Florida LB Antonio Morrison arrested for barking at police dog

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Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison was arrested on Saturday night/Sunday morning, but not for drunk driving, or for getting into a fight, or whatever other issues college guys seem to find themselves in on late nights.

No, Morrison was arrested for barking at a police dog, according to the Sporting News. Technically, Morrison was reportedly harassing a K-9 cop, which qualifies as a second-degree misdemeanor in the state of Florida.

From the Chicagoland area, Morrison ventured down into SEC territory and more than held his own as a true freshman linebacker in 2012-13. As a spot starter (he took over when Jelani Jenkins was injured) or first sub in at weakside and middle linebacker, Morrison finished the year with 33 total tackles, good for eighth on the team.

He is expected to step up and take over for the departed Jon Bostic as the starter at middle linebacker in the fall. Coach Will Muschamp cannot be thrilled about his second arrest in as many months, however, no matter the reason.

In mid-June, Morrison punched a bouncer after he was asked to pay full cover fee at a Gainesville bar and was arrested for simple battery.

No word yet on what sort of discipline he will be facing from the team.

*UPDATE* – 11:35 a.m.

Officers were reportedly responding to an unrelated incident at a club, when Morrison annoyed the officer to the point of arrest. According to the arrest report, he “walked up to the open window” of a police car, and “made barking sounds in the window where my K9 partner Bear was located.” When being arrested, Morrison responded to the officers that “he made a ‘woof-woof’ sound because the dog barked at him.”

*UPDATE* – 12:00 a.m.

Head coach Will Muschamp has commented on Morrison’s most recent arrest, stating that he “is extremely disappointed in Antonio Morrison’s decision making” and that Morrison “has been suspended from the team and will miss at least two games to begin the season.”

via mugshotgainesville.com

via mugshotgainesville.com