The Advocate has obtained the Gainesville police reports referenced by ESPN as part of an investigation into the culture of college football programs, including the University of Florida.
The ESPN report referenced two incidents involving Saints linebacker Ronald Powell that did not lead to arrests.
In one incident referenced by ESPN, which occurred in October 2012, Powell allegedly threatened the owner of a furniture store, Gregory Cristel, for not giving him free items.
The police report adds further context. Powell said he purchased two beds, put down a deposit, and was promised free rails to go with the bed. Cristel did not write it down on the receipt and Powell became upset when Cristel refused to honor the agreement and began yelling at him, according to the police report.
When police arrived, Powell was asked to leave and did so without incident, according to the police report.
In a separate incident detailed by the ESPN report, which occurred in July 2014, Powell was pulled over by police for a lane violation while driving a rental car. When police inspected the car, “very small pieces” of a white substance were found on the driver’s seat of the car, according to the police report. The substance tested positive as cocaine.
The ESPN reports states the address on Powell’s driver’s license was for a known drug house. Police let Powell go with a warning for a traffic violation.
What the ESPN report left out is that the driver’s license for another man, who is known to be involved with drugs, was also found in the rental vehicle. Police concluded the other man was likely using the car and the drugs belonged to him.