Florida kicker facing misdemeanor charges – Florida Times-Union
GAINESVILLE | Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro could face a pair of misdemeanor charges after police said he caused nearly $800 in damages to two scooters, according to Alachua County court records.
Pineiro’s status for Saturday’s game against LSU won’t be affected and he’s likely to play, according to UAA spokesman Steve McClain.
“We have been aware and it has been handled,” McClain said.
At about 2 p.m. on Nov. 7, witnesses told University Police they saw Pineiro push over two scooters at a scooter parking lot on the University of Florida campus. He then kicked both scooters, ripped off the side mirrors and drove off on his own scooter, according to a sworn complaint filed that day.
Police later contacted Pineiro at an unspecified date and time, in which he told police he pushed over the two scooters, according to the report.
The two charges Pineiro faces are a first degree misdemeanor of criminal mischief for property damage between $200 and $1,000, and a second degree misdemeanor of criminal mischief for property damage less than $200.
On Wednesday, head coach Jim McElwain said he was unaware of any incident that would hold his kicker out of play this weekend. UF’s second-year coach was asked about rumors regarding Pineiro that made rounds on message boards.
“I’m planning on (Pineiro playing),” McElwain said. “Did he do something?”
Pineiro has also been practicing regularly with the team, and did so on Wednesday.
“He kicked the heck out of it today,” McElwain said during his Wednesday press conference. “Made it rain a couple times.”
A redshirt sophomore from Miami, Pineiro has been strong in his first year for the Gators. His 76.5 field goal percentage ranks sixth in the SEC and his three field goals from 50 or more yards is tied for first