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Joiner practiced; state attorney's office will investigate case

GAINESVILLE -- Embattled senior safety Tony Joiner practiced on Wednesday, one day after being arrested for allegedly attempting to commit burglary. Joiner was arrested on Tuesday morning after he entered a tow truck company's impound yard illegally and then drove his girlfriend's car off the lot.

Joiner was shielded from the media by assistant sports information director Zach Higbee after practice. The strong safety did not answer questions. Florida coach Urban Meyer said that Joiner was stripped of his title as co-captain. Meyer did not say whether or not Joiner will play against LSU on Saturday night.

Defensive tackle Javier Estopinan said that Joiner addressed the team before practice and apologized for causing a distraction.

A side note to this story: I spoke with the state attorney's office today and the chief investigator told me that an assigned prosecutor will indeed look into the second-degree felony charge for which Joiner stands accused.

The state attorney's office will receive the case by the end of the week or the beginning of next week and will then begin interviewing the witnesses and combing through the facts of the case. (Keep in mind, the infamous Stan Forron, leaseholder of the land where Watson's Towing and Recovery is located, is not a witness/victim in the case.) This could take up to 30 days, according to Spencer Mann, chief investigator of the state attorney's office, eighth judicial district.

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As,a Miami fan and parent, I'd like to put my 2 cents worth into the mixture. I think the State Attorney, Mr. Cervone in this case should resolve this case today and not 30 days from now, if it takes 30 days to decide this case, he should be fired immedately and never allowed to run for a public office again ! According to the owner of the towing co. Jointer had made arrangement to pick up the car, but was late and the owner's employee had gone on break, the gates were not locked and were slightly open. and the owner said it was all a misunderstanding and the kid should have never been arrested ... and would not file charges...so, why are they wasteing our tax dollars on this case where there is no criminal intent...if the gates are open, where is the breaking and entering, when arrangements had been made ... at a strech it maybe trespassing but breaking and entering , give me a break believe, me I'm no gator fan ... but if this were mine or your child ...I know you would be upset very angry ... as am I ... gator fan or not ... we should all be concerned over this ...Is this going to be like the DUKE case and their States Attorney office ...

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