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Caleb Brantley now charged with misdemeanor battery

Former University of Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley has now been charged with misdemeanor battery in an altercation that occurred on April 13 according to Gainesville Police Department reports. This is a turnaround from what was originally reported to have happened in the incident.

An original report of the incident from 10 days ago labeled Brantley the victim in the incident, but according to a couple of new eye witnesses, Brantley was the aggressor and knocked the woman unconscious and also dislodged a tooth in her mouth causing her to have dental surgery to repair it.

The report reads… “… the DEF and VIC were engaged in a verbal confrontation due to crude comments made by the DEF. The VIC (5’6”, 120 lbs.) pushed the DEF (6’3”, 300 lbs.). The DEF responded by striking her in the face, knocking her unconscious. The VIC sustained dental injuries that displaced a tooth and will require a root canal. DEF’s use of force was clearly out of retaliation and not self-defense. Additionally, the intensity of the DEF’s force far exceeded what was reasonable or necessary.”

Brantley decided to leave the Florida football team and forego his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft that is scheduled for next week. A possible day one pick, there is little doubt that this incident will have an effect on his draft status, of which we cannot be sure.

He was a two year starter for the Gators finishing his career with 81 total tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks. 

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