[UPDATE] Former FSU Football Player Accused of Assaulting Pregnant Woman

By: Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro Email
By: Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATED 4.9.2012 by Julie Montanaro

Former FSU football player Tamarick Vanover entered a plea in court this morning that will spare him a felony record.

Vanover was initially charged with felony aggravated battery on his pregnant girlfriend. Court records show that charge was reduced to misdemeanor battery as part of a plea deal.

Court records show Vanover entered a no contest plea to battery this morning. He was sentenced to one year on probation and ordered to attend anger management classes.

The judge allowed peaceful contact with the victim. Prosecutors tell us the couple is still together and she has since given birth to the couple's child.

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UPDATED 12.20.2011 by Julie Montanaro

Former FSU standout and pro football player Tamarick Vanover was arrested early this morning. He's accused of beating his very pregnant girlfriend. Those are accusations the former ball player categorically denies.

Tamarick Vanover's pregnant girlfriend met police at a Circle K on Apalachee Parkway. Arrest reports say she showed up with a gun, a swollen cheek and a cut above her eye.

She told police Vanover charged her and pushed her to the ground. She told police Vanover then climbed to his knees and punched her about seven times.

Neighbors are stunned.

"I think its awful, hopefully she doesnt go back to him," neighbor Katie Coker said.

Vanover's manager and spokesperson said the couple just moved in together last week. She called the girlfriend the aggressor in this fight.

"She was fighting him and he was slapping her hands out of the way, and one of the times he slapped her hands, she fell and that's all that happened. There were no punches, no licks passed," Shay Alexander said, "He absolutely denies that that happened. Ever."

Vanover has since posted $2500 bond and been released from jail.

The football player who wowed Seminole nation in the early 90's and went on to make Monday night football history with the Kansas City Chiefs has been behind bars before on federal charges for his involvement in a stolen car and drug trafficking ring.

Vanover's girlfriend says the gun she turned over to police at the Circle K was his. He claims it was hers. Police were not able to say for sure.

Tallahassee Police released the arrest report this afternoon, but would not comment further on the incident.

A copy of the redacted probable cause is attached to this story.

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Tallahassee, Florida - December 20, 2011 -

Former FSU standout Tamarick Vanover was arrested early this morning and accused of aggravated battery on a pregnant victim.

The probable cause is attached above in PDF format

Court records show he was arrested at about nine o'clock Monday night, made his first appearance before a judge this morning and has already been released on $2500 bond.

The judge ordered him to stay away from the victim, her home and her workplace.

Tamarick Vanover is currently a student at Florida State.

We are still trying to get copies of the arrest report.


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  • by TK on Apr 9, 2012 at 06:22 PM
    It is at all possible to read comments that are not racists, no matter who said what black or white. I really hate to see comments on the news today because it always blace vs white, God does not love one more than the other he loves us all the same, oh and whether u all know it or not heaven or hell you will see the same people there. Let me explain it you go to heaven there will blacks and whites there, and the same if you go to hell. So we need to start getting along now. LORD HELP YOUR CHILDREN!!
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Apr 9, 2012 at 05:17 PM
    Just another "Poor , Misunderstood" Father of 14 , and a woman who uses taxpayer funds to "get her hair did." People who want a decent life , to get jobs , and really need a hand cannot get it , because we are too busy supporting THIS!!! Get a grip.
  • by it'll happen again on Apr 9, 2012 at 01:47 PM
    He'll do it again before it's all over with.
  • by Mark on Apr 9, 2012 at 01:08 PM
    @ State worker--the white mothers are probably single by divorce. The black mothers probably never got married.
  • by BeenThereDoneThat Location: Tally on Apr 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM
    The fact that these two people are still together is no surprise. There is a special dynamic between the battered and the batterer. Telling the woman that she "should get out" does nothing and mean nothing. She is always hoping that he "will change," but the fact that he doesn't doesn't faze the person one iota. She remains in the relationship because she has, like a person on drugs--legal or illegal, become addicted to the relationship. Hope springs eternal for her (or him, if he is the one being battered. Works both ways).
  • by Dee on Apr 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM
    Aren't you taxpayers happy to be funding this irresponsible and dangerous lifestyle? I wonder if alot of these guys beat up on their pregnant girlfriends because they have no desire to be fathers. 75% illegitimate birthrate is nothing to be proud of. What do Al and Jesse have to say about that??
  • by Adam's Apple on Apr 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM
    He will be spared the felony record, but when asked on a job app. if he was ever arrested for a felony he will have to answer yes. Most employers require this information.
  • by Don't Seem Right on Dec 21, 2011 at 07:57 AM
    After reading the police report, there are alot of things to me that doesn't make any sense. If he is beating her, how was she able gather her things and get the gun. Now, if I was the victim in this case and he was hitting me, the moment I got up, I would have ran out the door for help. Why would you be worried about a gun and personal items if you just got beaten? Why would he give you so much time to get your items and the gun if he was the aggressor? IJS Domestic Violence is wrong whether the aggressor is male or female. In this case, it seems like the female. And why would you get the gun and the first thing you say is he is a convicted felon and don't suppose to have a gun. The victim was trying to get him locked up anyways. I don't know them but thats what I got from the report.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 at 10:26 AM in reply to Don't Seem Right
      I agree with you on that too. Something just wasn't added up to the probable cause report.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 at 02:22 PM in reply to
        Pardon, I meant something just wasn't adding up to the girls statement in the probable cause report.
  • by joe on Dec 21, 2011 at 07:26 AM
    Just Trash from the projects. So what if he use to play football.
  • by I don't get it on Dec 21, 2011 at 06:11 AM
    Why would this guy need a "manager" or a "spokesperson"?
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