FSU player arrested for alleged domestic violence, booted from team

Author: Associated Press
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State dismissed senior running back Mario Pender from the team following his arrest Saturday.

Pender, a red-shirt senior from Cape Coral, was arrested by Tallahassee police for domestic violence by strangulation and resisting an officer without violence. He was released from Leon County jail after posting $500 bond.

Pender played in only three games last season before missing the rest of the year because of a collapsed lung suffered during practice. He did not participate in spring drills.

Florida State’s athletic department had no further comment in announcing Pender’s dismissal. Pender’s career has been beset by injuries and off-field incidents. He was redshirted in 2012, was academically ineligible the following year and missed five games in 2014 because of a concussion and ankle injury.

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