The Florida Gator football team has been in the news a lot this offseason, mostly for unpleasant reasons. From Antonio Morrison allegedly punching a bouncer earlier this month to ex-Gator Aaron Hernandez being charged for murder, a lot of questions have been raised about the discipline and character of Gator football players.
Now, there’s another story to add to the fray.Grant Van Aman’s mugshot after a DUI arrest early Saturday morning. Van Aman, 19, is a walk-on punter on the Gators football team.
According to a Gainesville Police Department report, walk-on punter Grant Van Aman was arrested early Saturday morning for driving under the influence. Not only driving under the influence, though, but driving under the influence on a red motor scooter.
The walk-on redshirt freshman allegedly ran a stop sign on his scooter right in front of a Gainesville police officer who was preparing to pull into the intersection. Van Aman spotted the police car, swerved and almost dropped his scooter, according to the report.
After he steadied the bike, he allegedly pulled out his cell phone and began driving again. The officer turned on his lights and tailed him into a UF parking garage.
The officer noted “a very strong odor of alcoholic beverages” and described Van Aman’s eyes as “watery, bloodshot and extremely dilated.” Van Aman, who turns 20 in September, refused multiple sobriety tests, told officers he had never been to Gainesville before and denied drinking earlier in the night at Fat Daddy’s Bar, where he admitted to being.
He was reportedly booked at Alachua County Jail around 4:30 a.m. later that morning.
Van Aman wasn’t likely to contend with junior Kyle Christy for the starting punter position this fall anyways, but this is still a sad story about another young athlete. Van Aman’s discipline will likely be handled internally by coach Will Muschamp and the Gators.
The arrests have been coming in hot this summer for the Gators, and Muschamp and Co. have to be hoping it will slow down so they can prepare to play again.
The program is not in turmoil, but there are a few dark clouds forming over Ben Hill Griffins Stadium right now.
Check back in later for the week-long forecast.