The 6-foot-3, 307-pound Brantley has been projected as an early-round pick in the NFL draft, which begins Thursday evening.
According to the police report, Brantley argued with the victim after he reportedly made crude comments to her. The woman pushed Brantley, and he reacted by punching the 5’6, 120-pound woman in the face. The woman lost consciousness and suffered dental injuries that will require a root canal to repair.
According to a sworn complaint obtained by ESPN from the Alachua County Clerk of the Court in Gainesville, Florida, a woman told police that the 6-foot-2, 307-pound Brantley made crude comments toward her during an argument at a bar on April 13, and she then pushed him. The complaint said Brantley responded by "striking [her] in the face, knocking her unconscious."
Initially, Brantley told law enforcement that he was the victim and that the woman had hit him in the face, and that he had simply shoved her, according to 247Sports’ Thomas Goldkamp. Two witnesses gave statements to the police that contradicted Brantley’s, and the second witness identified Brantley in a photo lineup.
The police report states that Brantley’s “use of force was clearly out of retaliation and not self defense,” and that the force Brantley used “far exceeded what was reasonable or necessary” in that situation.
So, he wasn't slapped but pushed? The story keeps morphing. Brantley knew her, he doesn't know her. If they had a romantic history, that puts another spin on it. He pushed her or he punched her? Now the original police report is in contention as falsified? What a mess. Both should be arrested.