According to reports, six University of Florida Gators football players are facing university disciplinary action after an on-campus confrontation with a Gainesville-area gambler named Devante’ “Tay Bang” Zachery and his associates.
The players facing discipline are wide receivers Kadarius Toney, Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells, defensive tackle Kyree Campbell, tight end Kemore Gamble and quarterback Emory Jones.
Various reports indicate that Zachery, an employee at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, told the Gainesville Police Department that he gave Gator football players discounts on rental vehicles.
via Orlando Sentinel:
Tensions would escalate during May 28 confrontation on campus when two Gators brandished Airsoft guns resembling assault rifles. According to a campus police report, a baseball bat, frying pan and rocks also were brought to a fight that left six UF players facing a review by the student conduct board.
Zachery filed a report last week with the Gainesville Police Department that gave further details on the fractious relationship with the Gators.
In the report, Zachery told GPD he had a good relationship with Lewis and linebacker Vosean Joseph and would give UF players discounts at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, where Zachery worked. If true, this could violate NCAA rules.
This is not the first time that the University of Florida football team has faced discipline heading into the season as the football team suspended ten players for their 2017 season opener against the University of Michigan.
Those 10 students were suspended for making improper charges on their university student IDs at the school bookstore and then selling those items for cash.
The university released the following statement about the incident through spokesman Steve McClain:
“We understand GPD has followed up last week’s UPD report with a background report that has Devante Zachery (aka Tay Bangs) as its primary source. “We are not aware if there will be any additional information provided by GPD on this matter. Anytime we get information involving our student-athletes we look into it.”