The University of Florida Police Department is now seriously pushing the idea of charging the nine suspended Florida Gators Football players.
According to the Alachua County Court records, there were sworn complaint affidavits filed from the UoF Police Department, recommending a whopping 62 felony charges for the players.
A sign of the times where players no longer respect the flag in many parts of the country in the NFL and collegiate players who in most cases would not be accepted into prestigious Universities without their athletic capabilities are now so entitled that they feel as if they can violate the law.
The University of Florida however does deserve extreme praise in this case by actually suspending their players who in turn broke the law, including two of their star players Antonio Callaway and Jordan Scarlett.
In Florida it's crystal clear that no player is above the law even if it sacrifices the season for the team which relies upon the money made from its football program to fund a variety of programs.
One player, true-freshman who plays the position of offensive lineman Kadeem Telford would be facing 30 individual third degree felony charges.
Those charges include 13 counts of use of another person’s credit card without consent, 12 counts of fraud-illegal use of credit card, four counts of possession of a forged instrument and one count for fraud/obtaining property for under $20,000.
In inclusion to Telford; Callaway, Scarlett, junior defensive end Keivonnis Davis, redshirt freshman wide receiver Rick Wells, freshmen linebackers James Houston and Ventrell Miller, and defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones each face two charges that Police have signed affidavits encouraging against them.
Each of those players would be charged for fraud/obtaining property for under $20,000 and one for possession and use of another person’s credit card without consent.
Then there is also charges recommended for redshirt freshman defensive end Jordan Smith, who could be facing up to five charges of his own.
Included in those charges are four counts of using another person’s ID/credit card without consent and one for obtaining property under $20,000.
All of the charges placed against the players are third-degree felonies which would lead to potential prison sentences.
The official police sworn affidavits read as follows:
<blockquote>Fifteen people had credit card information stolen.</blockquote>
<blockquote>Telfort added $1,450 to his UF bookstore account in three installments: $650 on June 26, $500 on July 1 and $300 on July 5. Each transaction came from a different credit card. Telfort also tried to add additional money to the account on June 26 on four other occasions that were denied. Telfort bought three iPads and five $50 gift cards at the bookstore. He also made 12 orders to the food delivery website 352delivery.com.</blockquote>
<blockquote>Callaway added $1,970 to his UF bookstore debit account on July 16. On July 17, he purchased a 13-inch MacBook Pro and gloss black Beats headphones from the bookstore.</blockquote>
<blockquote>Scarlett added $1,940 to the UF bookstore account of another Florida student on July 23. On July 26, he bought a MacBook Pro and rose gold Beats headphones from the bookstore. According to the sworn complaint, the Florida student said she was not aware that her account was used.</blockquote>
<blockquote>Smith added $3,570 to his UF bookstore account in three installments: $1,970 on July 18, $800 on July 28 and $800 on July 31. Each transfer came from a different credit card. Smith also tried to add additional money to the account on eight more occasions between July 24 and July 28 — ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 — but each was denied, according to the complaint. Smith also added $1,450 to his UF Parking and Transportation account from a fourth card, which he used to pay off . Smith bought two 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops at the bookstore along with various headphones.</blockquote>
<blockquote>Miller added $1,970 to his UF bookstore account on July 21. He bought a 13-inch MacBook Pro the same day.</blockquote>
<blockquote>Wells added $875 to his UF bookstore account on June 30 and bought two iPads — valued at $399 each — the same day.</blockquote>
<blockquote>Houston added $550 to his UF bookstore account and bought an iPad.</blockquote>
<blockquote>Desir-Jones added $1,970 to his UF bookstore account on July 21 and bought a 13-inch MacBook Pro.</blockquote>
<blockquote>Davis added $1,600 to his UF bookstore account on July 28 and bought an iPad and BoomStream mini bluetooth speaker.</blockquote>
According to State Attorney Bill Cervone said that while the charges could bring about a sentence of incarceration none of the players are expected to be arrested immediately and many could be eligible for a diversion program.
Coach Jim McElwain hasn't been silent about the suspension of the players and how it's affected his football team either.
McElwain said that he was not aware that the sworn complaints had been filed but said, “I’m sure we will be when I get back. You’re asking me something I don’t even know about.”
When asked if the felony charges change anything, he said “Darn right. Know this, I really care about those guys,” McElwain said.
“We’re going to do right by them. Obviously we sit down as a staff, as an administration, obviously the university first,” said the Coach.
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