Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. arrested in St. Petersburg

Posted at 11:27 AM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 04:35:50-04

St. Petersburg police arrested Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. on battery charges Tuesday.

Officers say at 6:30 p.m. a man walking in the Lakes apartment complex, located at 11150 Fourth Street North, made a comment to Fowler about his driving.

Police say the 22-year-old Fowler got out of his car and exchanged words with the man.


Authorities say moments later Fowler hit the man and knocked off his glasses and then stepped on them. Fowler then took the victim's grocery bag, which contained a bottle of liquor, and threw it in a lake.

Officers say the victim did not suffer an injury.

Police responded to the scene and arrested Fowler without incident for misdemeanor simple battery and criminal mischief.

Fowler walked out of jail at 1:43 a.m. Wednesday after paying a $650 bond.

Fowler was born in St. Petersburg and attended Lakewood High School where he was a two-sport star in football and track, where he competed as a shot putter.

He attended the University of Florida for two years where he played football. He earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors in 2013 and first-team All-Southeastern Conference in 2014.

The Jaguars drafted him with the third overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.