GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida safety Tony Joiner practiced
Wednesday, one day after he was charged with felony burglary for
allegedly trying to take his girlfriend's car out of a towing
company's impound lot.
Coach Urban Meyer stripped Joiner of his captain's status and
said the senior starter has not been cleared to play Saturday at
Meyer said Joiner would not see the field as long as he is
charged with a felony.
"I'm dealing with the facts that I know and that's he was out
at the ridiculous time of the day and that's not what I expect out
of a captain," Meyer said. "So as of now, he's not a captain at
the University of Florida. Any further disciplinary action is going
to be a result of what I find out on the legal side of it."
Joiner walked off the practice field with his head down and was
off limits to reporters.
Meyer said sophomore Dorian Munroe would start in place of
Joiner against the Tigers.
Although the felony charge could be reduced to misdemeanor
trespassing, Joiner's case could take several days or maybe even a
couple of weeks to work its way through the state attorney's
Joiner was arrested around 5 a.m. Tuesday outside the fenced
impound lot, Gainesville police said.
The owner of the property called the whole thing a
misunderstanding, saying Joiner had arranged to pay the $76 towing
bill and pick up the car. But when no one was there to help Joiner,
police said, he pushed a heavy electric gate open, got into the car
and started to drive off.
Joiner stopped to close the gate and was confronted by a
witness, who then called police. Teammate and fellow safety Kyle
Jackson was waiting outside the gate, but was not arrested.
Joiner was the eighth Florida player arrested in the last seven
His arrest also came two days after three teammates were
questioned about a shooting outside a downtown nightclub. The
players were not considered suspects. Their names were given to
police as people who may have witnessed the early Sunday morning
shooting, which happened several hours after the Gators lost 20-17