Gators redshirt freshman defensive back and special teams playmaker Deiondre Porter has been suspended indefinitely.
Porter was booked into the Alachua County Jail at 11:19 a.m. on Wednesday after being charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor for aggravated assault, according to Alachua County Court records. Porter is being held on $160,000 bond.
Florida announced Porter’s suspension with a tweet Wednesday and coach Jim McElwain addressed the story during the SEC coaches teleconference.
“He’s no longer with the football team,” McElwain said. “He’s suspended indefinitely for obviously a choice. It was his choice not to be with us. It’s one of those things that we obviously don’t condone.”
The list of charges include one charge of aggravated battery (second-degree felony), two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent (third-degree felony), and one charge of firing a weapon into a dwelling (second-degree felony). Porter was also charged with property damage of less than $200, which is a second-degree misdemeanor.
The charges are connected to an incident on Sept. 29 that involved Porter confronting his pregnant girlfriend about being “involved with one of his teammates” at about 2:15 a.m., according to a Gainesville Police report. Porter proceeded to hold a handgun to his girlfriend’s head, demanding she tell the truth regarding his claim.
After the victim’s numerous attempts to contact the teammate to disprove Porter’s claim went unanswered, Porter and the victim went to sleep in the her apartment with the victim sleeping in the living room and Porter sleeping in her bedroom.
Later at 7:15 a.m. that same day, Porter began yelling at his girlfriend “about her being involved with his teammates” and fired a handgun in her direction with the bullet striking the wall where she was leaning. Porter and the victim have been dating since 2013 and the victim is 10 weeks pregnant with Porter aware that she was pregnant prior to this incident, according to the police report.
Gainesville Police recovered a .45 caliber shell casing and found a bullet hole in the victim’s apartment. The following day on Sept. 30, Porter was “contacted” in a vehicle with another individual, with the driver — Porter’s friend — in possession of a .45 caliber handgun.
Porter, who was a three-star recruit out of Tampa’s Jefferson High, has played in four games this season and has totaled two tackles. He wore a gaudy sombrero as he walked into the Swamp for Florida’s game against Tennessee on Sept. 26, a pre-game tradition McElwain created to highlight a player’s importance in that week’s contest.
— Gainesville Police (@GainesvillePD) October 14, 2015
Gainesville Police will hold a 2:30 p.m. news conference to talk about arrest of Gators DB Deiondre Porter
— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) October 14, 2015