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CB Rickerson arrested for felony battery, strangulation; kicked off team

GAINESVILLE -- UF reserve cornerback Jacques Rickerson was arrested at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday morning for allegedly strangling his girlfriend, according to Gainesville police. The charge, domestic battery by strangulation, is a felony.

The University of Florida wasted little time on Tuesday morning distancing itself from Rickerson. In an offical statement, UF coach Urban Meyer said Rickerson has been kicked off the football team.

"Jacques Rickerson is no longer part of our team -- that is not what our program is about," Meyer said in an official statement. "My focus and our team's focus is with the players who are part of the program and preparing for the Vanderbilt game."

RickersonAccording to an arrest report, an argument between Rickerson [PICTURED] and his girlfriend escalated when Rickerson was asked to leave the woman's residence. Rickerson hit the woman on the side of the face, according to the report, and then choked her. When the victim screamed, Rickerson's chokehold strengthened, according to the report, and he then put a pillow over the victim's face.

When Rickerson released the woman, she tried to escape but Rickerson blocked the door, according to the report. Rickerson also took her cell phone because she said she was going to call police. Police officers reported injuries to the woman's arm, neck and upper chest.

Rickerson was held at the Alachua County jail on Tuesday morning and no bond had been set.

WILSON'S THIRD STRIKE
Ronnie Wilson is in trouble again. This latest incident might be his last as a Gator.

According to a sworn complaint filed in Gainesville, Wilson punched two people early Sunday morning after the Gators win against Arkansas. Wilson received his first playing time since 2006 against Arkansas. He faces two misdemeanor charges of assault and battery.

According to the complaint, Wilson caused a stir at a birthday day party in a Gainesville apartment when he assaulted a man and then, moments later, went after the victim again outside the apartment. During the second altercation, the sworn complaint states that Wilson swung at his first victim but missed and instead hit a female victim, who was trying to intervene.

Wilson has been suspended from the team, according to Florida coach Urban Meyer, while he "takes care of some business."

Wilson, of course, is the Pompano Beach Blanche Ely alum who discharged a firearm (AK-47) after an altercation at a Gainesville nightclub in 2007. Wilson was suspended from the university for a year and returned to school in January after successfully completing his community service. In Jan. he was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana but that charge was dropped by Alachua County while his was on probation for the gun charge.

Should Wilson get a third chance? (He won't return phone calls, by the way.) Love to hear from a few people since so many chimed in earlier this season when the marijuana arrest became public.

-jo-

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