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Florida Football Captain Is Arrested for Burglary

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Safety Tony Joiner is the eighth Florida player in the last nine months to get in legal trouble, a growing concern for the defending national champions.

Joiner, a senior captain and defensive leader, was arrested early yesterday and charged with felony burglary, police said.

Joiner, who ranks fifth on the team with 20 tackles, was arrested around 5 a.m. outside the fenced impound lot of a local towing company, Gainesville police said.

But the owner of the property leased by the towing company, Stan Forron, said yesterday afternoon that the whole thing is "a big misunderstanding."

Joiner was accused of pushing a heavy electric gate open to enter the lot in an attempt to retrieve his girlfriend's car, which was being held in lieu of a $76 towing bill, a police report said.

Joiner was taken to the Alachua County Jail and later released on his own recognizance.

Forron said Joiner had made arrangements to pay the towing bill and pick up the car. But when Joiner arrived, no one was around to help him.

"It's like going to breakfast at Cracker Barrel and when you go to leave there's no one there to take your money," Forron said. "How long are you going to wait?"

Joiner was not at practice last night. Coach Urban Meyer stopped short of saying Joiner was suspended for Saturday's game at top-ranked LSU. . . .

Texas Tech linebacker Kellen Tillman was arrested on a marijuana possession charge, two days after being suspended for the Red Raiders' last game.

Tillman, a 23-year-old senior, posted $750 bond on a Class B misdemeanor charge of possession of under two ounces of marijuana and was released shortly after his arrest late Monday, the same day his suspension from the team was lifted. It wasn't clear why Tillman was benched for Texas Tech's 75-7 victory against Northwestern State. If convicted, Tillman faces up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.


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