Wondy Pierre-Louis' Week: From Searching for His Haitian Family to Being Sought by Police

Update 4: In March, Pierre-Louis plead no contest to two charges of criminal mischief stemming from this incident, and received a year of probation.

Update 3: Pierre-Louis turned himself in on Tuesday.

Update 2: Pierre-Louis' girlfriend has appeared in court to dispute the charges, saying he "couldn't hurt a frog." Pierre-Louis is still wanted, but has had his bond reduced to $40,000.

Update 1: Pierre-Louis tells the Southwest Florida News-Press: "It's all a lie. We'll go through a process to prove it's a lie."

I never thought much of Wondy Pierre-Louis as a football player. He rode a reputation garnered on one play in the 2006 SEC Championship Game through his four years as a Florida Gator, was torched throughout the 2007 season, and was playing special teams as a senior after starting as a sophomore. But I admired his drive: Not that many college-age players would give special teams the effort he did after being demoted.

For that reason, I thought Pierre-Louis was a good person, and that was even before reading this story. Published yesterday, it detailed his concerns for his family in Haiti, and his struggles as an immigrant to make it in America, whether through football or his nascent hand-sewn clothing line. All of that is hard to reconcile with Pierre-Louis being wanted on five felony charges by Gainesville police for allegedly choking his girlfriend early Saturday morning.

⇥Pierre-Louis is accused of kicking in the door to his girlfriend's apartment early Saturday morning and becoming enraged after he saw her in bed with another man, police said. ⇥⇥⇥⇥⇥

⇥Police said the football player then trapped the woman in her bathroom and began to choke her saying, "I could kill you." When she tried to run away and call police, he pushed her on to her bed, took off his shirt and began to strangle her, police said.⇥⇥⇥⇥⇥

It had already been an awful, awful week for Pierre-Louis, and I can understand how this is the sort of thing that makes a person snap. But this sort of violence obviously cannot be condoned. In one dark moment at the end of an heartbreaking week, Wondy Pierre-Louis may have made the sort of mistake that guarantees him a few bad years to follow.↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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