The case against at least one of the University of Miami football players arrested on Wednesday night will not be prosecuted by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office — with the other player expected to get the same resolution when he goes to court.
Trevor Darling and Jahair Jones were arrested in Miami Beach for “resisting officer without violence,’’ according to the arrest affidavits obtained by The Miami Herald.
One of the players, Jones, who spent the night at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, appeared in misdemeanor bond court Thursday and had the case dropped.
“They determined the arrest form was legally insufficient to substantiate the criminal charge,” Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office spokesman Ed Griffith told the Herald on Thursday.
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In other words, the legal terminology used for the charge was incorrect.
But because Darling bonded out, he did not appear in court Thursday. He will likely get the same result when he appears in court for the same case. The case has not yet been scheduled by the Office of the Clerk of the Court.
Both players are offensive linemen, and one of them — 6-5, 320-pound Darling — was the starting left tackle for all 13 games in 2015.
The arrest affidavit for Jones said both men were arrested at 7:35 p.m. in “the middle of the roadway” of the 100 block of Eighth Street in Miami Beach “impeding traffic and placed themselves in a dangerous situation. The defendants were given orders to remove themselves from the roadway’’ by two officers “who were in full police uniform. The defendant and co-defendant refused to move and completely ignored the sergeant’s commands to move on seven occasions.
“The defendants were arrested and removed from the roadway. Once in custody, the defendant [Jahair Jones] acknowledged he was being asked to move, yet he refused to move after being asked several times.’’
Darling’s arrest affidavit said the sergeant give him “five lawful orders to remove himself from the middle of the roadway. The defendant was impeding traffic and was a safety hazard to himself and others. …The defendant also refused to obey two lawful orders… The defendant was arrested without incident. Once in custody the defendant stated that he was in fact ordered by a law enforcement officer to remove himself from the roadway but continued not to follow orders.’’
“I am aware of the reported incident involving two student-athletes last night and we are still gathering information,’’ UM athletic director Blake James said in a written statement. “I have very high expectations for all of our student-athletes, as I know Coach [Mark] Richt does for his team, and any misconduct will be addressed.’’
Darling, 20, who will be a junior next season, is a graduate of Miami Central High School. He blocked the blind side for star Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya. His position is considered one of the most important, if not the most important, on the offense besides the quarterback.
Jones, 19, listed on the UM roster as 6-4 and 320 pounds, is on the police report as 6-0 and 263. He transferred to UM early last year from ASA College in New York and will be a redshirt sophomore next season.
UM begins spring football practice Tuesday.
Miami Herald staff writer Charles Rabin contributed to this report.