Seminoles dismissing starting QB Francois

Florida State has dismissed quarterback Deondre Francois from the football team, coach Willie Taggart confirmed on Sunday.
“Last night, I informed Deondre Francois that he is no longer a member of the Florida State football program,” Taggart said in a prepared statement. “As we build a new culture and foundation for FSU Football, we have high expectations for all of our student-athletes and we will not shy away from those high standards of conduct. We are moving forward as a program.”
The action came after a woman who identified herself as Francois’ girlfriend accused him of abusing her. She posted a video to Instagram in which a man, who wasn’t shown, could be heard making threats. The camera is pointed at the ceiling, and a woman is heard asking the man to stop hitting her.

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“Throw it again so I can beat your ass,” the man says. “… F— you, I’m going to hit you in your face every f—ing time.”
The woman wrote the following to accompany the video:
“For 2 years I have been in a domestic situation with (Francois). I thought I loved him and thought he could change for the better but it has gotten worse. I lost my first child because of all of the beating and I suffer from post Partum (sic) depression. The situation is taking a toll on my life. Yes, I stayed after that because I was stupid and blinded by love. This isn’t love. You are a coward and this isn’t right. Just because you are who you are that doesn’t give you the right to put your hands on a woman ever!!!”
The video later was deleted from Instagram.
Francois has been accused of domestic violence before. In the previous case from January 2018, a pregnant woman who shared a home with him said he threw her to the ground. Because of conflicting statements, no arrest was made.
It is unknown whether the two allegations came from the same women.
Francois came to Florida State as a four-star recruit in the Class of 2015. He redshirted that season and became the starting quarterback in 2016. In the first game of the 2017 season, against Alabama, he suffered a broken kneecap.
He struggled in 2018 as he got used to Taggart’s offense and was expected to compete in the upcoming season with junior James Blackman, who replaced Francois in 2017.
In his Florida State career, Francois completed 58 percent of his passes for 6,291 yards with 36 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. He added eight rushing touchdowns.
–Field Level Media

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