The University of South Florida’s defensive back Hassan Childs is a small-for-football defensive back. Mr. Childs may or may not scare receivers coming over the middle of the field. But when he tried to intimidate another driver by pointing a silver handgun at him, Mr. Childs met his match.
The other driver, Jovanni Jimenez, is licensed to carry by the state of Florida. Mr. Jimenez pulled his own handgun and rapidly and promiscuously perforated his would-be attacker. The New York Daily News has the details:
According to police, Jimenez was driving with his family around 11:15 p.m. when he noticed a Chevy Malibu tailing and trying to pass him. He pulled into the Eagles Point Apartments at Tampa Palms, and Childs followed.
Jimenez’s wife, Jennifer, saw Childs pointing a gun at their car, but Jimenez did not notice at the time, the report said. Jimenez started to drive again, according to police, but after his wife mentioned the firearm, he removed his gun from his waistband and placed it on his seat.
Childs continued to tail Jimenez, who pulled over once again. This time, the USF football player reportedly pulled up to the driver’s side of Jimenez’s car and pointed a handgun toward Jimenez.
Jimenez then shot Childs, who was hit in the torso and upper arm, three times in self defense, police said. He drove home and called 911.
Police recovered a loaded firearm (both men have concealed weapons permits) and 20 grams of marijuana from Childs’ car.
The college athlete’s football days have probably have come to an end.
On Monday, the university said in a statement that it was aware of Child’s [sic] arrest. “Childs is currently withheld from all football-related activities for an indefinite period of time.
When the university learns of an arrest, the student involved may be subject to discipline in accordance with USF’s Student Code of Conduct. State and federal privacy laws protecting the confidentiality of student records, including disciplinary actions, prevent the university from commenting further about the matter involving Childs.”
Mr. Child’s suspension from the USF’s football program would seem to be the least of his worries. If convicted, the only football he’ll be playing for a while will be against the prison guards’ team.