Jaguars DE Dante Fowler facing 3 misdemeanor charges

Charges stem from July incident in Pinellas County

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler has officially been charged with three misdemeanors in connection with a July incident that landed him in jail in St. Petersburg.

According to court documents, Fowler has been charged with battery, criminal mischief and petty theft. His arraignment is set for Sept. 11, which is the day after the Jaguars' first game of the regular season in Houston.

Fowler, 22, was at the Jaguars facility on Monday when the charges were announced, but he was not practicing.

DOCUMENT: Charges filed against Dante Fowler

Fowler was taken into custody about 9 p.m. July 18, booked into the Pinellas County jail and then released about five hours later after posting $650 bond in cash, jail records show.

St. Petersburg police said a witness reported seeing Fowler punch another man, Alvin Trotman, after a brief argument. Trotman was not visibly injured, police said.

Police said that Fowler was driving through the parking lot of the Trellis at the Lakes apartment complex when the victim complained about Fowler's driving, and things escalated when Fowler got out of his vehicle.

A witness told police that Fowler stomped on the victim's glasses after punching him, then threw a bag of groceries with recently purchased liquor into a nearby lake.

"I could have taken the right approach but I took the wrong one and it won't happen again," Fowler said during a public apology. "It was an incident that I've learned from. I just have to realize the situation that I'm in and what's at stake. I have to be better."

While the Jaguars have not announced any discipline for Fowler, head coach Doug Marrone hinted that what the team decides to do may not include a public declaration.

"We handle things internally. You guys know as much information as I do. We're disappointed as an organization," Marrone said. "When we get all the information, we'll make a decision on Fowler as far as discipline."

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