Florida Condition dismissed starting off quarterback Deondre Francois from the staff Saturday night soon just after he was accused of domestic violence in an unattractive social media article.
“Final evening, I knowledgeable Deondre Francois that he is no for a longer time a member of the Florida Condition football application,” coach Willie Taggart claimed in a assertion Sunday afternoon. “As we establish a new culture and foundation for FSU Football, we have substantial expectations for all of our pupil-athletes and we will not shy away from those substantial specifications of conduct. We are transferring ahead as a application.”
And transferring ahead usually means transferring on from Francois, the talented but troubled Orlando indigenous.
The turning position seemingly came Saturday evening with an Instagram article that claimed to doc a struggle amongst Francois and his then-girlfriend. The video clip did not clearly show the altercation or both personal, but it picked up the audio.
“Stop hitting me in my (expletive) experience,” a woman claimed in the article.
“I never give a (expletive)…” the gentleman responded. “I’m likely to strike you in your experience just about every (expletive) time. Toss some thing else.”
The description of the article alleges that the woman experienced been in “a domestic circumstance” with Francois for two many years. It’s unclear when the video clip was shot, and it was deleted later on Saturday night.
It was not the first time Francois was accused of domestic violence. Final January, Tallahassee police investigated a dispute with his girlfriend, who instructed police she was expecting. The woman accused Francois of picking her up, throwing her to the ground and cutting her arm “even though attempting to drag her out of the property,” according to the police report.
Francois, who referred to as the police, claimed the woman begun the argument and was destroying issues in the residence. He instructed police he tried using to have her “like a hug” outside to stop her from breaking anything else.
The Tallahassee Police Office closed the situation with out earning an arrest due to the fact of “conflicting statements and no unbiased witnesses.”
There were being no Leon County court docket documents on-line Sunday afternoon pertaining to Francois.
Francois took FSU’s starting off work in 2016, when he led all freshmen nationally with 3,350 passing yards. He accomplished 58.8 % of his passes for 20 touchdowns and 7 interceptions during that redshirt freshman season and led the ‘Noles to the Orange Bowl.
The previous blue-chip recruit suffered a season-ending injury in the 2017 opener prior to regaining the starting off work final year. His numbers (15 touchdowns, 12 interceptions) fell as FSU faltered to a 5-7 season — its worst considering that 1976.
Final month, Francois chose to return to FSU for a fifth season alternatively of pursuing a graduate transfer or entering the NFL draft.
Francois isn’t really the first FSU quarterback to have important off-subject issues — a critical rationale why the ‘Noles have minor depth at the game’s most critical position.
From 2012-16, four of FSU’s 7 quarterback signees were being both suspended or dismissed: Jameis Winston, who was accused but under no circumstances arrested just after a sexual assault investigation, attained a a person-video game suspension for vulgar feedback in 2014 De’Andre Johnson was booted from the application just after punching a woman at a bar and blue-chip recruit Malik Henry was suspended for violating staff policies in 2016 (he later on transferred).
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