Ex-Florida State QB Deondre Francois spared charges

By Chaunte'L Powell
Orlando Sentinel
Deondre Francois

Tallahassee, Fla. — Tallahassee police said Monday they do not have enough evidence to pursue domestic-violence charges against former FSU quarterback Deondre Francois because no one has come forward to file a complaint against him.

A message posted Monday on the Instagram account of Francois’ ex-girlfriend states the football player never hit her and included an apology to both Francois and his family for the pain she caused them. The message has since been deleted.

Francois was dismissed from FSU football team Sunday after a separate Instagram post on his ex-girlfriend’s account alleged she had been in an abusive relationship with him for two years.

The post, which was deleted hours after it was posted Saturday night, included a video that did not show anyone on the screen but featured the voice of a woman begging a man to stop hitting her.

TPD spokesman Damon Miller Jr. said police learned of the Instagram video Saturday with a caption that stated a woman suffered a miscarriage as a result of Francois’ abusive actions.

In a post Monday, the woman appeared to walk back her claims of abuse. A statement posted on her Instagram account read, “the video was made to look like something it wasn’t. Deondre has never struck me with his hand or fist. He has never bruised me, but has abused me verbally. If it was actually serious, I would have taken legal action instead of making a Instagram post.”

She added she was seeking attention and closure after their breakup and “had no clue the video was that serious and would go viral to the point that he’d be dismissed.”

Francois was involved in another incident with his then-pregnant girlfriend on Jan. 24, 2018, which Miller said is TPD’s most recent investigation into the quarterback.

Francois called 911 to report a woman was breaking things in his apartment and refused to leave, while the woman described Francois throwing her to the ground and trying to drag her out of the apartment. She told police she was nine weeks pregnant and said she did not want Francois to get in “trouble, trouble.” But she did want the police to speak with Francois to “scare him a little,” according to an incident report.

The woman declined to press charges against Francois and Miller said she never gave police video of an altercation with the quarterback.

“Again, I don’t know if the video that was shown Saturday was taken the day of the (January) incident,” Miller said “I’m not sure. There’s no timestamp and, again, nothing has been presented to the police department.”

Miller also noted that no one from FSU has reached out either.

“We have not talked with the coach and again, she has not come forward and talked with us either,” he said.

Beyond the domestic disputes, Francois had at least one other legal issue.

He was previously cited for marijuana possession in the apartment he shared with his girlfriend. He was under surveillance by TPD leading up to the arrest because a tip led police to believe Francois might be dealing marijuana. He ultimately was solely charged for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and was allowed to enter a diversion program for first-time offenders.

On Monday afternoon, Brett McMurphy of Stadium Network reported Francois has entered the NCAA transfer portal.