With the 2017 NFL Draft just days away, most teams’ big boards have been set up and solidified. The rest of the planning from now until draft night is calculating potential moves and trades that may be going on for them or around them.

However, according to a report from Patrick Pinak of Alligator Sports, former Gators defensive tackle, and a prospect who the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have shown interest in, Caleb Brantley, is facing a misdemeanor charge for allegedly striking a woman unconscious during an argument. 

The incident was reported to have happened on the night of April 13th at 2:15 a.m.. The report notes that the defendant (Brantley) and the victim were “engaged in a verbal altercation”. It goes on to say the victim pushed the defendant, and in response, the defendant struck the victim, knocking her unconscious – also knocking out one of her teeth. A witness confirmed this to not be self defense on the part of the defendant and was, in fact, an excessive use of force.

The Buccaneers have shown interest in Brantley multiple times throughout the draft process. They interviewed him formally at the NFL Scouting Combine, and sent defensive line coach, Jay Hayes, to Florida’s Pro Day to get a second look at Brantley as well as talk to him before or after.

Brantley was projected to be an early second round pick. But, with something like this coming out just days before the draft, his stock could fall at an incredible – perhaps even undraftable – rate.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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Steven007
4 years ago

It’s simply incredible how idiotic some of these athletes are. Obviously something like this is idiotic and reprehensible in general, but when you’re one week out from the biggest day of your professional life it just compounds the idiocy. What a knucklehead.

fredster
4 years ago

Wow Another college football moron (Mixon first) that argues with a women and instead of walking away knocked her unconscious and knocks her tooth out? Really nice. Wtf is wrong with these guys?

Naplesfan
Reply to  fredster
4 years ago

It’s probably not any one thing, but several factors come to mind: If the young man is not raised with a father figure in the household, as many of these athletes are, in at least some cases a single mother isn’t able to or motivated to teach their sons how to behave as real men. Also, athletes are held up as hero figures on their campuses, and can do no wrong (often times campus police or local police authorities look the other way or even conspire to cover up prior bad behavior, because the booster would have their jobs if… Read more »

inspecto
4 years ago

well she sure knew how to press his buttons and was smart to do it in a public place.
Women ???

Devasher
Reply to  inspecto
4 years ago

I don’t know what’s worse, your post or the fact that two people actually voted positively for your post.

I also didn’t know that caves had internet connection.

Devasher
Reply to  devasher
4 years ago

Ha, apparently being offended by a post that questions the women who was hit by a 307 pound man gets a negative rating. Now that O’Reilly is off the air what will you watch? LOL

seat26
4 years ago

Goodbye NFL career and Goodbye NFL money. Hello Security guard at Home Depot night shift.

chetthevette
4 years ago

You want fries with that?
Go BUCS

macabee
4 years ago

I wished I never read reports like this or for these types of incidents to happen. I don’t personally know either of these people, but I’m emotionally distressed by the unnecessary need for such displays of anger and rage. I feel sorrow for the young woman because she was physically hurt. I am saddened for Caleb Brantley because now he is damaged goods! This shouldn’t have happened and I can’t say the timing was terrible because there was never a better time for this to happen!

Devasher
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

It’s REALLLLLY hard to feel sad for guys, let alone 300+ pound men, who abuse women. I mean, seriously.

Devasher
4 years ago

It’s like saying “I feel really sorry for that drunk who killed two people in a DUI, because now his life is ruined.” Save your pity for someone who deserves it.

chXmcd
4 years ago

ive seen with my own two eyes a woman beat the hell out of a man that was bigger than him probably because he was afraid of what people would say about him hitting a woman. i hate that its always an after thought that the woman hit him first, its as if no woman should be held accountable for putting hands on a man. its pretty simple if you put hands on another person you should be expecting a reaction. he should have never hit her but she should have never hit him first.

BigSombrero
Reply to  chXmcd
4 years ago

I’m sure he was just standing his ground. Thankfully he wasn’t attacked by any 3rd graders. By the way. women get assault charges all the time. If she attacks him he just has to call the police. Of course, asking for help against a woman who is only 5’6, 120lbs can be embarrassing…not as embarrassing as losing millions for smacking her, but embarrassing.

BigSombrero
4 years ago

What happened to the good ole days when the Bucs picked up premiere defensive linemen whose stock slid due to drug rumors? We can all live with that, right?

I mean Warren Sapp is in the HOF for Pete’s sake!
Noah Spence is set to have a great sophomore season.
Doug Martin is…NOT a defensive lineman unfortunately. Oh well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

drdneast
4 years ago

devahar, well said. For Mixon, I felt a tinge of sympathy because the women not only pushed him once but then hauled off and slugged him. But just to be pushed, unless the person is close to the same size as you or bigger, hardly warrants a punch in the mouth. At the same time. these women better stop watching television and movies where the woman is shown striking a man, sometimes with little provocation, with no repercussions. People should keep their hands off of other people period, to not do so should result in a battery conviction, no matter… Read more »

drdneast
4 years ago

BucWilde02, if convicted this guy is looking at a minimum 6 game suspension. Still, if he lasts until the sixth round, I would grab him.

e
e
4 years ago

I find the timing of these allegations rather suspicious. I think it warrants further investigation and whether this is the same kind of thing that happened last year with La’ell Collins… A potential top 10 pick OT that dropped out the draft completely with a report surfacing about Collins having police trouble the day before the draft… So, he went undrafted and he shot straight over to the Cowboys who he wanted to play for and they signed him. I never heard of anything else regarding his “police” story? Was that all a rouse to end up in Dallas?

FLBoyInDallas
Reply to  e
4 years ago

I might buy your theory except for one glaring detail: La’el Collins was a guaranteed FIRST ROUND PICK. So he’s going to go undrafted, on purpose, and lose many millions that he will NEVER be able to recover even with a nice second contract? All so he can choose his own team? That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. That would be like me choosing between two employers and taking 1/10th the pay I could’ve received just so I don’t have to drive a little further to work. Are you kidding me?

e
e
Reply to  FLBoyInDallas
4 years ago

Did anyone ever hear about the what happened to his “police story” after the draft? Yes, it doesn’t seem logical to lose millions of dollars, but then again, we’re talking about NFL players that throw away millions of dollars to kill an acquaintance (Hernandez) or punch out a girlfriend in an elevator. So, no, I’m not kidding you.

Naplesfan
Reply to  e
4 years ago

So let me get this straight – you believe it is suspicious that the fact that this 300+ pound defensive lineman knocked out a woman half his size came out now, in time for NFL teams to take that into account in their draft decisions?

So you would prefer that an NFL team, including quite possibly the Bucs, would be better off learning of this AFTER the draft?

Really?

FLBoyInDallas
4 years ago

There were two obviously wrong people in this Brantley story: the man and the woman. The problem for Brantley is that to whom much is given (in gender, size, strength and professional status), much is required. No one expects much from a 120lb trashy woman who’s out at 2am doing who knows what, especially with the type of character that goes around screaming and hitting people. However, for a guy who’s biggest day of his life is just around the corner and who has everything to lose, and who’s physically (and soon to be financially) gifted, and who by now… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  FLBoyInDallas
4 years ago

So in your world, only “trashy” women are out at 2 am in the morning … but apparently that standard does not apply to males?

And some of you guys wonder why women spend so much of their time shaking their heads at the misogynistic attitudes of men.

SMH

Bmore.Buc
4 years ago

Honestly I feel sorry for the kid, and that’s exactly what he is. Now I want to preface these next comments by saying in no way shape or form do I condone his actions regardless of what the young lady did or said. With that being said, I think it’s important that we all look at situations like this not from a football enthusiast point of view, but one that can empathize. Being someone who works with youth as a profession, I can assure you this action is deep rooted and has other origins, behaviors, demons, and abuse behind it.… Read more »

Buc 1976
4 years ago

By,By $$$

Garv
4 years ago

How is punching a woman half his size in the face, knocking her unconscious while taking out one of her teeth a misdemeanor?
Oh well. No way the Buccaneers draft this guy now. If they are going to play it safe character wise as has been speculated it isn’t going to happen, even in round seven.

mbonus
4 years ago

“After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down.
After midnight, we’re gonna chug-a-lug and shout.
We’re gonna stimulate some action;
We’re gonna get some satisfaction.
We’re gonna find out what it is all about.”

Nothing good happens after midnight…

chetthevette
Reply to  mbonus
4 years ago

Clapton !!! I did it.
GO BUCS

chetthevette
Reply to  chetthevette
4 years ago

I meant I dig it. Just can’t typw ang spelling seems yto be an issue.
GO BUCS

Garv
Reply to  chetthevette
4 years ago

JJ Cale. Eric covered it. JJ’s version was better too, no knock on Eric.

chetthevette
4 years ago

We seem to be spending a lot of time discussing violence on women. It’s is now apparent to me that these kids are just plain stupid and you can’t fix that. I can picture his mother beating him with a broom screaming ” how could you be so stupid I wanted a new house”.
Sad that this guy was actually in college and is a complete dolt.
GO BUCS

Gulfstrings
4 years ago

His agent will spin this like Neptune and teams that “want” him may find a reason to believe. Personally, I believe any man that strikes a woman (this was no slap) will feel regret for his actions, but only because of how it affects him … not her.

Pass, please.

magoobee
4 years ago

Brantley will be drafted.

Remember —

Tyreek Hill who was kicked off Oklahoma State’s team on Dec. 12, 2014, after he was arrested and accused of punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend was a 5th round draft pick by KC.

And that was the team where Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend and fatally shot himself in the parking lot of the team training facility.

drdneast
4 years ago

As Booger McFarland said about good players with legal and character issues, “If he is good enough he is going to play for someone.”
Count on it.
Short of being found in bed with a dead woman or a little boy, Jerry Jones will draft anyone.

bucballer
4 years ago

The biggest problem with this story is… it’s not surprising. This is more than a Caleb Brantley story, it’s reflective of a bigger problem within the young population and their inability to follow the most basic tenets of life… one being don’t hit girls… which I believe we learned in 2nd Grade. It’s a complete breakdown of moral and common sense principles. In the end… in a lot of these cases… it comes down to respect. Respect for self and others. Unfortunately, many young men sit in our national prisons as a result of feeling disrespected. These young people fail… Read more »

SappAttack
4 years ago

it’s not surprising that most of these guys are football players as opposed baseball players etc. they hit people for a living. they are also filled with a bunch of supplements that make them act like

SappAttack
4 years ago

animals