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FIU running back played a full season while wanted on a domestic violence charge

Shawndarrius Phillips in his current Broward Sheriff’s Office mugshot.
Shawndarrius Phillips in his current Broward Sheriff’s Office mugshot.

Wednesday’s arrest of FIU running back Shawndarrius Phillips on a domestic battery by strangulation charge came more than three months after a Broward County court issued a warrant for Phillips’ arrest.

That means Phillips played 11 games, five of which he started, as a man wanted in the next county. “Broward Sheriff’s Office arrested the 21-year-old in Pembroke Park Wednesday. According to FIUSports.com, he’s still on the roster as of Thursday night for FIU’s Dec. 21 Bahamas Bowl game against Toledo.

An FIU spokesman, reached Thursday night, said the program had no comment on Phillips’ current status or whether anyone with the football program knew about the incident. Phillips posted $6,000 bond Thursday.

The probable cause affidavit says Phillips’ ex-girlfriend called the Broward Sheriff’s Office on June 17. She said a discussion about who she was dating a month after their breakup turned physical when Phillips, who lists at 5-foot-10 and 225 pounds, began choking her with his right hand.

As she struggled to speak or even breathe, she said, “Phillips got her on her feet and walked her back towards his couch until she fell back on the couch,” according to the affidavit.

Scratching his hand, she said, did no good and he remained atop her. She claimed Phillips got off her, saying, “Don’t you ever speak to me or my family again.” He then ordered her out, saying, “If you don’t leave, I’m going to break your jaw.”

The deputy who took the report said she had scratch marks on the left side of her neck, just below the ear. The warrant for Phillips’ arrest was issued Aug. 24.

Phillips ran for 393 yards and four touchdowns on 94 carries this season, his junior year at FIU. He led FIU’s running back rotation after running back Anthony Jones was shot in an Opa-locka drive-by shooting after the first game of the season.

Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.

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