February 23, 2009

Ex-Seminole Parker jailed for violation

Preston Lenard Parker, a former star wide receiver for the Florida State Seminoles, is in police custody for an alleged probation violation, authorities say.

Parker, who was kicked off the Florida State team, turned himself over to authorities in Palm Beach County, Fla., during the weekend, The Palm Beach Post reported Monday.

Parker allegedly violated his probation from a 2008 misdemeanor conviction stemming from his arrest on felony charges of marijuana possession and carrying a concealed weapon. The former Atlantic High School standout from Delray Beach was arrested Jan. 31 for allegedly driving under the influence, prompting his removal from the Seminoles' football roster.

In 2006, Parker was accused of trying to steal a compact disc from an electronics store but he agreed to enter a diversion program and the charge was dismissed.

The Post said during his sophomore season, Parker was named the Seminoles' most valuable player. He followed that success up during his junior season with 40 receptions, a team-high 372 yards and two touchdowns despite serving a two-game suspension.

Parker said following his January arrest that he plans to transfer to a smaller school after this semester.