Gators Linebacker Antonio Morrison Suspended Following Second Arrest
Gainesville, Fla. -- University of Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison will not be starting for the Gators this year.
In a statement released on the UF Football Twitter account this morning, Florida Gators Head Coach Will Muschamp said "I'm extremely disappointed in Antonio Morrison's decision making, he has been suspended from the team and will miss at least two games to begin the season."
Morrison was arrested early Sunday morning for a second time in two months, this time for "barking."
According to the arrest report, officers were responding to an unrelated incident near the Scottish Inns on SW 13th St when Morrison and a group of men walked past.
The 19-year-old sophomore walked up to the open window of the marked sheriff's patrol car and began barking at the police dog, Bear.
Officers say that caught Bear's attention and he barking at Morrison, "diverting his attention from [the] investigation."
Morrison was arrested and charged with interference with a police canine and resisting arrest.
This is the second time in just weeks that the Gator football player has been in trouble.
Morrison was previously arrested and charged with Simple Battery on June 16th after allegedly punching a bouncer at Kava Lounge in downtown Gainesville.
According to the arrest report, 19-year-old Morrison was standing in line with friends at the Kava Lounge, a bar when he asked the bouncer about the entrance prices, then became angry when he was told he'd have to pay full price.
The report states Morrison argued with the man over a discount, yelling "Don't you know who I am? I'm a football player! I'm Antonio!"
Morrison then punched the bouncer in the head and left. After his arrest, Morrison told officers he got in a "scuffle" with the bouncer, but said he didn't remember much because he was intoxicated at the time.
Two weeks after Morrison's June arrest, he was given a deferred prosecution agreement.
A deal worked out with the State Attorney's office required Morrison to pay $100 in fines, complete 12 hours of community service, attend anger management and drug and alcohol education courses, and participate in two ride-alongs with the University of Florida Police Department.
Morrison was slotted to be the starting middle linebacker for the University of Florida Gators this fall.