From the field to Twitter: Florida’s Jalen Tabor, C’yontai Lewis get into it again

By Adam Silverstein
August 21, 2016
From the field to Twitter: Florida’s Jalen Tabor, C’yontai Lewis get into it again

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Suspended for the first game of the season and practice for a week was apparently not enough to keep Florida Gators junior cornerback Jalen Tabor and redshirt sophomore C’yontai Lewis apart.

Tabor and Lewis, whose “nasty fight” during a practice last week forced head coach Jim McElwain to suspend the players, are expected to return to the field on Thursday but will still miss Florida’s season opener against UMass on Sept. 3.

Well, Tabor and Lewis may be done exchanging blows, but they’re apparently not finished tossing words at each other.

In a three-tweet mini-rant on Sunday, Tabor went off on Lewis. “Be careful who you call friends cause they really be enemies,” he began. “This man out here messing up his so called friends future … Got JC kicked out and now I’m suspended.”

Tabor is referring to Lewis here. Lewis was questioned as part of the investigation into former CB J.C. Jackson‘s ties to an armed robbery at an apartment complex in Gainesville, Florida. Jackson was arrested and charged but eventually cleared. Though he was reinstated to school, he remained dismissed from the Gators and is set to begin playing for Maryland (and former Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin) this season.

Lewis replied to Tabor’s comments with a statement of his own on Twitter. “When coach told me to stay off social media and handle this situation with CLASS, that’s what I did. Get over it bro and lets go win a RING.”

“Get over it” is probably the best advice not only for both parties but the Gators as a whole. With the season now less than two weeks away, Florida needs to focus on beating up its opponents, not each other.

Two of Tabor’s three tweets, and Lewis’s tweet, have since been deleted.

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