Florida DB Deiondre Porter allegedly fired gun near pregnant girlfriend, suspended indefinitely

By Adam Silverstein
October 14, 2015

Florida Gators redshirt freshman defensive back Deiondre Porter has been suspended indefinitely from the program while facing five serious criminal charges.

Porter has been charged with four felony counts and a misdemanor for allegedly pointing a gun at his pregnant girlfriend’s head and – one day later – firing a bullet near her into a wall.

Porter allegedly put a handgun to the head of his pregnant girlfriend at 2:15 a.m. on Sept. 29 during an argument that began when he confronted her about “being involved with one of his teammates.” According to the police report, Porter “began yelling at the victim in her apartment demanding that she tell him the truth about being with his teammate.” She then “retreated to her bedroom to avoid the confrontation,” which led to Porter allegedly putting the gun to her head and continuing to “demand that the victim tell him the truth.”

After attempting to get in touch with the teammate via phone call and text message, the girlfriend, who had been dating Porter since 2013 was 10 weeks pregnant at the time, convinced Porter to go to sleep and try again in the morning; she slept in the living room. Five hours later, the argument continued and Porter allegedly fired a handgun near her into the wall.

Gainesville Police recovered a .45 caliber shell casing and found a bullet hole in the victim’s apartment. The following day, on Sept. 30, Porter was contacted while a passenger in a vehicle. A .45 caliber handgun was found in possession of the driver, Porter’s friend. it is not known whether the handgun is the same one used in the alleged shooting. Additionally, 30 grams of marijuana were found in the vehicle’s glove compartment; the driver claimed the cannabis was his.

Porter is charged with aggravated battery (second degree felony), two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent (third degree felony), firing a weapon into a dwelling (second degree felony) and property damage (second degree misdemeanor), according to Alachua County Court records.

While the incident allegedly occurred Sept. 29, Porter’s girlfriend did not report it until Monday, leading the player to be arrested on these charges Tuesday with bond set at $160,000.

Head coach Jim McElwain confirmed Porter’s suspension during the weekly SEC teleconference on Wednesday.

Porter has played in four games with the Gators as a reserve defensive back, registering two tackles. He did not play in the team’s last two contests while the police investigation was underway.


  1. ryan v. says:

    Urban’s fault.

  2. jimmyjohns says:


  3. Mike The Red says:

    Coach Mac needs to give these boys the father-to-son speech.

    “Stay away from booze, weed and women. Don’t hang with trouble makers if you do not want to find trouble. Stay focused on football. You have a chance to win an SEC Championship and possibly a NC. Are booze, weed, women, and/or your loser troubling making friends more important than that?”

    Back in the day… before PC non-sense… men were not afraid to admonish young men about the dangers of booze, drugs, and loose women. Today, you would probably get fired for saying that.

    I can guarantee you that 90% of our discipline problems would be eliminated if these boys followed that advice.

    • Ken (CA) says:

      “pregnant girlfriend” speaks volumes about his level of maturity and responsibility in general.

      • SW FL Joe says:

        “being involved with one of his teammates.” speaks volumes about her’s as well.

        • Dave Massey says:

          And that’s two immature comments

          • Ken (CA) says:

            Other than being judgmental on observations, how exactly were the comments “immature”?

            The actions of the player and his girlfriend both showed incredible lack of judgement and need to grow up, could have ended in tragedy. I don’t see how pointing that out is immature.

            • Dave Massey says:

              The one action you pointed out is about his pregnant girlfriend as if youngsters don’t have a right to start a family when they choose. Don’t see why you would have an issue with that. I was a father to be at that age and was happy about it, it was my choice. Now if you had said he makes poor choices with who he associates with, or that he was around a felony amount of weed, or was packing a .45 and was making terroristic threats with it, or was nuts for firing at her, or even that he is an extreme control freak I wouldn’t have had an issue with it.

              As far as the other comment his girlfriend is a female victim of an extremely violent crime and should not be attacked under any circumstances. It’s a free country and she can do as she chooses. It’s not like she committed a crime.

              Hence, immature comments IMO.

              And of course, because of today’s social media everybody now knows all the individuals involved and that’s wrong too. There are obviously a lot of people full of self importance. That’s one of the things I love about Adam and this website. All the things here are done with a high level of maturity

              • senuod says:

                Very well said.

              • Ken (CA) says:

                I never said he didn’t have the right to make a choice when he wants, I said it is a poor choice which is also the choice that was made in the altercation. A college kid who is a backup player with no clear means of support, no job, no degree.

                You really think it was planned? I doubt it, but even if it was, it was part of apparently a pattern of poor choices the kid is making and that speaks volumes about his lack of maturity

        • Ken (CA) says:

          very true. sounds like no one is innocent here. Bad situation all around.

  4. g8ter27 says:

    This is good news…another spot open for recruiting.

    • Timmy T says:

      Exactly what I was thinking.

      • Michael Jones says:

        Ha ha! Good stuff, guys. Way to “make lemonade” and “turn that frown upside down,” lol. That’s all we can do. Beyond that we’re powerless over this insanity.

  5. Sammage says:

    Well that seems to mess up the ‘we’re all a family’ story-line that’s been going around. I HOPE this isn’t the wheels coming off the program. smh.

    Also, Adam..tiny pass is driving me mad. Isn’t there a way it can remember me so I don’t have to log through every single time? Super annoying method of authentication (blocking the whole screen until I enter my information).

    • Sending an email to them now to find out about the issue. You are the second person to report a problem. Are your cookies turned on? Maybe clear your cache and login again?

      • Sammage says:

        Cookies are on. Using Chrome in case that matters. Tried the flushing and it seems to be working now. But I also haven’t shut down the browser…at work and need it open.

        • 😉

          I use Chrome, too. No issues. Yeah, have to have cookies enabled or else it can’t save forms. Same deal with other websites.

          • Ken (CA) says:

            I was the first to note it, just sent adam email rather than asking in comments, I am using edge for now with windows 10, cookies are on, trying to figure out how to clear cache in this version, very different than IE

  6. Dave Massey says:

    Jackson was bad enough, now this. BTW bloggers are now comparing us to half ass u and calling us DBUF-defensive back university of felons. Awesome job guys.

    • Michael Jones says:

      I could care less about other bloggers who relish in bad news. I still maintain that on any given day, just about any program in the country could become snake bit with this kind of stuff. That being said, however, I am suspicious that our high schoolers, while supremely talented, are a little wilder, more unruly and less disciplined than in other states.

      (yes, yes, I am generalizing, OBVIOUSLY, to make a point. . I know these are the exception, not the rule, but Fla kids seem to have more than their fair share of these types of incidents. . UF, FSU, UM, we’ve all taken our hits and we all recruit Fla. kids heavily, naturally)

      • Dave Massey says:

        In the wake of the ESPN report that declared that Florida had the most arrests of any school in the country this is not good news. I don’t really care what may or may not be occurring at other schools, I only care about what is going on at Florida. You may not care what other bloggers think or say but recruits and their parents (who have an influence over where the recruits attend) do pay attention to this stuff. University of Felons is not a proud reputation to have. If you don’t think that parents of possible recruits out there wouldn’t be considering what Jackson and Porter did and wonder if they want their children to go to a school where that kind of stuff is going on, you might want to reconsider your thinking.

        Florida is one of the highest crime states in the nation. When children grow up surrounded by crime, inevitably some are going to turn to that thinking and way of life, such as Porter and Jackson, unfortunately.

        • Michael Jones says:

          Dave, understand, I wish that it wasn’t true (i.e. all of those arrests). Coach Mac will change the culture but a lot of what you say is true, including about the crime in this state.

          • DAve Massey says:

            Yes, it is unfortunate. And two guys from USF were arrested this week for firing shots on campus. If these guys knew how bad max prisons really are they might think twice about things like what all of these guys have done. The misery, smell, heat, and desolation is unbelievable, not really even human. It is an animal pen where the worst of the worst are sent.
            These guys are facing man 20 for firing a gun in the commission of a felony. Go in prison at 20 and come out at 40 with no future, sad, very sad.

  7. Sharon Milner says:

    This is another situation where more guns would have helped. Then they could have had an old Western shootout.
    Everyone would die including the unborn child. Yes the smart answer is more guns.

    These guys need to focus on what is important. Just leave a cheating girlfriend. Don’t come close to shooting her. Be wise and walk away from trouble. Learn to stay calm.

    Don’t squander your time to play college football.

    Peyton Manning never did this kind of really dumb thing.

    Use him as a role model!

    • Swamp_Monkey says:

      Sharon, you ignorant xxxx. No one is arguing for or against gun control here. Take it somewhere else.

      As for your hero, Peyton Manning, do you remember the time that he pulled down his pants and sat on a female trainer’s face?

      “It was the gluteus maximus, the rectum, the testicles and the area in between the testicles. And all that was on my face when I pushed him up. … To get leverage, I took my head out to push him up and off.”

  8. Gatorgrad79 says:

    This crap needs to stop. Either we are recruiting dumbasses who I cannot believe had high enough test scores to get into UF, or arrogant entitled idiots who think it is OK to do illegal shit WHEN SOMEONE ELSE IS PAYING YOUR FREAKIN’ BILLS. You play for an EDUCATION and in addition you get WORLD CLASS nutrition, coaching, medical care, personal training, exceptional facilities, massage therapy, physical therapy, unlimited athletic/’work’ apparel – all the equivalent of easily $75K a year IN ADDITION TO YOUR DAMN TUITION AND HOUSING. Shut the freak up, go to class, practice hard, play for the team, be thankful you will have a shot at the PROS (if you really are ‘all that’) financed by the boosters and fans, and clean up your act.
    That is all.

  9. Michael Jones says:

    Poor Coach Mac must be afraid to get up and read the newspaper these days (and, yes, I know he gets the news typically way before it hits the newspaper). Probably dazed and confused with all of this craziness. But if there’s a man who is built to take it and work himself and his program through it in a positive way, then I’m convinced it’s Coach Mac.

    He’s a hell of a man, from what I can tell. Now just as a football coach, either.

    • Dave Massey says:

      Got a question for you. Does this mean that you are ready to admit that Coach Mac was a better choice as coach of Florida than Dan Mullen would have been? Just asking, lol.

      • Michael Jones says:

        How could anyone know the answer to that question? I knew Dan Mullen was a great choice and still feel the same way. He would’ve done a hell of a job here. Now I know that Coach Mac was also a great choice. Not an “either or” thing.

        • Dave Massey says:

          I know man, I was only yanking your chain. I just don’t feel the same way about Mullen as you do. I do think Mac has the best ‘temperment’ of any coach Florida has hired since I have been a fan of the Gators. The expectations don’t seem to bother him, in fact he seems to embrace it. Spurrier and Meyer whined about that.

          Interesting game today between Miss State and La Tech. I’ll be checking that one out.

  10. Buster says:

    The difference between UF and FSU isn’t that our players are any better people necessarily.

    It’s that you won’t find Gator fans standing outside a courthouse with Diondre painted on our chests.