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Ex-football star charged in break-in

Authorities say former Central High player Tyrone Goodson took his ex-girlfriend's wallet after invading her home.

Published September 5, 2003

BROOKSVILLE - A former Central High School football standout who briefly played in the National Football League was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of breaking into an ex-girlfriend's house and taking her wallet, authorities said.

Tyrone D. Goodson, 29, of 6539 Marina Pointe Village Court in Tampa was charged with burglary of a structure and burglary of a vehicle after Andria Gibson, 25, reported that on Wednesday morning Goodson banged on the door of her Carol Drive home and later smashed through a window, a Hernando County sheriff's report said.

Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Joseph Paez said that the string of events began about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, when Gibson reportedly heard a knock on her bedroom window and a man yelling, "Open the door; I'm not leaving until you open the door."

The knocking continued for 10 to 15 minutes until Goodson left, a sheriff's report stated.

Gibson then left the house with another man, whom she refused to identify. When they returned two hours later, they found Goodson's car in front of Gibson's house.

Gibson's companion then drove to another street and dropped her off, the report said. As Gibson approached the back of the house, she heard a loud banging coming from inside and then saw Goodson driving away toward the Damac Estates subdivision, according to the report.

Gibson noticed shards of shattered glass, broken windowpanes and her interior screen knocked off its frame, she called authorities.

Minutes later, a Hernando sheriff's deputy pulled over Goodson's Mercedes more than 2 miles away as he drove south on U.S. 41 in the area of Mount Fair Avenue in Brooksville, the report said.

Goodson is a 1993 graduate of Central High, where he starred in basketball and football. He later played football at Auburn University before entering the NFL in 1998. Goodson spent the next three seasons trying to make an NFL roster as a wide receiver.

During his rookie year, he was released from the St. Louis Rams during preseason. He spent most of 1999 on the Green Bay Packers practice squad and was released from the Washington Redskins in 2000 four days before training camp began.

He left football after he decided against joining a team in the now-defunct XFL in 2001. According to arrest records, Goodson is now employed as a high school scout for the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

News of Goodson's arrest surprised those who know him.

"It's kind of shocking," said former Central football coach Stephen Crognale. "I can't speak badly. He was a good athlete and a good citizen. He was a role model on and off the field."

"I can't say enough about him when he was in school," said Central athletic director John Sedlack, who coached Goodson in football and basketball for four years. "He put football and basketball on the map at Central High School."

Goodson's No. 3 football jersey was retired and hangs in the locker room. Sedlack was reserving judgment on his former player.

"Just don't beat him up until we know what the deal was," Sedlack said.

During their initial investigation, sheriff's deputies found a beige purse and wallet containing Gibson's driver's license, credit cards and Social Security cards belonging to her and her children in Goodson's trunk. They also found $3,526 in cash on Goodson and another five $20 bills and three $5 bills rolled up in his right front pocket, a report stated.

Asked why he had Gibson's purse and why neighbors saw his car in front of her house, Goodson allegedly denied either knowing Gibson or being involved in the incident. He later refused to speak to authorities any further, a report said.

During the investigation, Gibson told deputies that she dated Goodson in the past.

Deputies read Goodson his rights and told him they were returning the $115 to Gibson. At that point, Goodson said, "Oh, there was only $50," according to the report.

After catching himself, he later told a sheriff's deputy that it would be fine to give her the $115.

Goodson was released from Hernando County Jail after he posted $10,000 bail, records show. He could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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