University of Florida football player Deiondre Porter was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly held a gun to the head of his pregnant girlfriend, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
According to the Alchua County clerk’s office, the 19-year-old freshman is facing four felony charges, including two counts of assault with a deadly weapon without the intention to kill, one count of aggravated battery and one count of firing a weapon into a vehicle or building. Porter is also facing a misdemeanor charge of damaging property.
He is currently being held at the Alchua County Jail on a $160,000 bond.
Upon learning the news Wednesday, the Gators were quick to suspend the defensive back. Porter, a special teams contributor, had two tackles in four games this season.
“He’s no longer with the football team,” Coach Jim McElwain said (via Associated Press) on the SEC Conference coaches call. “He’s suspended indefinitely for obviously a choice. It’s his choice not to be with us. I’m sure you’ll read about it soon enough. It’s one of those things that we don’t obviously condone. Like I said, it was his choice.”
According to the Gainesville police report that was obtained by the Sentinel, the altercation occurred in the early-morning hours of Sept. 29 when Porter confronted his longtime girlfriend with accusations that she cheated on him with one of his teammates. Porter’s girlfriend, who was 10 weeks pregnant at the time, a fact the report claims Porter knew about, denied the allegations. Porter did not believe her, however, and according to the report he then pointed a gun at her head and asked her again.
The argument continued for a while longer before the two retired in separate rooms for the night and picked it up the next day, according to the report. Porter then eventually fired a gun in his girlfriend’s direction. The bullet landed in the wall, the report states.