Report: Florida RB Lamical Perine could face battery charge after incident with tow truck driver
Another offseason issue has surfaced at Florida.
Gators starting RB Lamical Perine may face a battery charge after an incident with a tow truck driver on May 7, per The Gainesville Sun. The tow truck driver accused Perine of grabbing his arm when he tried to tow his mother’s car, which did not have a required decal.
State Attorney Bill Cervone said Perine was not arrested, but he could be issued a notice to appear in court, pending a prosecutor’s review. Cervone is not convinced the allegation rises to the level of a battery charge.
“That is bullsh–. There’s a certain amount of touching that is not intended to be a criminal matter,” Cervone said. “I could put my arm on your shoulder as I walk past you and technically that’s battery. Some people revel in something that’s not a big deal. It’s a football player and it becomes the end of the world.”
This incident is just the latest in a string of rough off-season issues for the Gators. Early enrollee freshman QB Jalon Jones transferred, and he has been accused of sexually assaulting two women.
Florida’s top signee and early enrollee, Chris Steele, announced he would transfer to Oregon.