PFT – Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler spent some of his final hours before the start of training camp in police custody. Fowler was arrested on Tuesday night in St. Petersburg, Florida and booked into jail shortly after 9 p.m. Per a report from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Fowler was charged with simple battery and criminal mischief. He was bonded out of jail early on Wednesday morning.
Coming out of Florida in 2015, Dante Fowler Jr. was expected to be an impact edge rusher in the mold of Demarcus Ware and James Harrison. He tore his ACL his rookie season, which of course is not his fault. Following the injury, it was noted he really worked his ass off to come back. Fowler’s real rookie season last year was ho hum, registering 32 tackles and 4 sacks as a situational pass rusher. Basically after two seasons not befitting a 3rd overall pick, he definitely was heading into the 2017 season with something prove in a major way.
Welllll, things haven’t gotten off to a great start. Apparently last night Fowler was driving around an apartment complex like kind of a dick. When a passerby told him to cut the shit, the 6’3 260lb Fowler knocked off and stomped the guy’s glasses, then took his bag of freshly purchased booze and tossed it in a nearby lake.
Now, why the hell there is a lake so close to an apartment building is beyond me. An entire complex must be riddled with all sorts of small children and more importantly dogs that could potentially fall in said lake. Also this is Florida we’re talking about. I’m pretty sure any and every lake in Florida is teeming with alligators and anacondas and piranhas and other vicious creatures that could eat people. Combine that with the average intelligence of a Floridian and I’m surprised there isn’t a weekly bloodbath at this quaint little village.
So basically there is no excuse for what Fowler did. Imagine coming home after a hard day’s work, and strolling to the nearby packy to pick up some refreshments to enjoy while watching the game, only to have some donut-spinning asshole smack your spectacles off your head and then hurl your day’s reward into deathmonster infested lake you’ve carefully avoided your whole life. Just soul crushing. The Jags should not only cut Fowler, but the league should suspend him until he dives in there and retrieves that booze.
PS: It’s now coming out that Fowler had a previously unreported arrest for assaulting a cop that got brushed under the rug. Not looking great for the kid.