Jenkins says arrest taught him
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida Gators cornerback Janoris Jenkins believes something good came out of his arrest this summer.
"I learned a lot, being at the wrong place at the wrong time," Jenkins said Thursday after the team's first fall practice.
According to Gainesville Police, Jenkins struck an individual while officers were trying to break up a downtown fight May 30. After police Tasered him, Jenkins tried to run but stopped after two blocks. Jenkins was charged with affray and resisting arrest without violence.
He signed a deferred prosecution agreement in June. He must not have any violations in the next sixth months, pay $50 for the cost of prosecution and either donate $150 to a charity or perform 15 hours of community service. If Jenkins fulfills the demands, his record will be wiped clean.
Jenkins' arrest was the 24th involving football players during coach Urban Meyer's tenure. Linebacker Dustin Doe added to the list last month when he was arrested and charged with knowingly driving with a suspended license.
Doe has been suspended from the team. It was unclear if and when Doe might be reinstated.
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow said Thursday he has always tried to support troubled players, but has stopped short of counseling them.
"Those guys, you don't ever see anything that has been [malicious] or a mean guy or trying to get in trouble or trying to do the wrong thing," Tebow said. "It's just been the wrong place, the wrong time, which I take responsibility, our team takes responsibility for that.
"But it hasn't been guys on purpose trying to do the bad stuff. That's something I care about, and you've got to take into consideration."
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press