The Tallahassee Democrat is reporting that FSU offensive lineman Ira Denson was arrested Tuesday night on charges of illegal use of a credit card and petty theft. He is alleged to have stolen running back Mario Pender’s credit card and to have used it to purchase shoes.
Denson [says the probable cause affadavit] was injured at the time and was only allowed to practice for a short time each day. Denson would leave practice early and go to the locker room before the other players, court documents said.
Pender told Tallahassee police there were three unauthorized charges on the card last December, one for five dollars at a gas station and two others at local shoe stores — one at Champs for 134.36 and another at Foot Locker for 362.
Surveillance equipment at those stores caught Denson with another man purchasing shoes on the day of the unauthorized charges.
Denson posted bail shortly before 7:30 AM on Wednesday.
It was not likely the Denson would have made a major impact this season — in fact he is currently off the team after his involvement in a December shooting that stemmed from this incident — and the rift this will undoubtedly cause with teammates could potentially end his Florida State career. It is unlikely that he will be immediately welcomed back into the locker room should Fisher ever allow him to return. The Seminoles like to refer to themselves as a group of brothers and stealing from a teammate is sure to violate that bond.
Back at the end of the football season Jacksonville radio host Rick Ballou commented that Denson had broken the trust of his teammates and would have a long way to go to redeem himself. This is, in all likelihood, is some of what he was referring to.
The additional headache in all of this will be for Florida State fans. Rival fan-bases were already known to refer to Florida State sarcastically as ‘Free Shoes University,’ — a nod to the late 90’s scandal that got Laverneus Coles kicked out and Peter Warrick suspended — and this latest incident is sure to stir that back up.
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