FSU quarterback investigated in domestic violence incident

Deondre Francois was involved in a domestic violence incident Tuesday night
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Tallahassee police have closed a domestic violence case involving FSU quarterback, Deondre Francois.

TPD began its investigation Tuesday evening. Francois called the police after an argument with his girlfriend, 23-year-old Diamond Lindsey, became physical. According to CNN and other media outlets, the police report says that  Francois said Lindsey locked herself in his room and was “breaking things and tearing up his room.”

Francois told police he picked Lindsey up when she tried to remove a television from the wall in their home. He said she received the injury to her forearm after breaking a vase in the apartment.

Francois’ girlfriend gave a vastly different account on the situation. She told police that he became angry with her over a friend attempted to “talk to” her. She then said that Francois knocked down a door, threw her on the ground, which cut her forearm, and tried to kick her out of their off-campus apartment.

Zaquandre White, running back for FSU, was with Francois during the time of the incident and gave a written statement to police corroborating his teammate’s story. White told police that Lindsey threw glasses everywhere in the apartment and then threw the vase, which caused the injury.

Officer Tri Dinh wrote, “Based on the conflicting statements and lack of independent witnesses, I was unable to establish probable cause to make the arrest for battery.” Lindsey did not want to press charges against Francois because she did not want the quarterback to get into “trouble,” according to the report. She said that that she just wanted Officer Dinh to speak to him.

Lindsey said she was nine-weeks pregnant with Francois’ child but could not provide documentation of the claim. She stated that she told Francois prior to the argument, however Francois told the police that he did not believe she was pregnant.  

Deondre Francois is a 20-year-old redshirt sophomore who injured his knee in the season opening game against Alabama. This injury caused him to be out the entire season. In his absence, James Blackman started 12 games for the Seminoles. Blackman and Francois are expected to go up against one another for the 2018 starting quarterback spot.