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Gators freshmen Matt Elam and Solomon Patton arrested for possession of alcohol

GAINESVILLE -- Two freshmen on the University of Florida football team were arrested over the summer for possession of alcohol under the age of 21, the Miami Herald has learned.

Freshman safety Matt Elam was arrested on July 2 and freshman receiver Solomon Patton was arrested on Aug. 1. Elam was charged with a first-degree misdemeanor after being arrested for allegedly possessing a can of carbonated malt liquor in the parking lot of a bank on NW 1st Street in Gainesville, according to the arresting officer. Elam was seen holding a 23.5 ounce can of Four Loko, according to the officer.

Elam pleaded no contest on July 21 and was ordered to pay a fine. The case is still open, according to Alachua County records, because Elam attempted to pay the fine with a personal check. The $121 personal check -- subject field "open container ticket" -- was returned to Elam's residence in Riviera Beach along with a letter from Alachua County requesting the fine be paid in cash or by money order. Elam has until Oct. 27 to pay the fine, according to records.

Elam received public recognition from UF coach Urban Meyer on Thursday for being a leader of the freshman class. A strong safety by trade, Elam has also practiced at nickel back during the preseason and could receive playing time at the position in the Gators' season opener on Sept. 4 against Miami (Ohio). Elam will not be suspended for the season opener, according to Florida assistant coach Chuck Heater, who coaches the team's safeties.

Patton was arrested at Plasma Lounge in downtown Gainesville and charged with a second-degree misdemeanor for allegedly possessing a drink containing vodka. According to the arresting officer, Patton attempted to "pass the cup off" upon sight of a law enforcement officer. Patton received deferred prosecution on Aug. 18.

Patton's status for the season opener has not been determined.

-jo-

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Honest question for you Joe... Do you enjoy covering the Gators cause EVERYTHING you write about has a negative feel to it...

College students drinking???? Wow! That is some unbelievable stuff. What will you report next? Jacory Harris throws INT's in practice?

Wait this isn't breaking news, this happened like 3 months ago. Joe, you must be in a drunken stupor. At least you are of age though.

Ok I'm gonna go out with my girlfriend tonight.

two arrests prior to the start of the season and Elam is not suspended for even one game. some things stay the same....

This is one of the reasons that I hate media, they immediately go for the worst possible angle.

Meh.

If you want to become a top notch reporter covering major cromes you may want to follow The "U"

Oh come on ex you can say they're criminals when they batter women, get caught with drugs, or use a dead person's credit card, but this is just college kid's stuff. Not a big deal. So you never drank when you were in college, oh right you didn't go to college.

I am a Canes fan, and I must say these Cops are IDIOTS!!!!!! Why do they blemish these kids records for something so dumb. If they were behind the wheel I understand. They should really ease up. Hopefully next time they drink at a house party.

Jo--

It is one week until kickoff and this is the best thing you have to come up with???

Couldn't you have been in a tree snapping pictures of practice?

Heck, you could have wrote a story that you found out that 3 guys on the Gator team, 2 years ago, had premarital relations with females.

Amazing!


This is story someone writes about when they are in the middle of summer with no football in site and they have nothing really to say. Not 1 week away from kickoff!

I'm a Canes fan as well...and I think the cops should chill....what do they expect? On the flip side...I think it's possible Meyer has no control over his team. Again....the wheels have ALL come off the wagon with this one....like I said yesterday...I'm actually starting to feel sorry for you all.

Major cromes??
Joe P stay in Pincrest puss. Couldnt afford Old Cutler Rd property huh??

Guess plasma gonna loose the liquor license
over da gaturds new 5 stars.
what a contribution meyers BOYS do for Gainesville

I hate the Gators, their fans and their slimy coach with every fiber of my being, but this is ridiculously minor and barely even newsworthy. I bet 5,000 18 and 19 year-olds get arrested for the same thing today, and I bet 99% of the people reading this drank alcohol before they were 21.

Make both guys run some stadium steps after practice and be done with it. Move along, folks, nothing to see here.

Hilarious!

Thanks to the high number of Gators driving drunk, the cops are now saving lives by catching them drunk BEFORE they get behind the wheel. I bet Ashley Slonina wishes they would have done that sooner. Both her AND her Hornsby infested credit rating would be better off for it.

And of COURSE the gator trolls come out to attack the messenger. Yes, the offenses were older, but the Herald only found out about them now. The Gator Misinforation Department chose to sweep it under the rug. Two days ago, you guys praised Joe for being a solid investigative reporter, now all of a sudden you want to rip him for doing his JOB? Wow.

31 and 32, (or is that 33 and 34?) and the hits just keep on coming!

"Elam is a leader of the freshmen" LOL! Guy is UNDERAGE and legally cannot drink at all, but he figures Urban won't punish him even if he is caught. Looks like he is right.

The Gator wheels are coming off, and that is a good thing because the driver is likely drunk.


Honest question for you Joe... Do you enjoy covering the Gators cause EVERYTHING you write about has a negative feel to it...

Posted by: Miles | August 27, 2010 at 05:31 PM
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Yes, of course I enjoy covering the Gators. I'm going to have to disagree with your comment about the "negative feel." That's simply not true. I'm a reporter. I get paid to break news.

-jo-

BIG NEWS! College kids and underrage drinking...LOL. I'm sure they don't do this at UM or FSU either.

Wait a minute guys, you are telling me that underage football players in a national program get popped for drinking under age and that's not news worthy. Really?!?....really. why isn't the urban liar not making his players accountable? This is the real problem with college football.

They pay you for this?? Please tell me this is not your full time job...

Wow so much hate on Jo. The guy just reports the news. Come on guys it is his job.

Jo,

Answer this question honestly: Did you drink before you were 21?

Yes/No?


I broke my nose THE FIRST TIME at a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert when I was 15. Does that answer your question?

-jo-

Why hasnt urbin punished these kids & set an example, thats what a leader does. not some1 who's just paddin his resume 4 his next job...

I'm sure both these kids will learn their lesson.

Typical Turd responces. If it was so pathetic it would be funny. Notice how every time ANOTHER one of their criminal athletes gets booked and Jo reports it, the next minute comes the wave of pushback from the Turd faithful. "how dare you write this"..."you're no reporter" and similar BS as if HE was at fault. Then they slip into the reverse guilt strategy "it's not as if you never drank under 21" or my favorite, the old attempt to deflect the reality by trying to implicate another team/players that are clean and uninvolved "why don't you go cover the Canes and major crimes".

Are you shyting me? You F'ing losers. Your program is out of control and the inmates have taken over the prison from the warden. 30+ arrests isn't enough to hit your dumb head with a 2x4? You are the scum of the earth and more repulsive than your characterless coach and thug players. The NCAA should shut your ass down...now...before someone else gets killed. And if they do, which is a matter of time, don't steal their frickin credit cards this time.

I broke my nose THE FIRST TIME at a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert when I was 15. Does that answer your question?

-jo-

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Were you wearing Jorts, or cutoff denim shorts?

http://www.gatortailgating.com/content/the-real-story-behind-gators-wear-jean-shorts

I know for a fact Jacory Harris ran out on a MAJOR restaurant tab a few months back. The stiffed waiter went to the UM Athletic Department and they paid the tab - no cops involved. These Canes fans are a piece of work thinking their team has a clean nose. Jacory is THUG through and through.

Soldy, a SLIGHT touch of sarcasm in that Lynyrd Skynyrd comment.

-jo-

I think the Miami fans need to keep in mind that they live in a city with some pretty serious violent crime and murder problems that I'm sure require their attention a lot more than whether or not college kids are being college kids. Gainesville police aren't exactly burdened the same way, and get to focus on the only thing in Gainesville... college kids. I suspect that if Miami police ran up on UM players drinking (or worse), they wouldn't even bother to investigate... probably just tell them to take it indoors, or call that lying Randy chick or another coach to come get them.

I lived near UM for 20 years and went to school at UF, and I can tell you first hand that cops in Miami don't waste time with underage drinking in a parking lot or a kid holding a red cup with some vodka in it. I agree that Gainesville cops HATE the students and get them for anything and everything under the sun - riding bikes on the wrong side of the sidewalk, jaywalking, etc - they are no breaks in Gainesville because it is a sloooow workshift for cops on most days. To some extent, it is too bad because if UF were in Miami, their arrests would be cut down by 80% and Carlos Dunlap would have been secretly driven home last year....

Ahhhhhhhhh, getting FACED at Monty's @ 18 back in '82 ...


I lived near UM for 20 years and went to school at UF, and I can tell you first hand that cops in Miami don't waste time with underage drinking in a parking lot or a kid holding a red cup with some vodka in it. I agree that Gainesville cops HATE the students and get them for anything and everything under the sun - riding bikes on the wrong side of the sidewalk, jaywalking, etc - they are no breaks in Gainesville because it is a sloooow workshift for cops on most days. To some extent, it is too bad because if UF were in Miami, their arrests would be cut down by 80% and Carlos Dunlap would have been secretly driven home last year....

Posted by: Chaka Chan | August 28, 2010 at 01:06 AM
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This is a quality post. Cops in G'ville are the worst. Always busting college kids but did they ever find the guy who stole my bike? Hell no!

-jo-

Don't hate on poor Jo--he's just doing his job. You'd accuse him of a coverup if he didn't report it, right? And do we KNOW that Meyer isn't punishing these boys? Just because they're not benched doesn't mean they're not running stairs or being "punished" some other way (aside from the obvious punishment of having a criminal record!).

But I'm with you, Jo, on GPD--I was pulled over twice the day after my tag expired last year. Literally the next day--TWICE. Keeping drunk kids off the streets? Good plan. But GPD definitely likes to go overboard.

To all the above post, INCLUDING the one by Jo, STOP MAKING EXCUSES for your football team and trying to divert the blame to OTHERS. Police im Miami DON'T overlook violation of laws and Coral Gables police are as strict as they come. You may convince us to look the other way one, twice...maybe 3 times, but 30+? You folks need to wake up and get real...you've got a problem in Gville.

I can only imagine what you're breatheren would be writing if it WAS UM or FSU in your place...hypocrites.

THIS is a quality post Jo...the other was a case of typical Turd excuses for bad behavior.

Joe not saying i dont believe in your reporting or anything but why are you the ONLY news person reporting this and why did it take so LONG for these kinds of things to be reported. . .when i first saw your tweet earlier today i thought this was something that occured recently. . .then i checked other news sites all over the state of florida and saw noone else reporting this. . .finding this odd i finally come to your post. . .so what gives? why is no one else reporting this and why has it taken so long for these two things to go public?

Very disapointing. Very dumb to be in the public with a drink. But I would have been arrested like 10 times if the law was like that when I was there, and I dont even drink. But these guys have to be smarter and unwind out of the public eye. Thats just the way it is.

I confirmed this report, but it is a non-story. Jo you are just stirring up crap. I guess you can take the Jo out of the hood, but cant take the hood out of the Jo. The cane in you is showing.

you're breatheren

Posted by: I'd be ashamed to call myself a Turd, but hey, it must be Jo's fault, right? | August 28, 2010 at 03:20 AM

This whole thing is out of control. The NCAA needs to step in and take the power away from the coaches and universities. Some schools kick players off the team and some brush it under the rug. It should be a uniform system of punishment for crimes not just violations. It is ok for students to talk to prospective employers before they graduate but not players. And the NCAA thinks that is the biggest problem in college football but the behavior of these kids is. I understand kids will be kids but just let them know that if you break the law you will be punished. And make it the same if you play girls soccer or run a 4.2 fourty and score 15 touchdowns a year. Then if they commit the crimes they have no one to blame but themselves for the way they blew their chance.

This just in:

Several Gators caught running with scissors while crossing the street (NOT at an intersection). They then went home and cut the tags off of their mattresses with said scissors.


I know for a fact Jacory Harris ran out on a MAJOR restaurant tab a few months back. The stiffed waiter went to the UM Athletic Department and they paid the tab - no cops involved. These Canes fans are a piece of work thinking their team has a clean nose. Jacory is THUG through and through.

Posted by: gatorgab | August 27, 2010 at 11:37 PM

That is the biggest crock of crap I've ever heard! The school benched Marve for a year for breaking a car mirror, but Jacory was allowed to slide for a "dine and dash"?

Hate all you want Gator Fans, but UM is once again leading the pack, and the flavor of the day is a clean program filled with quality student athletes. I GUARANTEE that UF and FSU will fall in line with this concept once they see the rewards that UM reaps.


why is no one else reporting this and why has it taken so long for these two things to go public?

Posted by: ufpride83 | August 28, 2010 at 03:24 AM
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Why is no one else reporting this? Probably because it was a Friday.

Why so long for these to go public? I can't speak for any other reporters but I was either covering the oil spill or on vacation for most of the summer. Friday was the first time I checked up on all the players' arrest records since the beginning of May.

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I confirmed this report, but it is a non-story. Jo you are just stirring up crap. I guess you can take the Jo out of the hood, but cant take the hood out of the Jo. The cane in you is showing.

Posted by: Gator John In Pinecrest-Lovin It! | August 28, 2010 at 05:38 AM
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OK, so I find something out. Am I supposed to A: Turn my head and cover it up OR B: report it? Not a very tough decision for someone in my line of work. Johh, I didn't double major in journalism and English, work my way up from the bottom at a bunch of obscure papers for little money, and then pay my dues at the Herald just so I can cover up news on the Gators beat. Seriously, come on.

-jo-

No control Urban Liar, once again the Thugs at U Felony are running amuck.
"Elam received public recognition from UF coach Urban Meyer on Thursday for being a leader of the freshman class"
What a complete joke of a program, relevant for 4 years and now back to irrelevance.
Welcome to the State of MIAMI once again.


I told you, Bull John is a Turd with orange & blue blinders...what else do you expect? And to the guy thinking this was the only site reporting it...WRONG! I saw it first on the Sun Sentinel under the UF tab, then checked out the Herald to see if Jo had the balls to report likewise. To my amazement (sorry Jo, but you are a stone cold homer), he did...kudos my man. The reason it surfaced now was that it was caught up in legal proceedings by the kid trying to pay the fine by check instead of cash or money order. Blame HIM for bringing the attention to himself by doing, yet again, another stupid thing.

To all you ex-gangbanger Turds out there, and yes you too Bull John, the fact that you acted like an idiot when you weren't pulling Social Security doesn't condone some new Turd doing it. The law is the law Chief, and the sooner you and everyone on your FU team realizes it, the sooner your bad image will go away.

For now though, why don't just you.

This info was just posted today on the Gainsville Sun Blogs,so even the local fish wrapper in Trailerville just broke the story.
What a joke and they are also covering up the fact that 2 players have walked and many more are not happy, UF coaches say " We have hoard of Blue Chippers and that creates a very competative environment this kids arent used to" What a complete joke.
The wheels have fallen off the bus Gayturds.

Jo, can you do us a favor and just not publish a response with "Gayturd" in it?
Thirty years ago there would have been some bad pun using the N word. It's just today's ignorant slander, and you should be ashamed to dissiminate it.

My pre-diction is this is Meyer's last season with the Gators. They will lose at least 4 games...probably have more arrests....and...I truly feel the powers that be will want a change. How is this guy able to sit in front of parents of potential recruits with a straight face? And then...you dont have the nerve to punish an incoming freshman for breaking the rules? People...if there is ANYTIME to punish these recruits it's now....when they are still young...but no....wait till he is a senior and does the same thing the week of a big game...that a boy!!

Didn't the "chaotic" situation that Urban fomented back in January still land the number 1 recruiting class in the nation?

Jo,

You do a fine job. Any current news on UF is appreciated.

GO GATORS

Didn't the "chaotic" situation that Urban fomented back in January still land the number 1 recruiting class in the nation?

Posted by: Haters keep dreaming your wet dreams
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Win at "all cost"...the Turd Nation motto


Jo, can you do us a favor and just not publish a response with "Gayturd" in it?
Thirty years ago there would have been some bad pun using the N word. It's just today's ignorant slander, and you should be ashamed to dissiminate it.

Posted by: miggs | August 28, 2010 at 11:25 AM
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I fully agree. Folks, could we please stop doing this. I'm not here to be a blog cop, so please be respectful.

-jo-

My pre-diction is this is Meyer's last season with the Gators. -joe

U also predicted emphatically that Urban was a lock for Notre Dame. And u also are an enormous ass clown.

delete the "gaytor" comments a couple of times and the troll will vanish

bloody credit cards is acceptable though.

How about a similar admonishment to the gutter mouth Turd boy who proudly post this type body of work....
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. I know for a fact they sell out their big games like when FSU and VT come callin'. -"gator4ever"

yeah right azzwipe. UM has NEVER come close to selling out that concrete warehouse. Nice angle for you to hang out in here in drag.

40-45k???? that's just like the Marlins drawing 15k on a weeknight ..."reported"

We all know YOU(scum fan) don't draw crap because your stadium blows, your team blows, your coach blows, and most importantly...YOU BLOW.

got jump back on manny the chinstraps sak...LOSER

"gators4ever" = sarasota SCUMBAG in drag

this blog owns your brain chump. Plus, you're football program suks asss


Posted by: Now bring my piss bucket BOy

ALL this stuff is offense...don't be a homer Jo (any more than you already are)...bad language should be banned/stricken no matter whom generates it, Turd or Cane fans...agreed?

Gator John, you won't be "Lovin' it!" when your beloved team is put on a USC style probation. And your rant the other day about why the kids left practice was complete shyt. That's what you hope is the reason and not the reason itself.

If you cannot see that UF's arrests are a huge problem, then it's because you don't want to see them that way. These programs are built to win, not to last. Eventually all the crap that is swept under the rug becomes too much to hide. The coach will quit, then the NCAA comes in, and the whole process starts again.

Meyer seems to be the most unstable coach in the country. Not on the success side, but on the emotional side, as in bi-polar. He won't last 2 more years of UF fan's unrealistic expectations. You all were made for each other!

And the beat goes on.....two more Gators arrested.

I guess the Alachua County Detention center is open for business again on the University of Felons campus in Gainesville. Hey it's a new season, what do you think the over/under is for Gator arrests this year? I'm sure Vegas has a line on it.

These two Gators can't be too smart, drinking in public where they are going to be noticed.

Yeah the upper 1% I get it!

Gator John, you won't be "Lovin' it!" when your beloved team is put on a USC style probation. And your rant the other day about why the kids left practice was complete shyt. That's what you hope is the reason and not the reason itself.

If you cannot see that UF's arrests are a huge problem, then it's because you don't want to see them that way. These programs are built to win, not to last. Eventually all the crap that is swept under the rug becomes too much to hide. The coach will quit, then the NCAA comes in, and the whole process starts again.

Meyer seems to be the most unstable coach in the country. Not on the success side, but on the emotional side, as in bi-polar. He won't last 2 more years of UF fan's unrealistic expectations. You all were made for each other!

Posted by: Arty (With Soldy's blessing!)
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You neglected to mention his typical cheap shot about Miami too...

"Jo you are just stirring up crap. I guess you can take the Jo out of the hood, but cant take the hood out of the Jo. The cane in you is showing."

Posted by: Gator John In Pinecrest-Lovin It!
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Punk likes to hide behind his pearly gates Pinecrest neighborhood (doubt he lives there) drinking KoolAid that Gville doesn't have "hood" associations. Got new for you Bull Johnny, Gville IS the 'hood...just call the warden at Alachua County Prison System and ask him for a head count of Turd ballers.

Read more: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gator_clause/2010/08/gators-freshmen-matt-elam-and-solomon-patton-arrested-for-possession-of-alcohol.html#ixzz0xvHTuVij

You may want to learn to read and write. After that, consider knowing what you are talking about. Next, get some real teams to cheer for...the Canes and Fins are from long ago which means you must be also.....

Seems some UM fans are upset about the type of coach Urban is: "They were made for each other, or the like" Yes sir, winners win. Whiners do what they do.


"gators4ever" = sarasota SCUMBAG in drag

this blog owns your brain chump. Plus, you're football program suks asss

??????????????????????????????????????????????

Gators4ever?????????? But I thought I was canesrule? And you're in my head???? What a kook!

Go 'canes!

You may want to learn to read and write. After that, consider knowing what you are talking about. Next, get some real teams to cheer for...the Canes and Fins are from long ago which means you must be also.....

Posted by: Paul | August 28, 2010 at 01:37 PM

Seems some UM fans are upset about the type of coach Urban is: "They were made for each other, or the like" Yes sir, winners win. Whiners do what they do.

Posted by: Paul

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And criminals get arrested tool...get it? So stop sticking your head in the sand Paulie Boy and you take a remedial reading & writing course. First assignment: the law and recourse for breaking it.

How's the job search goin Sarasota? Nothin cookin on a saturday huh?


How's the job search goin Sarasota? Nothin cookin on a saturday huh?

Posted by: u know more about the gators than u do about the has been canes.....The FLOP...BOOOOHOOOO... | August 28, 2010 at 02:20 PM

Cuckoo...cuckoo...cuckoo

Go 'canes!

U Felony at it again. Gayturds cant face the facts, 4 years and now your program will fall like a rock. No Tim Tissue to save Urban Cryer from losing it this year. Good thing the Septic Tank under Ben Hill Griffin was fixed or the games were going to be played in the local Trailer Park.

32...33...oh yea the guy arrested a couple of weeks ago for Battery....34...

So, you guys accept the sicko comments by the racist Curse Piggy, you accept the homophobic comments directed at the President of the University of Miami by "Fake Donna Shalala", but now that some Canes fans have finally started bringing retribution, you suddenly want blog policing, a cleanup of comments, and deletion of those you disagree with?

Take the beam from thine own eye before you worry the mote in mine.

God Bless The USA!

lol - UGA players arrested on these charges make the AJC headlines the next day and then miss at least one game.

You guys sweep this mostly under the rug and then get pissed when a little bit finally comes out. The top 1% of the top 1% get arrested all the time down there, and yet Urban never punishes them.

Bloody Credit Card.......would do you know about Ashley Slonina's credit rating???? She was a vibrant young lady. I know this because I knew her. Don't ever speak ill of her. You didn't, don't and never will know how special she was.

I don't like the fact that players get a slap on the wrist, but apparently that's the way things are. I just wish the NCAA would step in to make this change.

Good luck to the Gators this season!

Hard to tell which Cane is writing what, but one must figure it is an old sad guy. Saw something with turd and tool in it above. It is unlikely an actual UM graduate would be so uneducated..must be a serial blogger.

Meyer will never crack down on his players that break the law. How can these guys not at least miss the first game???

These are under-aged college athletes.. Don't you idiots see that they should at least be punished for breaking the rules? Not praised and given "Leadership" awards.. Most others school will suspend them for a game plus others punishments.. They were 18yr old freshman.. You morons.. Urban would let anything slide for a win.. If they aren't punished for this at that age what else will he let them get away with? This is a bad example to set.. Yes college kids will drink but yes they should all suffer the consequences..I'm not going to even mention that these kids should be positive role models..

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