FSU's Deondre Francois investigated in domestic violence incident, per report

Ross Houston
January 25, 2018

He said the woman had told him she was pregnant but had not provided paperwork to prove it. Francois says he was only acting in attempt to restrain the woman.

His injury is likely one of the major reasons Florida State slipped from a preseason national title contender to a 6-6 regular season record.

Francois disputed his girlfriend's account about the cut and said she sustained it when she broke the vase.


He said she then started ripping her shirt, saying "I'm going to call the cops for domestic violence".

The corresponding officer was unable to establish probable cause to make an arrest for aggravated battery "based on conflicting statements and lack of an independent witness", according to an incident report. She also mentioned to police he had smoked marijuana but didn't want him "to get in trouble". He said she threw a vase across the room and tried to pull a television off the wall, so he tried to stop her by picking her up "like a hug". White corroborated Francois' story, telling police that Francois only touched his girlfriend while trying to prevent her from breaking more items and that any physical actions defensive in nature.

When police spoke with him, he told them that he and a friend had been "relaxing and watching ESPN" when his ex-girlfriend came into the home and started an argument with Francois.


Francois' account, according to police, is that he and FSU running back Zaquandre White, 19, were at the residence when Lindsey walked in and became argumentative. He also acknowledged that his girlfriend had told him she was pregnant, but added that he didn't believe her because she has lied in the past and has shown no signs of being pregnant.

Francois missed most of Florida State's 2017 season after tearing his left patella tendon during a season-opening loss to Alabama.

Francois' injury forced FSU to start freshman James Blackman for the rest of the season.


Florida State Seminoles quarterback Deondre Francois is under investigation for domestic violence. He was the Atlantic Coast Conference freshman of the year in 2016, passing for 3,350 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 13 games.

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