Report: Former Gators RB Adarius Lemons arrested for domestic battery

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Former Florida running back <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/274975/" data-ylk="slk:Adarius Lemons">Adarius Lemons</a> was arrested on charges of domestic battery Thursday in Gainesville, Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Former Florida running back Adarius Lemons was arrested on charges of domestic battery Thursday in Gainesville, Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Former Florida Gators running back Adarius Lemons spent Thursday morning in the Alachua (Fla.) County Jail on charges of domestic battery that resulted from a fight with his longtime girlfriend over the weekend.

Lemons, a 21-year-old junior, quit the Florida team and said he intended to transfer less than an hour after the team’s 27-16 loss to Kentucky on Sept. 8. According to the Tampa Bay Times, he’s charged with one felony complaint for domestic battery by strangulation and two misdemeanor charges for battery and criminal mischief of property damage. The bail is set at $65,000.

Lemons reportedly upset over social media message

The 6-foot, 200-pound Lemons was arguing with his girlfriend, Ronisha McLeod, at her apartment in Gainesville on Friday night. According to a Gainesville police report, he was upset about a social media message and slammed her phone, shattering it.

He slammed her into a wall and bed, according to the report, during which her foot hit a railing and her toenail ripped off.

Per the Tampa Bay Times:

The incident continued in a hallway, where Lemons put his hands around and caused her to “get on her toes.” McLeod couldn’t breathe, and Lemons eventually released her, according to the complaint.

Two witnesses saw him choke her. Her injuries consisted of a cut upper lip, bloodied toe, scratched forearm, cut pinky and redness on her left elbow.

A warrant was issued Monday and he was taken into custody Thursday morning.

Lemons averaged 7.2 yards per carry on 19 carries last season as a sophomore for Florida. He was the team’s starting kickoff returner before leaving the team earlier this month.

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