website indicates, Palmore is charged with two misdemeanors for the use of the card and was released on $750 bail Tuesday. His arrest doesn’t rise to the level of the two previous felony arrests involving USF players this spring.
Defensive back Hassan Childs was arrested on felony charges in March from a road rage incident, where he had a gun, apparently was the aggressor and ended up, actually being shot himself. Childs was dismissed from the team shortly after.
The second arrest involved defensive lineman LaDarrius Jackson, who is charged with multiple felonies in connection with two different sexual assualt accusations in May. He was also removed from the Bulls program.
The arrest and bail hearing of Jackson drew national attention when the female judge in the case, also a USF alum, took aim figuratively at Strong not having control of his players and program.
Hillsborough County Judge Margaret Taylor drew criticism everywhere for her stance and comments and removed herself from Jackson’s case the next day. She later had a private meeting with Strong, where they were able to “clear the air” and talk about the perception of the program and the future.
Strong and USF came away satisfied with that discussion.
Now, another arrest (again, albeit for something less serious than the first two) this week has Strong and the Bulls back in the news for the wrong reasons.