An arrest warrant was issued for former Raines High School and Florida Gators wide receiver Jabar Gaffney last week, the Jacksonville Beach Police Department said.
Gaffney is wanted for criminal mischief stemming from an incident that took place on June 17, police said. Gaffney's attorney told police that his client would turn himself in last week but hadn't done so as of Tuesday morning.
Officers responded to a call from Gaffney's former high school and college teammate, Lito Sheppard, who said he was eating inside the Pier Cantina and Sandbar in Jacksonville Beach when his vehicle was vandalized. Sheppard said he wasn't aware that his vehicle was damaged until he was driving it home from the restaurant. He said once he pulled over, he had to get his vehicle towed to the BMW dealership for repair.
Sheppard said he called the restaurant and they allowed him to view the surveillance video. He named Gaffney and his longtime girlfriend as suspects, according to the police report. He said the two have an ongoing feud that began in 2012.
"Gaffney retrieved some type of tool and a container from the suspect's vehicle, walked over to the passenger's side of the victim's vehicle near the gas tank, and pried it open," the police report said. "Gaffney then poured an unknown substance from the container into the gas tank ... The unknown female walked around the vehicle and stabbed all of the tires with a sharp object."
The suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction. Sheppard said his vehicle sustained about $14,000 in damages.
Shortly after the report surfaced, Gaffney's attorney told the Florida Times-Union that his client had no involvement in the vandalism.
Both Sheppard and Gaffney played football at Raines High School before moving on to notable careers at the University of Florida and in the NFL.
Sheppard was named an All-Pro in 2004 and he was selected to two Pro Bowls while playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. A first-round pick in 2002, Sheppard played for four teams during his 10-year career, which ended in 2011.
Gaffney was a second-round pick in the same draft as Sheppard. He played for seven teams during his 11-year NFL career. He was arrested in September of last year on a battery charge and in 2016 on marijuana charges.