Florida State setting up quarterback Deondre Francois has been dismissed from the team following a domestic dispute surfaced on social media Saturday evening.
The university introduced a assertion from head mentor Willie Taggart Sunday afternoon announcing Francois’ departure.
“Last evening, I educated Deondre Francois that he is no for a longer time a member of the Florida State football system,” Taggart stated in the assertion. “As we establish a new tradition and foundation for FSU football, we have significant expectations for all of our pupil-athletes and we will not shy absent from those people significant expectations of conduct. We are going ahead as a system.”
A lady who identified herself as Francois’ girlfriend posted video on Instagram that appeared to capture Francois finding into a actual physical altercation with her. In the video, a gals shouts for the male to end hitting her in the face and the male refuses.
The concept accompanying the video browse:
“I normally really don’t place my organization on ig, but I am weary of my name currently being drug via the mud considering the fact that the starting, I have been silent. For 2 yrs I have been in a domestic predicament with [Francois]. I imagined I beloved him and imagined he could alter for the improved but it has gotten even worse. I misplaced my first kid since of all of the beating and I put up with from post Partum depression. This predicament is taking a toll on my everyday living. Certainly, I stayed following that since I was stupid and blinded by really like.
“This isn’t really like. You are a coward and this isn’t proper. Just since you are who you are that does not give you the proper to place your fingers on a lady ever!!!”
The Orlando Sentinel has not been equipped to verify the video bundled Francois and was posted by his girlfriend. The concept and video have been deleted from Instagram, but not right before they were captured by other social-media customers and circulated greatly on Twitter.
Francois was concerned in a domestic dispute previous January, but he did not face any expenses and the university did not announce any disciplinary action. The 2018 incident transpired at Francois’ off-campus apartment. Francois called 911 to report a lady was tearing up his apartment and refused to go away. When interviewed by police, the lady and Francois available various statements. He argued he was attacked and did not strike the lady for the duration of an argument. A 3rd bash, who also was a member of the FSU football team, was present and supported Francois’ account.
The lady, who instructed police she was nine months pregnant, stated she did not want Francois to get in “trouble, problems.” But she did want the police to speak with Francois to “scare him a minor,” according to an incident report.
The officer was unable to create possible lead to to make an arrest for aggravated battery “based on conflicting statements and deficiency of an independent witness,” according to an incident report acquired by the Orlando Sentinel.
Four months later on, Francois was cited for marijuana possession in the apartment he shared with his girlfriend. He was underneath surveillance by the Tallahassee Police Section foremost up to the arrest since a suggestion led police to imagine Francois might be dealing marijuana. When police executed a research warrant, they uncovered he had just 17 grams of marijuana along with drug paraphernalia. He was authorized to enter a diversion system for first-time offenders.
Taggart stated he spoke extensively with Francois about his behavior and the need to reside up to higher expectations going ahead. He declined to share any aspects about self-discipline Francois faced within the football system.
“Deondre knows he wants to be improved at final decision generating, and he also knows he wants to do a fantastic career of who he’s all around, and what he’s all around,” Taggart stated of Francois a 7 days following the marijuana citation.
“He understands the expectation, and I feel he’ll reside up to it.”
Francois, a former Orlando Olympia Substantial standout, was the Seminoles’ setting up quarterback for most of the 2018 period, for the duration of which the team concluded 5-7. During 11 commences this past period, Francois concluded 226 of 396 passes for 2,719 yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
During his 25-sport career at FSU, he concluded 57.9 p.c of his 829 passes for a overall of 6,279 yards, 36 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.
Backup quarterback James Blackman had viewed as transferring following losing the setting up career to Francois, but he is still a member of the FSU football team and will enter spring football practice as the Seminoles’ projected starter. Blackman started off most of the 2017 period following Francois was hurt for the duration of the opener and led the Seminoles to a 7-6 complete for the duration of former mentor Jimbo Fisher’s tumultuous closing period in Tallahassee.
Previous Louisville backup Jordan Travis transferred to FSU for the duration of the offseason, giving the Seminoles a bit of depth at the quarterback position.
Travis appeared in three video games in 2018, versus Indiana State, Ga Tech and Boston Faculty. His finest statistical exhibiting for the duration of that shorter stint was versus Ga Tech, when he concluded 4 of his nine passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.