Chris Dunkley Suspended by South Florida Bulls After Domestic Violence Charge

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2012

September 13, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; South Florida Bulls head coach Skip Holtz  against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
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South Florida wide receiver Chris Dunkley has been suspended in the wake of his arrest on a domestic battery charge, according to ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy

The 21-year-old was arrested on the South Florida campus late Saturday night following the team's 30-17 loss to No. 4 Florida State at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. 

Dunkley was charged with a first-degree misdemeanor for an incident that involved his girlfriend back on Sept. 21, according to a Hillsborough County report per McMurphy. The arrest report cites specific acts of violence carried out on the victim, including punches and strikes with a computer cord that resulted in bruising and lacerations. 

According to McMurphy, the county arrest report also states that there is "a strong likelihood of repeat violence" in the case of the 6'1", 180-pound Dunkley, who transferred to South Florida from the University of Florida in 2010. 

Bulls head coach Skip Holtz released a statement regarding Dunkley's suspension this weekend (via McMurphy):

Our players have an obligation to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner on and off the field. Due to the serious nature of this matter, we have suspended Chris indefinitely from all team activities.

The sophomore from Pahokee, Fla. is the team's fourth-leading receiver but had just four receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown at the time of his suspension.

Dunkley had only two catches for 26 yards in South Florida's last three games, the Bulls, 2-3 this season, lost all three. 

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