GAINESVILLE -- So, I get back from covering the Daytona 500 and, guess what, another Florida Gators football player has been arrested. Defensive tackle Gary Brown this time. The 19-year-old redshirt freshman was busted in Alachua County on Sunday morning for allegedly slapping one woman and scratching another.
[PICTURED, Gators defensive tackle Gary Brown modeling the Florida football team's alternate home jersey.]
The violence happened at a party. Apparently two women asked people to leave and Brown's inner idiot expressed itself. Brown was booked in Alachua County jail on two counts of misdemeanor battery. The charges will likely be reduced, spring practice begins March 17 and yada, yada, yada. Alabama steamrolled Florida's rush defense in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
Brown was released from jail on Monday. Acting UF football coach Steve Addazio suspended Brown from team activities. UF coach Urban Meyer is currently taking a medical leave of absence.
By official count, this is the 12,374th arrest of a Florida football player in the last year. An official count of the Gators' arrest total during the Urban Meyer era is not available simply because the only people who can count that high are currently working to fix the space station and the global economy.
Florida coach Urban Meyer is pretty smart but he made a mistake a few years ago by setting moral standards for his football players and then making those standards public. One of Meyer's tenets of coaching, one of the University of Florida football team's reason for being, according to Meyer, is to treat women with respect. Should be interesting to see how Meyer disciplines Brown. Meanwhile, Meyer has one more reason to throw up his hands and quit coaching all together.