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Ugly Details Emerge From Incident With Florida Football Players

An interior view of the Florida Gators football stadium.

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 15: A view from the end-zone as the Tennessee Volunteers take on the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 15, 2007 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida defeated Tennessee 59-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

The news keeps getting worse for the Florida Gators football program. After freshman corner Justin Watkins was suspended following a second arrest earlier this week, six other players are facing university discipline.

The six players engaged in an on-campus confrontation in late May. According to a report from First Coast News, wide receiver Kadarius Toney, defensive tackle Kyree Campbell, Tyrie Cleveland, Rick Wells, tight end Kemore Gamble and quarterback Emory Jones were involved in a confrontation with Gainesville-area gambler named Devante' "Tay Bang" Zachery.

University police started their investigation after a witness called 911. According to the report, the six football players were among a group of 10-15 people involved in the altercation.

Here's more from the report:

Zachery, 21, and his friends were waiting for the football players near the dorms. The football players began to confront the group, but left in vehicles, the report states. As the group left, they could be heard yelling, “We coming back strapped,” the report states.

The other group returned and a confrontation ensued. One player reported the group had a baseball bat, a red laser being pointed at another player’s chest and another individual threatening “Come any closer, I’ll spray you.”

Zachery told police, he observed one football player holding “some sort of assault rifle and some others were [holding] rocks.” Police wrote, they didn’t believe Zachery’s story and thought he was minimizing the incidents he was describing, the report states.

Toney and Campbell were recommended to UF’s Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution department for an “incident by holding and pointing what appears to be assault rifles (later determined to be airsoft rifles) at other individuals on campus,” the police report states.

None of the six players have been charged with a crime.

Florida opens the season against Charleston Southern. The game is scheduled to take place on September 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET - the game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

[First Coast News]