Florida Gators freshman wide receiver Justin Watkins was suspended indefinitely by the school in the aftermath of his second arrest of the offseason, a troubling trend.
Watkins was arrested and remains in custody after he was charged with two counts of first-degree misdemeanor battery that caused bodily harm, one count of felony kidnapping and false imprisonment and one count of felony domestic battery by strangulation, according to Alachua County arrest records (h/t Saturday Down South’s Adam Spence).
Watkins “struck his 18-year-old girlfriend with an open and closed fist on both sides of her head and on her shoulders while holding her down on a dorm room bed”, according to Gainesville.com’s Graham Hall who referenced the arrest report.
“Justin Watkins has been suspended immediately from all activities,” Florida head coach Dan Mullen said in a statement given to 247Sports’ Thomas Goldkamp.
Watkins is apparently leaving the school, stating in a since-deleted tweet that “I will be leaving the university of Florida to better my opportunities.”
Furthermore, Watkins “got on top of her, pinning her to the bed again, the report says, wrapped his hands around her neck and choked her three times, once for 15 seconds and twice for about eight seconds”, and he is accused of blocking his girlfriend’s exit before she “sprayed mace in his face and fled.”