GAINESVILLE, FL -- A senior defensive back for the Florida Gators is facing burglary charges, just days before Florida's showdown with #1 LSU.
Gainesville Police arrested Earl "Tony" Joiner, 21, early Tuesday morning outside a towing yard.
Investigators say Joiner was trying to get his girlfriend's car out of Watson's Towing on SW 1st Street.
Witnesses told police a man pushed open the heavy gate surrounding the fenced yard, which was not open at the time. The man got into a car and tried to drive away without paying the $76 towing bill.
A police officer heard the suspect, identified as Joiner, tell someone on a cell phone, "I am probably about to go to jail, cuz I did push the gate open."
Joiner has been released on his own recognizance.
Coach Urban Meyer syas Joiner won't be at practice until all the facts come out in the case. His status for Saturday's game against LSU hasn't been determined.
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