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FSU Running Back Mario Pender Arrested

Florida State running back Mario Pender has been arrested.

Florida State running back Mario Pender was arrested on Saturday May 7th for domestic battery by strangulation and resisting arrest without violence. Pender was released on $500 bail. He had previously been arrested for a domestic violence incident in 2011.

Pender has not practiced with the team since the middle of the 2015 season after suffering a collapsed lung, and having surgery after his lung became infected. 

Pender's career at Florida State has not gone according to plan. He missed his freshman season with a groin injury and then missed the following season due to academics. During the 2014 he finally got on the field, but an ankle injury kept him from playing the last half of the season. He suffered the lung injury in 2015. 

He has rushed for 246 yards and five rushing touchdowns during his career at Florida State. Florida State has taken a hard stance on domestic violence since former Seminoles quarterback DeAndre Johnson was removed from the team for striking a woman in a bar. A statement from Florida State has not yet been released.


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