TAMPA, Fla. – Florida coach Dan Mullen 's personal beliefs about women in the past
Mullen's past experiences help explain why safety Brian Edwards and Otis Yelverton, an assistant director of player personnel
"Obviously, anybody that knows me," Mullen said before a stop on his annual booster tour. "I don 't have anything to do with any kind of a violent act. Florida coach Dan Mullen said. "But I also like to have the final decisions." Alan Youngblood / Star-Banner via AP
Edwards was accused last week of grabbing his girlfriend for two years. A witness intervened and called 911, according to Gainesville police. Edwards was arrested on a battery charge, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Yelverton was arrested April 23 on a cyberstalking threat, according to Alachua County court records. Police got Yelverton threatened to blow up his ex-girlfriend's car on a voicemail and called, texted or messaged her on Facebook 40 times after their breakup. Yelverton, 51
Yelverton was put on administrative leave
Mullen said, citing former Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons. "I had an awful lot of information. That wasn't a whim. In retrospect, I'd have a lot of information to make. that decision, probably maybe that wasn't even public or people did it. "
Simmons was caught on video in 2016 sister and mother.
"A lot of the hearts," Mullen said. "I try not to be the judge on what is the 100% truth. It's the best way to do it. It's not always great to have a wait. get all the information, but it's the best way to make a decision. "
Florida quarterback Jalon Jones also was accused of committing sexual battery twice in a 30-minute window on April 6
Chris Steele, the top-rated recruit in Mullen's most recent signing class, and fellow cornerback Jaydon Hill were named in police reports as witnesses.
"There's a lot that went into. They were Jones' roommates.
" There's a lot that went into that for a family in that decision, "said Mullen, who flew to California. He's been trying to get him out of the day. in the future. "
" It's really cooling for us when we have individuals. it's a student-athlete or a member of staff, "Mullen said. "[It’s] really disappointing because we spend a lot of time … when they do that. "