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Son of former NFL journeyman QB jailed on child porn charges

Florida’s redshirt freshman QB has been arrested on charges related to child pornography.

Florida’s redshirt freshman QB has been arrested on charges related to child pornography.
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If Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson declares for the NFL Draft, much of the chatter out of Gainesville would be around Jalen Kitna, son of former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, starting for the Gators behind center in their bowl game. Now it’s unclear if the younger Kitna will even be on UF’s roster come the postseason, as he was arrested on Wednesday according to the Alachua County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office. Per TMZ Sports, Kitna was put in jail on five different charges — three counts of possession of child pornography and two count counts of distribution of child exploitation material.

Per Sports Illustrated, Kitna is suspended from the Gators’ indefinitely and local authorities executed a search warrant of his apartment with probable cause that it contained evidence that he distributed child pornography.

“We are shocked and saddened to hear the news involving Jalen Kitna,” a school statement to SI said. “These are extremely serious charges and the University of Florida and the (University of Florida Athletic Association) have zero tolerance for such behavior.”

If the 19-year-old is found guilty of any of the charges, he’s looking at the end of his football career in addition to prison time. Florida (6-6) has a first-year head coach in Billy Napier. This is a no-brainer to set an example for how any major wrongdoing will be handled moving forward. 

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