Florida suspends freshman Justin Watkins after arrest on battery, kidnapping charges

Heather Diaz
July 28, 2018

Florida incoming freshman Justin Watkins has been suspended from team activities after being arrested for the second time this offseason, according to records from Alachua County and The Tampa Bay Times.

Police say Watkins knew that she has asthma.

On Monday, the alleged victim filed a report with UPD, where photographs taken by investigators of the alleged victim's injuries were consistent with her description of the incident. Watkins allegedly continued the assault by chasing after the woman and throwing a pair of items - a wooden brush and container of hair grease, per the police report - at her that struck her on the hand.

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Because he was not a student at the school, he was arrested on trespassing charges. One of the highest rated members of Florida's 2018 class, Watkins was expected to contribute as a cornerback and on special teams despite being rated as one of the state's top wide receiver prospects.

Watkins was not enrolled at the time, and Mullen only announced that Florida would look into the incident.

Watkins was also charged with two first-degree misdemeanor counts of battery. Watkins allegedly turned violent after a verbal incident and threw the unnamed woman's phone and shattering her screen before kicking her auto. Mullen had previously discussed the possibility with Watkins but said he would ultimately let him choose to play where he felt most comfortable in 2018.

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