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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Starting defensive end Jermaine Cunningham and former linebacker Jon Demps were arrested just before 3 a.m. Wednesday on misdemeanor battery charges, according to an Alachua County Police Report. As of 11:30 this morning they both are still in jail.

Demps and Cunningham began to cause a disturbance after being told that they needed to pay for a bag of potato chips at Jimmy John's sandwich shop on University Avenue, according to the report. They then became verbally abusive and began throwing objects, including hitting the employee with empty soda cups, according to the report.

According to a Jimmy John's employee, the athletes ordered two sandwiches, but only asked for one bag of chips. The athletes claimed they asked for two bags of chips, and eventually did pay for both. However, they then started cursing and throwing cups and plastic gloves at the employee. The employee said Demps threw a sandwich at his face.

"They started cursing," the employee said. "Pretty much provoking us to fight them."

The store then locked its doors and called the police, but when the players left and the doors were locked the players started jumping up and down outside the windows, the employee said.

The players then ran on to campus before police arrived, but were apprehended a short time later after the employee identified both of them.

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