Defensive standout again runs afoul of law

Updated: May 17, 2004, 4:17 PM ET
Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida linebacker Channing Crowder was arrested for fighting with police outside a nightclub.

Crowder, the Southeastern Conference's freshman defensive player of the year, was arrested early Sunday along with junior safety Jarvis Herring, police said Monday.

According to the police report, Crowder got into an argument outside the club. After police told him to leave, Crowder stopped in the middle of the street, held up traffic and yelled at another man.

When police finally caught up to Crowder, he refused to put his hands behind his back when they tried to handcuff him. Herring interfered with officers, the report said. Crowder was charged with disorderly conduct, and Herring was charged with resisting or obstructing without violence.

Crowder spent the night in jail. His mother, Pauline Pope, told Florida Today on Sunday night she spoke to her son after his release and that he was upset.

"I don't feel real comfortable saying a whole lot because I don't know all of the details yet," Pope told the newspaper. "Channing is a very trusting person and he needs to avoid getting himself in these kinds of situations."

Last year, Crowder was suspended for the season opener after pleading no contest to misdemeanor battery for allegedly beating a man unconscious.

Florida coach Ron Zook said no immediate team punishment will be issued to either Crowder or Herring.

From early indications she'd gotten, Pope told Florida Today that there's a chance the complaint against her son could be dropped.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press