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FSU QB Deondre Francois dismissed from team after domestic violence allegation

You can't see Francois or the alleged victim in the video, but you can hear a woman accuse a man of hitting her in the face. "Stop hitting me in my f-----g face," she yells.
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MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 06: Deondre Francois #12 of the Florida State Seminoles warms up before the game against the Miami Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State head coach Willie Taggart announced that senior quarterback Deondre Francois has been released from the team after a domestic violence allegation. 

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Taggart released a statement Saturday night saying he told Francois he is no longer a member of the FSU program. 

"As we build a new culture and foundation for FSU Football, we have high expectations for all of our student-athletes and we will not shy away from those high standards of conduct. We are moving forward as a program," Taggart said in the statement.

Francois' apparent girlfriend uploaded a 24-second video to Instagram (offensive language) Saturday where she alleges she is being hit in the face. 

You can't see Francois or the alleged victim in the video, but you can hear a woman accuse a man of hitting her in the face. "Stop hitting me in my f-----g face," she yells.

The male voice in the video replies, "throw it again so I can beat your a--," and "I'm going to hit you in your face every f-----g time." 

The caption of the Instagram post reads: 

"I thought I loved him and thought he could change for the better but it has gotten worse. I lost my first child because of all of the beating and I suffer from post Partum depression. This situation is taking a toll on my life. Yes, I stayed after that because I was stupid and blinded by love. This isn’t love. You are a coward and this isn’t right. Just because you are who you are that doesn’t give you the right to put your hands on a woman ever!!!"

The Tallahassee Police Department investigated Francois for an alleged domestic violence incident that occurred Jan. 23, 2018. 

The police report states Francois' girlfriend, Diamon Lindsey, told police Francois broke down the bedroom door, picked her up and threw her down, cutting her forearm. She also said she told Francois she was pregnant at the time. 

Lindsey told police she didn't want to press charges and Francois was not arrested.