TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State junior linebacker Ernie
Sims was arrested early Wednesday for allegedly throwing his
girlfriend to the ground.
Sims, 20, was arrested by Tallahassee Police after the fight
with his live-in girlfriend, Brooke McGriff, who refused to press
charges. He was charged with domestic battery and resisting arrest
without violence, both misdemeanors.
The 6-foot, 225-pound Sims was released from jail after a court
appearance before Leon County Judge Donald S. Mondesitt.
"Our athletic department discipline policy for a misdemeanor
goes into effect with Ernie and he will be subject to that until I
have all the facts," coach Bobby Bowden said in a statement.
Bowden, in most cases, has discretion on misdemeanor cases where
no jail time is involved under the school's code of conduct.
Witnesses told police that at one point Sims "slammed her on
the ground" and straddled the 5-foot-2, 118-pound McGriff as she
lay on the concrete in front of a residence hall near the Florida
As she tried to stand, the player repeatedly shoved her back
onto the ground. Sims remained aggressive when officers arrived,
the police report said.
Sims was "shirtless, drenched in sweat and very animated when I
made contact with him," Tallahassee Police officer Danny Jeter
wrote in the report. Sims later interfered with arresting officers
when he and McGriff tried to walk away from police. He told police
the argument was over a call he received Tuesday from another
Sims, who was the Seminoles' second-leading tackler last season,
is the second starting linebacker to get into trouble with police
in recent months.
The team's top tackler, A.J. Nicholson, had a pair of run-ins
with police in the last six months, including a felony DUI arrest
that could sideline him for the season opener against Miami.
Seminoles quarterback Wyatt Sexton was committed to a local
hospital for psychiatric evaluation after police found him
disheveled and partially clothed on a city street last month doing
push-ups and calling himself God. Sexton's future with the team
hasn't been addressed.