by JAKE NUTTING
Tampa Bay Rowdies center back Ivan Magalhães was arrested and charged with aggravated battery over the weekend.
Magalhães, 24, was taken into custody by police early Sunday morning in St. Petersburg. He was booked at 5:55 a.m. and released at 11:05 a.m on a $10,000 bond.
Rowdies owner Bill Edwards released the following statement to media Monday morning:
“We are still gathering the facts. Once we have a clear understanding of what occurred, we will take the appropriate action. The Rowdies organization expects all its members to behave in a professional manner. We will have further comments regarding this situation when appropriate.”
Magalhães played all 90 minutes for the Rowdies in their 2-1 loss to Louisville City on Saturday night at Al Lang in St. Petersburg. Originally from Brazil, Magalhães played two seasons at Eastern Florida State College and another at the Univeristy of Maryland before making his professional debut with Rio Grande Valley FC Torros in 2016. He joined the Rowdies this past off-season and has become a regular on the club’s back line since Neill Collins took over head coaching duties in May.
The Rowdies’ defense has been stretched thin over the past few months. After a season-ending injury to right back David Najem, his right back Kyle Curinga went down with a serious ankle injury. Left back Zac Portillos has also missed significant time due to a knee injury.
Magalhães’ arrest is not the first time the Rowdies have dealt with a player getting into legal trouble. Less than two weeks after being signed by the Rowdies in October of 2015, defender Willie Hunt was charged with possession of cocaine in Ybor City. Hunt was promptly released by the Rowdies following his arrest.
UPDATE: A court filing claims Magalhães attacked Rowdies teammate.
The complaint filed in Pinellas County court regarding Magalhães’ arrest alleges the defender struck teammate and Rowdies keeper Matias Reynares at their apartment in St. Petersburg early Sunday morning. According to the complaint, Magalhães punched Reynares repeatedly, causing “multiple lacerations and swelling on multiple areas of his face, left ear, and right arm.” Reynares, 19, was taken to the hospital for treatment and evaluation. The complaint also states that officers saw no indication that Magalhães was intoxicated.
Reynares has yet to appear in a match for the Rowdies since signing in the offseason. He began his professional career with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers before signing with North Carolina FC, where he was sent on multiple short loans to the Rowdies during the 2017 USL season.
Unused Substitutes has reached out the Rowdies for comment on the details in the complaint.