Antonio Morrison, Florida's starting middle linebacker, was arrested in June for punching a bouncer at a club and shouting "I am Antonio!". Surely, Morrison would just rely on the legal wizardry of defense attorney Huntley Johnson and be on his best behavior all summer.
Last night Morrison, 19, was arrested for barking at a police dog. For real. That's a thing.
According to the police report, Morrison was a bystander outside a late-night Gainesville club when police responded to a disturbance at 4:15 a.m. Sunday morning. As the officers were making arrests, Morrison approached a canine named Bear sitting in the police car and started barking at it.
An officer on the scene stated Morrison's actions prevented the police from doing their job properly so he asked Morrison to step to the front of the vehicle. When the officer tried to detain Morrison with handcuffs, he resisted.
Morrison was charged with interfering with police by harassing a police animal and for resisting arrest/obstructing justice without violence. He appeared before a judge and was released from jail on Sunday morning.
On Tuesday, Florida head coach Will Muschamp said he had yet to decide on a punishment for Morrison for his arrest last month, so we'll have to find out how this latest incident factors in to his disciplinary decision. While barking at a police dog is pretty harmless as far as offseason indiscretions go, it's also really, really dumb, especially for a guy who was just arrested.
If Morrison is suspended a game for his summer adventures, it would be against Toledo in the Gators' home opener. Their second game is a road trip to face the Miami Hurricanes.
UPDATE: Morrison has been suspended for at least the first two games of the season, meaning he will not play against the Rockets or Hurricanes.
Muschamp on Antonio Morrison (1 of 2): “I’m extremely disappointed in Antonio Morrison’s decision making…
— GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) July 21, 2013
Muschamp on Morrison (2 of 2) “He has been suspended from the team and will miss at least two games to begin the season.” — GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) July 21, 2013