Running back Adarius Lemons garnered a lot of national attention Saturday night when he tweeted that he intended to transfer from Florida less than an hour after the Gators’ loss to Kentucky.
According to the Tampa Bay Times however, his decision was already made before Florida’s historic loss in Week 2.
“It wasn’t really because of the game,” Lemons said on Tuesday afternoon. “It was the cherry on top you could say.”
Lemons didn’t play in the season opener against Charleston Southern due to a suspension for marijuana.
“(Jim McElwain) was letting a lot of players get away with a lot of stuff,” Lemons said. “Mullen came in. He was really strict with the rules.”
Mullen told Lemons he had to go to a rehab program or lose his spot on the team, so Lemons went to a recovery center for the summer. After complying with Mullen’s demands, Lemons felt as though he had earned back his touches in the Florida offense.
The Clearwater, Florida, native only played on special teams against the Wildcats however. He returned two kicks for 47 yards.
Lemons said that his frustrations boiled over after the Kentucky game, and he was asked to leave the locker room. Shortly after, he tweeted that he would be leaving the Florida program.
On Tuesday, Lemons announced that he would be staying in the SEC after transferring.