Fall Sports · Football

REPORT: Suspended Gators players could face felony charges by end of week

Kadeem Telfort arrived on the University of Florida campus for the spring semester as an early enrollee in the 2017 recruiting class. Telfort was one of the gems of Florida’s ninth ranked class. He set lofty goals for his freshman year and expected to make an impact along the offensive line.

Telfort is a 6-6 318 lb four-star prospect that was originally committed to Miami before attending camps at Florida. He was the #27 ranked offensive tackle in the recruiting cycle.

Then came the news:

All of a sudden seven players were suspended for what reports called “a misuse of financial aid.”

Two more names would eventually be added to the initial seven just days before the team was to fly to Dallas to take on Michigan in the opener.

Telfort was one of the players suspended in the first group.

We have heard nothing from most of the players since the suspensions were announced. They haven’t attended practice and they haven’t really been seen.

On Monday a report from Trey Wallace and Oliver Connolly of The Read Optional began circulating that several players could be facing felony criminal charges as early as this week per a lawyer for one of the accused. They also state that each player involved could be arrested.

Telfort tweeted the following Monday afternoon:

This tweet could be completely unrelated and head coach Jim McElwain has stated that he won’t just give up on anyone, however it’s timing runs almost identical to the story by The Read Optional.

If this report is true, it seems very likely that several players will see their UF career end. Some of those players, like Telfort, possibly before they ever played a down in a Gators uniform.

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