Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley and running back Adam Lane were cited for leaving Splitz Bowling Alley without paying their tabs July 4, as first reported by Neil Shulman at In All Kinds of Weather.
Brantley and Lane were each charged with defrauding an innkeeper of under 300 dollars, a second-degree misdemeanor.
Warrant affadavits entered into public record by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office on July 22 state that Brantley and Lane arrived at Splitz at approximately 8:55 p.m. on July 4, then left at approximately 9:45 p.m. without paying tabs — Brantley's was $42.34, Lane's was $16.93 — for miscellaneous food items. (Splitz is also home to The Thirsty Gator, a bar and grill.)
Brantley's report is dated July 6. In it, ACSO deputy Michael Griffeth writes that Brantley was identified "during personal contact with him," and states, after being read his Miranda rights, that he had been at Splitz and walked out without paying. Brantley additionally told Griffen that Lane and a third person had been with him at Splitz and left without paying.
Lane's report is dated July 10. In it, ASCO deputy Carlos Casanova writes that Lane was positively identified by a witness from a photo lineup, and lists three other people — including Brantley, the other person named by Brantley, and a person sharing the surname of the person named by Brantley — as suspects.
In both reports, it is noted that surveillance cameras recorded both Brantley and Lane leaving Splitz at approximately 9:45 p.m. on July 4. The reports also list the exact time of the incident as 10:41 p.m., which would suggest Splitz wasted little time in contacting the police.
A search of Alachua County court records reveals no open or closed cases related to this incident against either of the people identified as other suspects in Lane's warrant affadavit. One wonders if that might have something to do with this Brantley tweet from noon on Saturday:
The truth always get left out of these stories somehow lol
— Caleb Brantley (@RichYungg57) July 25, 2015
Much of the substance of the crimes committed here is very similar to the one committed by Jameis Winston in his petty theft of seafood from Publix in April 2014: Both involved sums of money under $50, and football players leaving an establishment without paying for food. (I'd suggest that the specific circumstances of Winston's crime — i.e. stealing crab legs, as first noted by Alligator Army contributor Jean Shorts Torture — are significantly more amusing, especially for Internet mockery purposes; Winston also later said he got the food as a hookup, and there's no indication of that here.)
Winston was technically never charged with a crime, thanks to Leon County's adult civil citation program, but was briefly suspended from Florida State's baseball team and had to complete a community service requirement to comply with the terms of his civil citation; once that community service was complete, he was reinstated. For Brantley and Lane, who stand accused of doing a stupid but ultimately harmless thing, that sort of minimal suspension combined with an actual legal punishment (likely community service and restitution) would also seem sufficient.(Update, 2:53 p.m. Saturday: Shulman reports that a source tells him Lane has settled his tab.)
That, and a whole lot of extra conditioning. (It worked for Antonio Morrison.)
Update, 4:30 p.m. Saturday: Florida speaks, via team spokesman Steve McClain, to Kevin Brockway:
Florida spokesman Steve McClain, on Brantley/Lane citations, "we have been aware of the situation for some time and it has been dealt with."
— Kevin Brockway (@gatorhoops) July 25, 2015