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Joiner arrested; A bizarre and conflicting story follows

Joiner20mug GAINESVILLE -- Florida senior safety Tony Joiner was arrested early Tuesday morning for allegedly breaking into a towing service's compound and attempting to steal his girlfriend's car. Joiner was charged with burglary of a dwelling, a second-degree felony.

So, what should Florida coach Urban Meyer do about it? Should Meyer:

A) Kick Joiner off the team.

B) Forget about it and let Joiner start against LSU.

C) Suspend Joiner for the LSU game.

D) Suspend Joiner for a few quarters.

E) Commend Joiner for his chivalry.

The correct answer might be 'B.' Before you freak out, let me explain. I called the towing company that called the cops on Joiner and was referred to Stan Forron, the property owner where the towing company is located. Forron told me that Joiner was not trying to steal the car. Forron said that Joiner had called the company earlier in the morning about picking up the car.

Forron's story: The towing service employee on duty at the time had stepped away from his station when Joiner arrived. Joiner pushed opened the gate, which Forron said he unlocked, and Joiner drove the car out of the impound yard. Joiner then closed the gate and was confronted by the towing service's dispatcher, who had already called the police.

Joiner intended to pay for the tow ($76) and the towing company's dispatchers even asked the police not to arrest Joiner, according to Forron. Forron said the police declined and the arrest was made.

"It seems odd that they would arrest him and charge him with a felony," said Forron. "He wasn't trying to steal the car and people steal cars from the lot 15 to 30 times a year and I've never seen anyone arrested for it. We're not pressing charges. He paid us. It's just a miscommunication."

This whole bizarre story seems a little odd. Forron's account of the incident makes it sound like Joiner did nothing wrong. Of course, he did. After all, Joiner did get charged with a felony. Will it stick? We shall see. Joiner was charged with a felony, according to Gainesville PIO Lt. Keith Kameg, because the football player was attempting to take a car from the impound yard that was not his.

Citing the arrest report, Kameg also said that Forron was not at the scene when the police arrived.

"There's no mention of any owner being at the scene," Kameg said. "The employees that were there did not ask for a complaint withdrawal. If we got to a scene and the people that made the call ask for a complaint withdrawal then the charges are usually dropped."

Forron said that "the [dispatchers] didn't know I was there."

-jo-

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Stop being a fan and have a little bit of ethics in journalism. So if I walk into a store and the clerk is taking to long, I can just grab what I need and walk out? That's a joke.

Joiner needs to be suspended indefintely especially if the charge is a felony.

This is just one incident in a string of black eyes over the past year. We have seen drug arrests, gun being shot off, and now burglary under Urban's watch. But I guess you can overlook it if the team is winning NCs.

Joe,

Maybe you're overreacting, just like the Gainesville police department? Maybe you're right? Who knows at this point. Joiner was not trying to steal the car, according to the towing service's property owner. The police obviously thought differently.

It's easy to post a comment about journalism ethics, but the fact of the matter is I called the towing company and they said it was a miscommunication. Whether that's true or not, who knows? But that's their story.

-jo-

sounds like the property owner is a true gator fan and understands yalls D is the weak link. he knows it would not do the team any good to be without their senior saftey against no. 1 LSU, so he fabricated a story to get him off. fans will allow players, well maybe just starters, to steal the shirt off their backs. in any case oscar meyer has to take some action since whatever happened the police saw fit to charge him with a felony.

Is Forron even the owner of Watson's Towing? ESPN is reporting that he leases the property to Watson's. If thats true, he has absolutley no interest in this case.

Joe,

I wrote that Forron is the property owner. When you call Watson's Towing and Recovery, Forron is the guy the towing service minions tell you to call.

-jo-

As coach Bowden says, "boys will be boys".

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