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FSU QB Deondre Francois under investigation for alleged domestic violence

Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois was named in a domestic disturbance investigation.
Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois was named in a domestic disturbance investigation. AP

Florida State University quarterback Deondre Francois, who played his senior season at IMG Academy, is under investigation for alleged domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

However, no arrests have been made as there are conflicting statements regarding the incident.

It happened around 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Tallahassee Police Department report the Democrat obtained, when Francois and the woman, who told him she was pregnant, got into an argument, the Democrat reported.

They were at Francois’ home, and both had a different account of what happened.

The Democrat reported Francois called the police after he and a friend were hanging out at his home when the woman arrived and began breaking things inside the home.

That included an attempt to rip a TV off the wall during their argument.

The woman’s account, according to the Democrat, is Francois became upset over a friend of his trying to talk to her. The TPD report states she said he broke down the bedroom door, picked her up and threw her on the ground.

That cut her forearm and then Francois kicked her out of the house.

“She advised me she did not want Francois to get in ‘trouble trouble,’ but she did want me to speak with him and scare him a little,” officers wrote in the report.

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Deondre Francois played one season at IMG Academy in Bradenton before heading to Florida State. John Bazemore AP

She also said Francois “smoked weed earlier,” in the report.

The cut, Francois told police, came from a vase she’d broken during the fight. The report states Francois said he grabbed her in a hug to attempt her from breaking more items in the home.

Francois’ friend Zaquandre White confirmed his account, according to the Democrat.

“While it is a pending investigation, it is confidential and we aren’t going to comment on it,” State Attorney Jack Campbell told the Democrat.

It is the Bradenton Herald’s policy not to name domestic violence victims.

An Orlando native, Francois battled IMG Academy as a junior at Olympia High. He transferred to the Bradenton private sports academy for his senior year, and waited until National Signing Day before choosing FSU.

Francois redshirted before starting all 13 games in 2016 en route to garnering ACC Rookie of the Year honors. This past season, Francois tore a patellar tendon during a season-opening loss to Alabama.

That injury cost Francois the rest of the season.

The Tampa Bay Times reported coaches praised Francois’ toughness and poise in high-pressure situations.

In his absence, James Blackman started as a true freshman.

Francois and Blackman figured to compete for the starting job under new head coach Willie Taggart, a Manatee High alumnus, this spring.

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