Florida sophomore linebacker Antonio Morrison was arrested late Saturday evening on charges of impersonating DMX harassing a police canine and resisting arrest without violence.
It’s Morrison’s second arrest in just over a month (35 days), and this time it officially earned him a suspension.
Gators coach Will Muschamp released a statement saying, “I’m extremely disappointed in Antonio Morrison’s decision-making. He has been suspended from the team and will miss at least two games (Toledo, Miami) to begin the season.”
UF’s prospective starting middle linebacker was booked into Alachua County Jail at 4:15 a.m. on Sunday and was released on his own recognizance sometime later.
According to the police report, Morrison walked up to a police car with a K9 unit in tow and began barking at a dog, named Bear, in an open window. Morrison then resisted arrest when officers tried to detain him with handcuffs.
The police were actually responding to an unrelated incident at “an after-hours business,” before engaging Morrison for barking at the dog.
Morrison allegedly made multiple “woof-woof” noises at the dog, after insisting Bear had barked at him first.
Florida’s sophomore linebacker was previously detained on June 16 on a simply battery charge for allegedly punching a bouncer at a Gainesville nightclub.
He received deferred prosecution, which included two ride-alongs with University of Florida police.
Morrison’s latest arrest doesn’t count as one of those rides.
I’ll have more later, specifically on how Morrison’s absence will impact an already inexperienced linebacker unit.
This via David Jones, writer for Florida Today
"State attorney Bill Cervone said Morrison "subject to revocation" to deferral first charge if finds "crime involved" to warrant.Cervone said he is "concerned about the legality of this arrest" after early look. The technicality that could help Morrison is that statute requires element of "malicious interference." Dog was sitting in car."
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