Another college football player from a sunshine state powerhouse is in trouble with the law and this time the biggest surprise is that he doesn’t play for the Florida State Seminoles. Deiondre Porter, a freshman defensive back for the UF Gators will miss this weekend’s big game against the sixth ranked LSU Tigers after going off the chain and discharging a firearm in the vicinity of his pregnant girlfriend. The school has suspended Porter only days after star quarterback Will Grier was shelved due to a drug policy violation. It’s been a tough week in Gainesville but were it not for rules and laws both dudes would be on the field Saturday where they would be cheered by legions of adoring orange and blue clad fans.
The Miami Herald reports on young Porter in the story “Florida Gators’ Deiondre Porter suspended after arrest for alleged gun incident”:
Eighth-ranked Florida can add another distraction to the list before its pivotal matchup against No. 6 LSU on Saturday night.
After starting quarterback Will Grier was suspended Monday for violating the NCAA’s performance-enhancing drugs policy, Gators cornerback and special teams ace Deiondre Porter was suspended indefinitely following Wednesday’s arrest for allegedly firing a gun at his pregnant girlfriend of two years.
Porter, a 19-year-old redshirt freshman, is currently being held in Alachua County Jail on $160,000 bond and faces four felony charges, including aggravated battery, and two charges for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. He also faces one second-degree misdemeanor, according to court records.
According to the police incident report, on Sept. 29 at around 2:15 a.m., Porter angrily confronted his girlfriend, who he knew was 10 weeks pregnant at the time, over a potential relationship with a teammate. Porter accused his girlfriend of cheating, following her into a bedroom, pointing a gun at her head and “demanding she tell the truth.”
The victim maintained her innocence and made numerous failed attempts to contact the alleged teammate to prove she had not been romantically involved with anyone else.
Per the report, Porter and his girlfriend eventually went to sleep in separate rooms, but the next morning Porter continued yelling at the victim, growing further agitated. He then fired a handgun in the victim’s direction, with the bullet “striking the wall where she was leaning,” according to the police report.
It used to be that the bulk of the athletes who ended up getting in legal trouble were those who were professionals but with the huge amounts of money at stake in the nation’s college programs – especially the really big ones – times have changed. Porter may be looking for a new place to hang his cleats and helmet but the incident definitely shows that he has what it takes to eventually make it to the National Thug League.