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UF Safety Elam Arrested

Florida strong safety Matt Elam was arrested in Gainesville yesterday for possession of alcohol by a minor.  The 19-year-old was the Sunshine State’s top recruit last last season.

Police say they saw Elam early Sunday morning with a cup filled with a dark liquid.  When he saw the officers, Elam allegedly threw the cup down.  Police say the cup contained Hennessy cognac and Coca-Cola.

Elam was also charged with possession of alcohol last year when he was holding a can of Four Loko — an alcoholic energy drink — while standing in a parking lot.

The school says that Will Muschamp “is aware of the incident and will deal with it internally.”

The sophomore played in all 13 games for the Gators last year, mainly on special teams.

(And before anyone emails to say, “He wasn’t arrested… he was just told to appear in court,” please allow us to say, “Semantics.”)

 


6 comments
B. Roberts
B. Roberts

John,
also have experience in the department. You never want to hear of a player getting in trouble with the law, but if you had to prefer one, open container and MIP are pretty harmless. long as they stay away from the drivers seat.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

B. Roberts...

Said the same thing on a radio show today. Agree completely.

Thanks for reading,
John

B. roberts
B. roberts

I have seen women in their 50's get open container in Gainesville on gameday. Not crazy college kids, middle aged moms with kids in college having some wine in a cup get open container just standing on a sidewalk adjacent to someones front yard. I'm a UF guy, and not to deflect this, but this is no big deal. why not just write a citation. either way, if UF can make it through summer with one MIP, I consider that a success.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

B. roberts...

Agreed. Both arrests reported today were of alcohol variety. In our view, that's not a good thing, but it's certainly not unheard of on a college campus. Been there myself.

Thanks for reading,
John

Ross
Ross

I'm in no way doubting that Elam was drinking but how did the cops know he was drinking alcohol, and even exactly which kind, when he tossed te cup? Is there a field test they do or did Elam just tell them?

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Ross...

Wondered the same thing. Figured that if police see someone notice them... and then he throws down his drink... they're probably going to wonder what was in the cup.

Just a guess.

John

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