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Player involved in credit card scandal violates pre-trial intervention terms

<p>Florida defensive lineman Keivonnis Davis did not play in 2017 following an indefinite suspension from then-head coach Jim McElwain. </p>

Florida defensive lineman Keivonnis Davis did not play in 2017 following an indefinite suspension from then-head coach Jim McElwain. 

Florida defensive lineman Keivonnis Davis’ status with UF’s football team remains unclear after he violated three parts of his pre-trial intervention agreement for his alleged involvement in a 2017 credit card scandal.

The Florida Department of Corrections filed a letter with a signature from his probation officer on March 20 citing that Davis still hasn’t fulfilled three specific requirements from the agreement.

The first part cited Davis’ failure to complete 50 hours of community service. According to the letter, Davis was reminded on Jan. 26 of the requirement and how to complete it. As of March 19, he hadn’t done any community service.

The second violation was a failure to make court cost payments to the probation officer. Davis owed $139.62 at the time of the letter’s filing, and it is unclear whether he has paid it off yet.

The final point mentioned alleged drug use. As part of the agreement, Davis had to “live without violating any law,” according to the letter. On March 12, he was found with marijuana and later admitted to using the drug.

The letter ended with the probation officer requesting Davis be allowed to continue with the pre-trial intervention program, despite violating three of its terms. While the case appears to closed on the Alachua County Clerk of Court’s website, his status in the pre-trial intervention program has not been resolved.

The past nine months have not been easy for Davis.

On Aug. 13 — nearly three weeks before Florida’s 2017 season opener against Michigan — seven players, including Davis, were suspended indefinitely for alleged credit card fraud. The defensive lineman had faced two possible third-degree felony charges.

Davis was then involved in a scooter accident a month later that left him hospitalized. He underwent multiple surgeries as a result.

Those incidents occurred under former head coach Jim McElwain. When current head coach Dan Mullen took over the program, he reinstated Davis along with four other players to the team.

“All of our players understand the standards and expectations we have of them to be members of the Florida football program,” Mullen said in a statement.

Despite being back on the team, Davis is still dealing with injuries from the scooter accident. UF defensive line coach Sal Sunseri said he is unsure when Davis will be back at practice.

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Before spring practices began, Mullen said Davis was starting to work out, although he wasn’t able to fully participate in team activities. The redshirt junior was at Florida’s first scrimmage on March 30 and was stretching with the team, but ultimately sat out the practice. It is unclear if the violations in the pre-trial agreement will further delay Davis’ return to the field.

Follow Jake Dreilinger on Twitter @DreilingerJake and contact him at jdreilinger@alligator.org.

Florida defensive lineman Keivonnis Davis did not play in 2017 following an indefinite suspension from then-head coach Jim McElwain. 

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