According to a report from the Tallahassee Democrat, Florida State QB Deondre Francois is being investigated for a domestic violence incident, allegedly occurring in the early morning hours of Wednesday.
Multiple sources have confirmed that Tallahassee Police responded to an apartment complex in reference to a domestic battery involving Francois at about 12:35 a.m. Additionally, police call notes show officers responded to a domestic incident at the same time. — Tallahassee Democrat
As of 10:30 am, no arrest has been made, and Florida State has not commented on the report, or clarified Francois’ status with the team. University policy dictates that any player charged with a felony is automatically suspended until the charge is adjudicated.
Francois missed all but the opening game of the 2017 season after sustaining a season-ending knee injury in the opener against Alabama. He had a promising redshirt freshman season in 2016, tossing 20 touchdowns and 3,350 yards.
Francois came under fire for being a poor teammate after he skipped senior day, and instead was seen on social media hanging out with a suspended teammate.
New coach Willie Taggart addressed Francois’ participation with the team in December, stating that he wanted him to be around and supportive of his teammates.
“We’ve had a chance to talk, talk about our vision, and talk about what I expect of him as a quarterback on the football team,” Taggart said. “But right now I just want him to be around this football team and be with his teammates and be supportive with his teammates and finish the season.”
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
According to the incident report which was released on Wednesday afternoon, police took statements from three people: Francois, Florida State running back Zaquandre White, and Francois’ girlfriend.
The reports differ on what occurred on the night, following Francois’ call to police. Francois told police that he and White were watching television in Francois’ residence when the woman entered and began arguing over a previous disagreement. Francois told police the woman was his girlfriend of nine months and had moved in with him 3-4 months prior.
Francois says that when he asked her to leave the apartment, she began breaking things and attempted to pull a television off the wall. Francois claims the woman cut her arm while breaking a vase. At this point, Francois claims to have attempted to subdue her by picking her up “like a hug,” and carrying her outside. Francois said that he had to put her down as she began swinging on him, and at this point, the woman said she would call police.
In the woman’s report to police, she said she had come home to the residence she shared with Francois and he became upset with her over talking to another man. She told police that she had barricaded herself inside a room, and said Francois broke down a bedroom door to get to her, picked her up, and threw her down.
She went on to tell police that she had cut her arm when Francois dragged her from the house. She also told police that she was nine weeks pregnant with Francois’ child. The woman declined to press charges.
White, a witness, told police a similar story to that of Francois, saying that Francois only engaged the woman physically to keep her from breaking things and to protect himself.
The reporting officer was unable to establish probable cause to make an arrest for battery. Nor was an arrest made for damage to property in the residence. Francois agreed to stay with White for the evening and left the scene with him.
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