Originally created 06/19/03

Two Gators plead on seperate battery charges



GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Two University of Florida football players pleaded no contest on separate court matters, but their status on the team has not changed, the school said Wednesday.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Taurean Charles and Channing Crowder, a true freshman linebacker who enrolled in January, both pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery charges from separate incidents, state attorney Bill Cervone said.

Both players were initially suspended when the incident came up but neither of the player's situations have been addressed further since the pleas, sports information spokesman Steve McClain said.

"We are reviewing the situation internally," coach Ron Zook said in a statement. Both face further suspensions by the university or Zook.

Charles was accused of hurting a female student in a dorm room fight in March. Crowder was charged after a Gainesville nightclub barfight on April 13, Cervone said.

Under terms of the pleas, Charles will serve one year's probation and is required to have an anger management assessment at Florida. He has a choice of paying the court cost of $340 or serving 34 hours of community service.

Crowder will serve six months probation and is not allowed to have contact with the victim, cannot consume alcohol while on probation and must go to counseling services at the school.

The maximum for both charges was one year's probation, Cervone said.

Another teammate involved in the April bar fight, redshirt freshman defensive end Steven Harris, still has felony battery charges pending.