A former University of Florida track and field athlete was arrested Sunday morning after police allege he struck a bouncer multiple times after being denied entrance to a downtown nightclub.
According to a GPD report, the 23-year-old man was apparently trying to get into Simons Nightclub at about 1 a.m. when police claim he created a disturbance and was denied entry by one of the club’s bouncers.
Police allege that the argument escalated with the bouncer and the man then punched the bouncer in the face repeatedly, leaving a large cut on the bouncer’s forehead that required stitches.
Police claim they were forced to detain the man and physically remove him from the scene.
The man was arrested and charged with one felony count of battery and one misdemeanor count of resisting an officer without violence. He was taken to the Alachua County jail where he remained on Sunday with bail set at $17,500.
According to reports, the man competed for the Gators’ track and field team from 2010 to 2013.
The man won the triple jump and finished second in the long jump at the annual Florida Relays at Percy Beard Track that concluded Saturday on the UF campus.
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