Florida backup quarterback Jalen Kitna won’t get a chance to play for the program. Kitna is no longer with the football team after being dismissed Friday, according to multiple reports. He was suspended indefinitely by the team Wednesday shortly after being arrested on two counts of distribution of child exploitation material and three counts of possession of child pornography.
“We are shocked and saddened to hear of the news involving Jalen Kitna,” the University Athletic Association said in a statement Wednesday. “These are extremely serious charges, and the University of Florida and the UAA have zero tolerance for such behavior.”
He has since been released from jail on an $80,000 bond and was ordered to stay away from the internet and minors. Former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, the father of Jalen, was present in the courtroom with his wife, Jennifer Kitna.
The Gainesville Police Department received a Cyber Tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and it led to them finding that two images were shared via Discord. The investigation led to Kitna’s home, where he admitted to sharing two images but believed them to be “legal” since he found them online.
One of those images was of a man having sex with a young girl. Once his electronic devices were searched, they found “three additional images of child sexual abuse material.”
The 19-year-old will be under the supervision of his parents in Burleson, Texas. The redshirt freshman appeared in four games during the 2022 season for the Gators.
Kitna signed with Florida in the fall of 2020 and the redshirt freshman has served as the primary backup to Anthony Richardson in 2022.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.