Daryl Gardener, Former Dolphin, Arrested at UCF Sorority House After Fight With Girlfriend
The 38-year-old former defensive tackle was arrested early Tuesday morning in front of the University of Central Florida's Zeta Tau Alpha house in Orlando along with his 49-year-old girlfriend Sonia Cabrera after the two got into a fight.
Cabrera told police she was angry with Gardener after the two had attended a club called Fubar earlier in the night (because, of course Orlando nightlife includes a spot called Fubar). Cabrera became so angry that later in the night she threw two bottles of cologne at Gardener and struck him with a tire iron at the Alpha Xi Delta sorority house.
For reasons we don't really understand and this Sun-Sentinel article doesn't clarify, Gardener tried to confront Cabrera with police officers at another sorority house at UCF. He had seen her in a third-floor window he told police. The fact that most of this all went down at sorority houses seems like the strangest part to us.
Gardener tried to enter the house, but the officers tried to calm him down. Police eventually searched the apartment, but Cabrera was nowhere to be seen. So Gardener gave a statement to the police and walked off.
Later in the night, Cabrera actually did show up at the sorority house with an injured lip, bruised shoulder, and bumped forehead. She claimed she had sustained them after Gardener had attacked her after calling her a name at the club.
Police eventually arrested both.
Gardener was a first-round draft pick for the 'Fins in 1996 and played with the club until 2001.
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