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Florida All-American Dan Wallace Suspended Indefinitely for “Violation of Team Rules”

Florida All-American Dan Wallace has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

We are disappointed in some of the choices Dan Wallace made,” head coach Gregg Troy said of his star. “Because of his actions he will be suspended from team activities indefinitely. Any decisions regarding a change to his status will be addressed internally.”

Wallace had a phenomenal junior season for the Gators in the pool, placing 2nd at NCAA’s in the 500 free (4:11.62), 2nd in the 400 IM (3:38.17), and 2nd as a member of Florida’s 800 free relay.

Wallace was also named to the 2014 Commonwealth Games squad representing his home country of Scotland. Scotland has not responded to a request for comment as to if his status is affected for that meet.

Wallace himself has also not responded to a direct request for comment.

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  1. Fla swim says:
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    He was arrested

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    Anybody know what happened?

  3. In college says:
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    Typical over zealous gpd

  4. lane 0 says:
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    wow, gotta have better judgement.

  5. ThatSwimKid says:
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    He urinated on a police car and resisted arrest.

  6. Swimkid says:
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    Thatswimkid how can u confirm that’s what happened? I heard something different also so the only way we can know if it comes from someone who witnessed it. So I wouldn’t post something like that unless u knew for sure.

    • ThatSwimKid says:
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      Now I bet you wish you could retract your comment when you called me out, yet everything I said ended up true.

  7. anonymous says:
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    Internet says Daniel John Wallace was not violent when resisting arrest. Mugshot is not coming up for some reason.

    (This comment has been edited at the request of the commenter).

  8. Justafan says:
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    Just looked it up, resisting officer WITHOUT violence.

  9. Kingfish says:
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    here are the charge: RESIST OFFICER: OBSTRUCT WO VIOLENCE

  10. coach t says:
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    he’s a beast in the water……one crazy dude out! his facebook name was Dan McNaked! my son, on his visit to UF, saw first hand how out of control he was. I wish him luck….he will be missed!

  11. korn says:
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    is he allowed to continue to train there? if so, not much of a penalty.

  12. Justafan says:
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    Looking at the charges, I find it hard to believe that he pissed on a cop car. Police probably yelled at him for something and he don’t cooperate and classic GPD overreacted

  13. Justafan says:
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    Looking at the charges, I find it hard to believe that he pissed on a cop car. Police probably yelled at him for something and he didn’t cooperate and classic GPD overreacted

    • Swimfan says:
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      Um, getting yelled at by a cop and not cooperating is a problem on most of planet earth.

      • Get the facts says:
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        He didn’t urinate otherwise that’d be a charge as well. Yeah he ran but what college kid wouldn’t? He’ll be back next year too. So chill

  14. ClearGoggles says:
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    Sorry to say but as absurd as it sounds, the story about urinating on the cop car is true.

  15. jiggs says:
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    He may have just mistaked the police car for a pool.
    Remember, don’t pee in the pool.

  16. OJ says:
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    If the urination doesn’t fit, you must acquit!

  17. OJ SUX says:
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    Hmmm…..I suggest Mr. Wallace should consider skipping the keg party next time…..Gators did the right thing ..there’s no place for this kind of behavior.

  18. Baltimoron says:
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    What a mess. Unfortunately, this sort of thing happens regularly with collegiate athletes. I think Dan’s parents sold their house so that he could train at Florida…. Let’s wish everyone at UF the best.

  19. C Martin says:
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    From the Gainesville Police Log:

    “On the above stated date and time, the DEF was observed by LEO urinating on a Gainesville Police Department K9 vehicle. When LEO (dressed in full police uniform) approached the DEF (to conduct an investigation), the DEF started running west on NW 1st Ave. I told the DEF to stop, but the DEF refused to stop. The DEF was taken to the ground and continued to thrash his body on the ground refusing to be handcuffed. The DEF was eventually placed in handcuffs. Post-Miranda, the DEF stated he ran because he was scared. The DEF stated he made a mistake and should not have ran.”

    It appears our friend Mr. Wallace was arrested on resisting arrest while non-violently obstructing a police officer after urinating on his cruiser.

    Search for him here: http://p2c.gainesvillepd.org/Summary.aspx
    See the PDF here: http://p2c.gainesvillepd.org/viewreport.aspx?id=635352239947984047

    Wish him the best and hope this gets sorted out. Stupid mistake but hope Gregg Troy reinstates him on the team.

    • sven says:
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      My thoughts on this post:

      Either…

      1) Gainesville has the most freakishly fit cops in the country.

      2) All-American or not, swimmers can’t run worth a damn.

      3) Mr. Wallace hadn’t finished buttoning his pants before he started running.

      Or any combination of the three.

      • mcgillrocks says:
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        I’m sure being drunk enough to pee on a cop car can’t help your running very much either.

  20. Ben says:
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    Did he mistake the police car for a fire hydrant?

  21. THE Other Hulk says:
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    This stuff happens to college kids. College is a time to grow, learn, make mistakes, learn from mistakes, and grow as a person. Does everyone that gets in trouble grow into a mature adult that has learned from their mistakes? Of course not, but it seems that UF has done the right thing as an academic institution to ensure that Wallace has an opportunity to learn from his mistake and pick himself up after falling down.

    A lot of the time college athletes will get what is the equivalent to a slap on the wrist and look bad in the eyes of the general population because of their status as a high level athlete getting them off the hook.

    Hopefully, If there are alcohol issues he gets help. I’m sure that UF has not given up on an athlete of his ability, but its nice to see Florida enforcing their team rules.

    Best of luck to all involved.

  22. Elite-o-meter says:
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    1. Michael Phelps DUI
    2. Nick D’Arcy assault and battery
    3. Ian Thorpe checking into rehab
    4. Dan Wallace resisting arrest
    5. Jameis Winston shoplifting crab legs
    6. Oscar pistorius “alleged” murder
    7. Michael Phelps bong rip photo

    *ranked most elite to least elite

    • Catherine says:
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      thanks for the roundup, but I really don’t get your ranking. If it’s most to least elite, how is Phelps both 1st and 7th? How is D’Arcy ahead of Thorpe?

      I was going to be smug about there being no women on the list but what about Marion Jones? Maybe you should restrict this list to swimmers, otherwise it will get far too long.

  23. jman says:
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    i’m sure this won’t result in deportation…but he better be careful in the future.

  24. Random says:
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    I’m sorry, buuuuut… He URINATED ON A COP CAR! He should be kicked off the team, no question. Come on! It wasn’t like it was a “dumb mistake” or “accident”! What kind of a team keeps somebody on it after he PEED ON A COP CAR and then RESISTED ARREST and had to be tackled to the ground… We’ll all be able to see UF’s true values based on how they react to this in the future.
    Ha ha! Guys watch me pee on this cop car!
    Seriously… Expulsion is called for. It was no “dumb mistake.” It was peeing on someone’s car…

    • Sven says:
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      Eh. Yeah, peeing on a cop car is objectively wrong and disrespectful, but not actually dangerous, like Phelps’ DUI. I definitely don’t think they should go easy on him, but expulsion is too much for what is ultimately harmless (to both property and people).

      • Sven says:
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        Resisting arrest is more serious, but despite saying that he was thrashing, the report states that he resisted without violence. The kid was drunk and made a boneheaded move. Calling for expulsion or kicking him off the team would be excessive.

  25. areyoukidding says:
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    This was absolutely not a “stupid mistake” the young man knew exactly what he was doing, drunk or not, what the heck goes through your head saying, “Hey peeing on this cop car is a great idea” ? Everyone keeps saying they don’t think he should be kicked off just because he is so good. If this was a freshman who didn’t make the SEC team he would have been gone without a second thought, but because of his status he will most likely be given a pass. Maybe UF will surprise me and have some moral standards, but only time will tell.

  26. Submariner says:
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    If he was drunk UF should permanently kick him out of the team!
    One thing is if you are peeing in your pants and decide to do it on the street (not on a police car!), another matter is if you are a drinker. An atlhete that drinks is a disgrace for the team, for the university and their health department, that should garantee that their atlhetes are not taking any alcohol, drug or doping substances.
    Also, how can someone with this attitude be part of a college team and be sustained by any scholarship? Finacial help should be granted to student atlhetes not only based on their swimming ranking and performances but on their overall behavior and ethics.
    This incident is devastating for the image, history and reputation of the Gators.
    If they he was drunk and Troy lets him back on the team, UF credibility will be affected worldwide not only because they recruited someone that abuses alcohol (and what next?) but also because they would give the message that swimming for a college and drinking is OK. Just be careful next time and avoid to get arrested again.

    • World U Qualifier says:
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      If just drinking deserves to get you kicked off the team, let alone in the off season then 80 percent of swimmers would be gone. He’s a young guy who made a pretty bad mistake. With the UF training regimen, going out and blowing off steam might be the only way to survive. Having UF’s credibility impacted on a worldwide level is sensationalizing this situation to a level that is shouldn’t be.

    • hannah montana says:
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      You should ask Tennessee how there no drinking policy is going. This might be just a rumor, but I heard Percy is out.

      • Braden Keith Braden Keith says:
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        We spoke with Tennessee coaches about Percy, and have been told he hasn’t made a decision yet on whether to return home or come back. He could make big money at home in Australia, but no indication about foul play.

  27. Collegeswimmer says:
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    The thought that a college student who is 21 isn’t allowed to drink is ignorant. I understand that getting arrested is dumb but the GPD are know for overreacting. (Don’t taze me bro). I think that UF is handling the situation appropriately and I hope that Dan can get some information on moderately drinking.

  28. Submariner says:
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    I did not say that a student is not allowed to drink.
    I am talking about student – athletes.

  29. Submariner says:
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    I did not say that a student is not allowed to drink.
    I am talking about student – athletes.
    Maybe you, collegeswimmer, “ignore” the rules…

  30. Bossanova says:
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    This individual is a VISITOR to our COUNTRY. He has no right to disrespect the people that serve and protect us and keep us out of danger. I hope he’s never allowed back on the team.

  31. swimr1 says:
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    I love how, when white college guys do idiotic and illegal things it’s just “immaturity.” When people of color who are not college athletes do the same things they’re just thugs. This guy should not get off lightly. But I’m sure he will…

    • Bossanova says:
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      Sadly, you’re correct. If this was an African American football player, do you think fans would react the same way? Food for thought.

      • M Palota says:
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        If said African-American was the starting WR at a Div. 1 school, you would not have heard a word.

  32. ThatSwimKid says:
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    Troy will let him get away with things because he is an asset to his team and his eligibility alone will sway Florida’s results at both SECs and NCAA on a high level.

  33. D1Swimr says:
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    Bottom line: Give this kid a second chance. He should not be kicked off the team. Obviously he made a mistake, and in case some of you have forgotten (which its apparent from some of the previous comments that some of you have) we all make mistakes. There is no reason to bring race into this, this has nothing to do with him being white. Why race was even brought up is ridiculous. There is not one college/university in this country that has any dry sports team (maybe BYU) so to say that Dan is a discrace to his team because he drank, give me a break. The important thing to watch for is if he will learn from his mistake and what he will do with his second chance, because everyone deserves a second chance no matter who you are or how fast you are. The kid drank too much and things got out of hand, period. Stop throwing your stones!

    • korn says:
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      I don’t think he is a normal college kid who goes to the bar and has a few drinks. He parties HARD and gets out of control ALL THE TIME. He has a problem and maybe he will learn from this…..but probably not!

    • Random2 says:
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      He is not a “disgrace” for making a mistake. He is a “disgrace” for peeing on a cop car. We’ve all made mistakes in our lives, but we all haven’t been RIDICULOUSLY IDIOTIC enough to do that. That is no minor offense, and the consequences SHOULD be severe, if the UF coaches have any moral standards at all. The thrown stones are justified in some cases. I hear from people at UF that his grades aren’t exactly top-notch either, so don’t just blame it on the alcohol. This kid would be out the door, no question, if not for his speed.
      Will the team compromise on their morals just because he’s fast?? I respect UF so hopefully not….

  34. BRO says:
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    KORN- it sounds like you know Dan personally. And if what you say is true I hope he learns from this and changes his ways.

  35. Random2 says:
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    He is not a “disgrace” for making a mistake. He is a “disgrace” for peeing on a cop car. We’ve all made mistakes in our lives, but we all haven’t been RIDICULOUSLY IDIOTIC enough to do that. That is no minor offense, and the consequences SHOULD be severe, if the UF coaches have any moral standards at all. The thrown stones are justified in some cases. I hear from people at UF that his grades aren’t exactly top-notch either, so don’t just blame it on the alcohol. This kid would be out the door, no question, if not for his speed.
    Will the team compromise on their morals just because he’s fast?? I respect UF so hopefully not….

  36. Dan says:
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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-2624785/Dan-Wallace-faces-Commonwealth-Games-axe-US-arrest-urinating-police-car.html

    I’m not sure if this was previously reported, but it looks like this has bigger implications than just getting suspended from his college team.

    • Braden Keith Braden Keith says:
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      Dan – we asked Scottish Swimming about this when we first learned of the incident, and they had ‘no comment’.

      • Billabong says:
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        Dan looks to be in great form at the CWG. He just cruised a 4.11 in the heats of the 400IM. For the record, most Europeans (especially Scots) cant understand the alcohol aversion in some of the states. This is a slap on the wrist at most in the UK. Give the dude a break….he didn’t even headbutt anybody…..otherwise referred to as giving somebody a “Glasgow Kiss”. Go Scotland!

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