Florida Gators LB Antonio Morrison arrested for simple battery

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Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Gators coach Will Muschamp woke up to an unnecessary headache on Father’s Day on Sunday morning. One of his program’s best defensive players, Antonio Morrison, was arrested Sunday morning on charges of simple battery.

In 2012, Morrison was a 6-foot-1, 218-pound freshman linebacker. If that sounds small and young, that’s because it is. However, no one told the Chicagoland native that the SEC was for bigger, older guys. As Muschamp’s primary backup at both the middle and weakside linebacker positions, Morrison thrived. His 33 total tackles were good for eighth on one of the best defensive teams in the country.

Jon Bostic and Jelani Jenkins, the Gators’ 2012 starters in the middle at weakside, respectively, departed for the NFL. Thus, Muschamp was looking forward to leaning upon the hard-hitting Morrison to start as a true sophomore in 2013.

Morrison’s legal troubles are only in the very early stages of reporting, however. The details as to precisely what he did have yet to surface, so we cannot know for sure how Muschamp is going to react or if any sort of suspension may be levied for his actions.

He was booked at 6:03 a.m.. Here’s his mugshot:

Image via Julie Quittner

Image via Julie Quittner

*UPDATE*

According to the Gainesville Police arrest report (via OnlyGators.com), when Morrison was told that he would have to pay for entry into Kava Lounge by the bouncer, he became irate, responding with, “Do you know who I am, I am a UF football player, I am Antonio!”

Morrison was once again told that he would have to pay and responded by punching the bouncer in the head before leaving.