Jordan Scarlett among four suspended Florida Gators reinstated to program

By Adam Silverstein
January 23, 2018
Jordan Scarlett among four suspended Florida Gators reinstated to program
Football

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The Florida Gators football players that spent the 2017 season indefinitely suspended over charges of credit card fraud — well, at least those that have not otherwise moved on from the program — have been reinstated ahead of the 2018 season.

Running back Jordan Scarlett, wide receiver Rick Wells and linebackers James Houston and Ventrell Miller will participate in team activities when they begin on Wednesday, athletic department officials confirmed to OnlyGators.com.

Defensive end Keivonnis Davis‘ status is up in the air, as he remains enrolled in classes at Florida but has not been medically cleared after being involved in a scooter accident while suspended last fall. At the time of his accident, a source told OnlyGators.com that Davis may not be able to play at all in 2018.

“All of our players understand the standards and expectations we have of them to be members of the Florida football program,” head coach Dan Mullen said later.

Scarlett started for the Gators in 2016 and was expected to reprise his role last season before the suspension. The absences of Houston and Miller greatly depleted an already-thin linebacking corps for UF.

The suspensions began before the 2017 season and were handed out after players obtained stolen credit card information that they used to purchase items ranging from laptops and Beats headphones to food delivery. Nine players were suspended in all, through three have already transferred and WR Antonio Callaway declared for the 2018 NFL Draft.

The five players still enrolled at Florida are presently participating in pre-trial diversions that could clear their record of the third-degree felony charges.

The University Athletic Association has not returned a request for comment at this time.

3 Comments

  1. Scroud says:

    I believe in second chances and let’s hope this is the end of that sorry affair

  2. Ron says:

    The biggest unanswered question of this whole incident is how they got the credit card #’s. Many of the victims were out of state and had no ties to Gainesville, so it’s highly unlikely they got or saw the physical card. Did they hack to get them? Buy the numbers from another hacker?

    • senuod says:

      I’m sure that fact is known by the authorities. If you go to the right/wrong places on the internet, you can buy that type of information from people who have previously stolen those numbers.

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