UPDATE: Police Charge Man With Assault in Former Eau Gallie Football Player Carnell Davis Incident
By Space Coast Daily // July 7, 2021
Suspect has been charged with one count of simple assault
VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED: Carnell Davis, a former Eau Gallie football player and current freshman wide receiver at Rutgers University was injured during a fight in Margate City, New Jersey on Monday. (Keith Robert Ford Video)
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Carnell Davis, a former Eau Gallie football player and current freshman wide receiver at Rutgers University was injured during a fight in Margate City, New Jersey on Monday.
According to the Margate City Police Department, 26-year-old Alexander A. Denafo has been charged with one count of simple assault after a game of football on the beach escalated into a physical altercation.
On Sunday, July 4 at approximately 6:30 p.m. the Margate City Fire Department’s ambulance responded to the beach block of Essex Avenue for what was, at the time, a report of a male who had fallen and suffered a “split lip”, according to the Margate City Police Department.
Davis was treated by members of the ambulance crew and refused transport to the hospital.
After learning of the serious nature of Davis’s injuries, an investigation was launched by the Margate Police Department into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
According to a Margate City Police report, witnesses said Davis and Denafo were engaged in a game of football on the beach in Margate and began to have a verbal altercation.
Both men then mutually decided to leave the beach to continue the altercation which developed into a physical fight.
“Cell phone video obtained of the incident revealed Denafo struck Davis in the face which caused him to fall to the ground and strike his head on the pavement,” said Margate City Police officials in a release.
Davis was eventually taken to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released on Tuesday.
Denafo is scheduled for a first appearance in court on July 26.
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“Our main concern is Carnell’s health and well-being,” a Rutgers football spokesperson said in a statement to the Press of Atlantic City.
“He is home with his family and continues to make progress in his recovery. We look forward to getting him back on campus soon.”
The Press of Atlantic City stated that the Margate (N.J.) City Police Department “could not be reached for comment.”
Davis finished his high school football career at Eau Gallie high school. Coached by Chris Sands during his 2020 campaign, he racked up a total of 18 receptions for 311 yards and three touchdowns.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Davis is a Galloway, New Jersey, native. He was a consensus three-star recruit and regarded as the No. 7 player in Florida by ESPN. He also competed in basketball and track and field in high school.
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