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Florida Football Players Involved in WILD BB Gun Confrontation with Local Gambler

Dan Mullen might have bit off a little more than he can chew.  Six months after he was hired to take over the Florida football program, seven of his players were involved in a confrontation that featured BB guns, a baseball bat, a frying pan and a local gambler.

Police were called to the Keys Residential Complex on May 28 to investigate a disturbance.  What they found were about a dozen people in a heated confrontation.

The incident was sparked by senior tight end C’yontai Lewis’ relationship with Devante Zachery, a local gambler who goes by the name of “Tay Bang.”  The two were good friends when the Gators won, but not so much when they lost seven games in 2017.

Tay Bang was waiting to confront Lewis about the losses in front Lewis’ apartment complex.  Lewis arrived with six other players — freshman quarterback Emory Jones, wide receivers Rick Wells, Kadarius Toney and Tyrie Cleveland, defensive tackle Kyree Campbell and tight end Kemore Gamble.

When the situation got heated, several players left the scene to get a wide assortment of weapons.  The police report says some were holding rocks, BB guns and even a frying pan, while one of Tay Bang’s associates carried a baseball bat.  The BB guns were painted all-black to resemble an AR-15.  Before the confrontation could escalate any further, police arrived and people scattered.  Nobody was arrested and five players face disciplinary action by the school, which could affect their status with the team.

“We were made aware of the incident when it occurred and immediately began following campus protocol,” Mullen said in a statement. “This has been an opportunity for us to educate our players about the dangers and negative perceptions that can occur when conflict arises, and how important honesty and good decision making is.”

For wide receivers Wells and Cleveland, it’s their second BB gun incident since they arrived at Florida.  Kadrius Toney is the Gators’ leading returning wide receiver and Emory Jones was the nation’s top-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 recruiting class.

The report surfaced just days after Mullen suspended highly-touted freshman defensive back Justin Watkins following his second arrest in ten weeks.  He now faces four charges, including a pair of felonies, for allegedly hitting his girlfriend.

To read the full details of the incident, check out the Orlando Sentinel and


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

18 Comments for Florida Football Players Involved in WILD BB Gun Confrontation with Local Gambler

  1. BullittCoCat
    2:16 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

    2 game suspension please

    2:21 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

    I thought the “BB Gun” mo sounded familiar. Unless they get a minimum 7 game suspension it does UK no good other than causing a locker room distraction for Florida. UK will need a lot more help than that for Stoops to coach us to victory at the Swamp – maybe another Lamar fumble-like gift..?

    • Mathlete
      2:34 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

      It does UK some good with just a 2 game suspension, but I agree that we’re going to need a lot of help to break whatever swampy hoodoo curse is over Kentucky Football’s head

    • 4everUKblue
      3:39 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

      I’d be happy if it just helped us beat them.

  3. CatManDo
    2:38 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

    Whoops-a-Daisy! Sorry, bad bb gun pun.

    On a serious note, if someone (cop or member of the other group) mistook a bb gun for a real gun, this could have been really ugly. Dumb, just dumb.

  4. Scottscats
    2:43 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

    What they did was plain stupid….thats how kids get shot…..wanna be gangstas…..

    • mashburnfan1
      5:31 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

      Yep stupid and good way to get shot. Only thing they were missing is a hoodie and bandana over their face, oh wait.

  5. steve simpson
    2:50 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

    How many games did Boom and Drew Barker receive for their BB gun drama? Doesn’t sound comparable but not sure.

  6. Bluebloodtoo
    3:19 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

    Screw the bb guns and frying pan, why is a local gambler confronting a player? The potential of that is much bigger than bb guns.

    • UK96Champs
      4:11 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink


  7. Greatcatfan
    3:30 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

    Hopefully Mullen proves he is a real coach because at the “old” UF this would have made them guaranteed starters. Bad thing is will end up having to play them any way because they’ll all transfer to Louisville with no lost playing time.

    • Greatcatfan
      3:35 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

      If any get kicked off the team

  8. Bobbum Man
    4:03 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

    So u show up with 6 SEC football players including 2 tight ends and a defensive tackle and their first thought is “we better run and get some weapons” smh

  9. kybigblue
    4:37 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

    UF, FSU, and Miami in the past their best teams have had players who got in trouble. Maybe Florida is ready to climb the rankings again. lol

  10. secrick
    4:43 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

    Yep those BB guns are real bad. I know because i use to have one when i was 8 or 9 years old,

  11. TBW3011
    7:41 am July 27, 2018 Permalink

    When they are down to 10 players let me know. Then we’ll be on a level playing field.

  12. 4everUKblue
    8:05 am July 27, 2018 Permalink

    It’ll get swept under the rug much like the way Winston’s legal problems were at FSU.

  13. StuckinLville
    11:40 pm July 27, 2018 Permalink

    I see Gators never change