Florida State’s list of available receivers continues to dwindle. Richard Goodman, a senior receiver for the Seminoles, was arrested by Florida State University police Tuesday night and charged with aggravated battery, a felony. He was released on $1,000 bond. The charge, according to a sheriff’s office spokesman, apparently stems from an on-campus fight in November 2008 between members of the football team and members of a fraternity. Trouble also has filtered into the local high school ranks, where star quarterback A.J. Graham, the state’s Mr. Football Award winner who signed with Marshall University last February, was arrested on Tuesday by Tallahassee police on a robbery with firearm charge.
The Seminoles are down to one senior receiver in Louis Givens following Goodman’s arrest. If the charge is from the on-campus fight between football players and the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, then Goodman, 22, becomes the third FSU player to face criminal charges as part of that investigation. Fellow receivers Bert Reed and Cameron Wade faced misdemeanor battery charges from their alleged involvement in that fight.
According to FSU Police Department documents, police believe Goodman is the individual who swung a chair that struck a female in the face during the on-campus fight last November. Goodman’s charge is aggravated battery with a deadly weapon causing great bodily harm. That’s a second degree felony.
“Many of the witnesses identified the person who swung the chair as a black male with ‘dreadlocks,’ but they were unable to identify anyone from photo line-ups which had included Goodman,” the affidavit read. “[Police] made contact with [the witness] on April 2 and she was shown the photographic lineup, which included three FSU football players and nine other FSU students with dreadlock hairstyles. [The witness] positively and without hesitation identified photo No. 10, Richard Goodman, as the person who swung the chair which hit [the victim] in the face.”
I guess the dreadlocks didn’t help him blend in the lineup. -TO