Gators safety Elam cited for underage drinking

By Adam Silverstein
July 24, 2011

Florida Gators safety Matt Elam was cited for underage drinking and given a notice to appear in court by Gainesville, FL police on Sunday, according to The Gainesville Sun.

Elam, who was also cited for possession of alcohol by a minor one year ago, was spotted by officers “with a plastic cup that contained a dark liquid,” the paper reports.

He then apparently tossed the cup, which allegedly contained Hennessy and Coca-Cola, before being written up on site for the violation.

On July 21, 2010, Elam pleaded no contest to his previous charge and was ordered to pay a small fine by an Alachua County court.

Set to start for the Gators at strong safety in 2011, Elam played in every game last season, registering 23 total tackles (three for a loss) and a blocked kick.


  1. SB says:

    Don’t hear about this at other schools….. not because our students are worse….. our police just enforce it. Pointless.

  2. Gio Showtime says:

    I hope this is a non-issue in terms of a suspension. We’ve all done this

  3. David says:

    Hate GPD!!! They are killing us!! Doesnt help with recruiting either.

  4. Brett says:

    A college student drinks shocking.

  5. zurbo says:

    GPD is the scum of the earth

  6. John S says:

    Im sure we all feel a little safer tonight. Please coach show some restraint.

  7. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Dog days of knucklehead season…………

  8. chigator says:

    This is pretty minor in the grand scheme of things. I agree that at some point you have to allow college kids to make small mistakes like this. At any other small school without a football team, the student ends up meeting with a dean and apologizes. Case closed.

  9. joey says:

    This is crazy. You know recruits look at this

  10. g8ter27 says:

    Wow, I got on here expecting to see a mob calling for Elam’s head but thankfully most see it for what it is…BS! It almost seems as if GPD is seeking out our players with this crap. Steal a car, shoot a gun or even get caught with weed 3 times and I get it, but come on, this is ticky tack garbage. BUT Matt, can you and the boys please get the message and keep that stuff inside and not parade on and around campus with it in the open?

  11. GatorsAlumLA says:

    Let’s all hope that his teammates tell young Matt Elam not to walk around with a Dixie cup filled with alcohol again.

  12. npgator says:

    It seems like an inordinate amount of misdemeanors amoung our players – COPS!

  13. The Truth says:

    2 words: Racial profiling.

  14. SC Gator says:

    Yup, that’s the GPD we all know and love.

  15. Alex says:

    Until he pulls a Dunlap, I’m behind him. Just learn to drink behind closed doors, kid!

  16. dp says:

    Hmmm college kid wants to drink with his friends…give me an f’ing break GPD!

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