Run-ins with law result in suspensions for two Gators

Updated: July 3, 2007, 10:28 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Separate run-ins with the law have earned two Florida players suspensions.

Offensive lineman Ronnie Wilson has been suspended for the upcoming season, while running back Brandon James will sit out the opener and could also lose his scholarship.

The penalties were first reported by the Gainesville Sun.

Wilson, 19, allegedly fired a semiautomatic weapon into the air after being chased following a nightclub incident in April. He was charged with battery and discharging a firearm in public. Arraignment was set for July 3.

The alleged victim claimed Wilson spat on him and slapped him in the face at a nightclub. Wilson told police he did spit on the victim but denied hitting him. Wilson allegedly left the club, pulled a rifle from his trunk and fired a shot in the air.

Florida coach Urban Meyer called the incident a "major concern" following the arrest in April, and suspended Wilson indefinitely from team activities.

Wilson was a member of the Gators national title team as a redshirt.

James and reserve basketball guard Brandon Powell were arrested by Gainesville police during a reverse sting in June.

According to the report obtained by the Tampa Tribune, Powell arranged a meeting with the informant by telephone. Powell and James then met the informant and purchased .8 grams of marijuana for $20, according to details in the report. The sale was recorded on video and audio, the Tribune reported.

James dropped the marijuana when approached by police, the report stated, according to the Tribune.

James, a sophomore, is considered the Gators' top kick returner. He averaged 11 yards per punt return and 18 yards on kickoff returns as a freshman.

Information from ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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