Former NFL Player Monty Ray Grow Left Toddler in a Tampa Bay Strip Club Parking Lot

Monty Ray Grow spent two years in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs, and spent his college years with the Florida Gators. He spent last night in jail.

The former footballer was arrested after leaving a three-year-old girl in a car while he went into the Diamond Dolls strip club in Clearwater, Florida.

According to The Tampa Bay Times, Grow was supposed to be caring for the girl that night. The child's mother however used GPS to track Grow's vehicle to the parking lot of the strip club at about 9:09 last night. Police haven't disclosed his relationship to the girl.

The mother later arrived at the club with the child's grandparents and promptly called police. Sheriff's deputies began to investigate and Grow ran out of the cub at about 9:48.

He claimed he only left the girl in the car for a few minutes to collect money he had lent to a strip club employee, despite the fact it had been about 30 minutes between the time the mother arrived and Grow exited the club.

He was arrested on charges of child abuse and posted bail early this morning.

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Kyle Munzenrieder