Caleb Brantley, a defensive lineman who attended the University of Florida, has been charged with misdemeanor battery.
According to a police report obtained by Ian Rapoport, police in Gainesville, Florida say that Brantley hit his alleged victim, 20-year-old Chelsea Austin, in the face and that his “use of force was clearly out of retaliation and not self-defense.”
Brantley, 22, told police that Austin hit him in the face first. Austin confirmed to police that she did strike Brantley initially.
According to the report, Chelsea Austin, 20, claims a man, who was later identified as Brantley by Austin’s friend, punched her in the face during the fight. Austin had a cut on her lip and blood around her tooth, according to the police report. Austin, however, could not identify who hit her.
Brantley, 22, claims Austin struck him in the face first, which Austin later confirmed to police, stating Brantley “disrespected her.” Police say Brantley then pushed her away. He’s listed as the victim in Gainesville PD’s report.
According to the report, multiple witnesses corroborated Brantley’s version of the story. As for Austin, she was later admitted to an area hospital and treated for injuries following the altercation.
Brantley, who was considered by many to be a first round draft pick, did not suffer any injuries. CBS Sports has Brantley ranked as this year’s 47th-best prospect.
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