Seminoles reinstate lineman after scuffle

Updated: July 29, 2004, 7:29 PM ET
Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State coach Bobby Bowden reinstated offensive lineman Bobby Meeks on Thursday after a county court dropped felony charges stemming from a scuffle outside a nightclub earlier this month.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound guard was charged with two felony counts of battery on a law enforcement officer and a third felony charge for resisting arrest with violence during a confrontation outside a nightclub in the early hours of July 11.

Those were reduced to misdemeanor charges Thursday, and Meeks received a year's probation and 30 days with the Sheriff's Department workcamp. He also was ordered to pay court costs, write a letter of apology to the police officers involved and was prohibited from returning to the nightclub.

"The incident as reported in the media is out of character for him," Bowden said. "He does not drink and he has never been in trouble."

The player's uncle, Albert Meeks Jr., also was charged with battery in the fight with officers.

A senior from Aldine, Texas, Meeks started nine games last season. He missed two games because of a shoulder injury.


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