After it was revealed that Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois had a search warrant executed on his home that yielded 17 grams in marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Seminoles coach Willie Taggart issued a brief statement to the media.
Taggart and Florida State announced that they were aware of the situation and that the matter would be handled internally. On Saturday after the spring game, Taggart provided expanded thoughts on Francois’ latest encounter with law enforcement.
“He’s got to be smart about who he’s around and what he’s around, and make good decisions,” Taggart said according to Curt Weiler of the Tallahassee Democrat. “I advise him to just make sure he’s around his teammates all the time.”
Francois wasn’t actually arrested and hasn’t been asked to appear in court. Instead, the Tallahassee Police announced that he’d preemptively been entered into a pre-trial diversion program, which should allow for him to complete some set of obligations to have the incident completely scrubbed from his record.
The former Florida State starting quarterback reportedly acknowledged that he knew the marijuana was on the premises but denied that it was his and claimed he hadn’t smoked since Dec. 2017. Taggart has not indicated how Florida State intends to punish Francois for his role in the matter.