A battery case against former Florida Gators defensive tackle Caleb Brantley has been dismissed.
Brantley, a sixth-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in last month’s NFL Draft, had been previously accused of punching a woman and knocking her unconscious on April 13 during an argument outside of a Gainesville, Fla., bar.
Because of the ongoing investigation at the time, Brantley, originally thought to be a second-round pick, dropped to the later rounds.
The State Attorney’s office concluded that there was not enough evidence to charge Brantley, according to a media release. Testimonies from the alleged victim and other witnesses on her behalf contradicted one another, while a neutral witness supported Brantley’s version of what occurred, as did witnesses who spoke on behalf of Brantley.
From the State Attorney’s Office:
“In essence, the facts suggest that the alleged victim’s friends engaged Brantley in an unpleasant verbal exchange, during which the alleged victim began to physically punch or assault Brantley, causing him to shove her away. It is legally clear that under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law Brantley had the legal right to defend himself by pushing away someone who was punching and assaulting him. While it may not be popularly approved of or morally appropriate, that the alleged victim is a female of smaller stature than he does not change that.”
Brantley and the Cleveland Browns issued a statement:
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Amy Osteryoung, Brantley’s attorney, also released a statement regarding the decision.
“It is obvious that the State Attorney’s Office did a thorough investigation into this case. It should be equally apparent that we agree with his decision.
I spoke with Mr. Brantley and he is both relieved and thankful this investigation has concluded. He is looking forward to beginning the next chapter in his life with the Cleveland Browns.”