Former Gators Linebacker Arrested for Child Abuse

This hasn’t been the brightest offseason for the Florida Gators football program. I’ve touched on it many times in this space, from current player Antonio Morrison’s arrest to NFL player Aaron Hernandez’s murder charge to walk-on punter Grant Van Aman’s arrest.

Now, a retired Gators linebacker has gotten in on the action.

This doesn’t blemish the program much at this point, but it’s worth noting.

The mugshot of former Gators linebacker Monty Grow. (Redington Beach Police Department)

41-year-old Monty Grown—who played for the Gators from 1989-1993—was arrested in Redington Beach, Fla., Sunday night for leaving a 3-year-old girl in his car alone while he went into a strip club, according to a police report.

Deputies say that by the time they arrived, the child’s grandparents had removed the child from the vehicle. As they investigated the incident, Grow reportedly ran up to the car and admitted to leaving the girl unattended.

She was not injured.

This is not the best display of parenting I’ve ever heard of (assuming it is his daughter), but at least the girl is okay.

It’s not really significant to the University of Florida at present or the current regime that this happened, but it should be noted that during his time at the school, Grow had some disciplinary issues as well.

He was suspended for an entire year in 1991 and reinstated by the NCAA before the 1992 season began. He played a season each with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Jacksonville Jaguars before bowing out of the National Football League.