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Gators LB given deferral on battery charge

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Just before (allegedly) punching a bouncer at a club earlier this month, Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison (allegedly) pulled out his finest Reese Witherspoon impression with the ol’ “Do you know who I am?” card.

Thanks to that, we are now all fully aware of who Morrison is. And we also know what punishment he’ll face for his misdemeanor battery charge.

Per David Jones of the USA Today, Morrison has been given a six month deferral. As part of the agreement, which was given the approval by the alleged victim, Morrison must do the following: Pay $100 to the state attorney’s office; donate $150 to CDS Family and Behavior Health Services in Gainesville or do 12 hours community service; complete a drug-alcohol abuse program; attend an anger management program; and do two ride alongs with University of Florida police for eight hours each.

Morrison must complete his tasks within the next six months.

There’s been no comment by UF as of yet, so it’s still not clear what Morrison’s status with the team is.

Morrison started three games last season as a true freshman and will be the starting middle linebacker entering summer camp.

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11 Responses to “Gators LB given deferral on battery charge”
  1. floridacock says: Jun 28, 2013 6:50 PM

    He will play. It is UF after all

  2. burm61 says: Jun 28, 2013 7:23 PM

    Just something I have been wondering since the Hernandez thing began almost 2 weeks ago, since this is a UF story. We all know the UF “Dynasty” of Urban Meyer and Tim Tebow, but UF also had, I believe, 30 arrests in 5 seasons. At what point, especially now with Hernandez and Tom Curran also saying Spikes has been a “Pain in the ass since he got to New England”, does Meyer’s true legacy become he recruited thugs and sold his soul for 2 National titles? Just wanted to raise the question and hope to get some intelligent insight.

  3. gotampabay52 says: Jun 28, 2013 7:30 PM

    stupid gators Go Vols

  4. dgbk says: Jun 28, 2013 9:15 PM

    meyer may have recruited questionable chracters to win… but lets not act like these were over achieving two star thugs…. these guys were going to a prestigious school somewhere … AH charges are awful but him being a former gator has very lil to do wit anything… he woulda been a formee (insert ur f

  5. grudenthediva says: Jun 29, 2013 12:16 AM

    “As part of the agreement, which was given the *approval by* the alleged victim”

    *payoff to

  6. frug says: Jun 29, 2013 2:38 AM

    do two ride alongs with University of Florida police for eight hours each

    Seems like more of a punishment for the cops that have to put up with him than for Morrison.

  7. pb420 says: Jun 29, 2013 4:15 PM

    @grudenthediva:

    At least we get value for our payoffs. It’s gonna cost a whole lot more to get that young lady to sing a different tune on a felonious sexual assault in Tally.

  8. pb420 says: Jun 29, 2013 4:41 PM

    @burm61:

    Bottom line is that if Urban Meyer wouldn’t have recruited the players of questionable character that were far outweighed by quality ones than some other D1 coach would have. To say otherwise would be incredibly naive and unrealistic. It was probably a blessing that Meyer’s run @ UF was brief. If he were to stay somewhere for a 10-20 yr run then there’s no telling whether lax recruiting of high talent/low character would eventually bite himself and the program hard as a result. My guess is that it would. It seems that when a program achieves success with it comes jealousy and hate from others and rightfully so in a competitive environment such as college football. When that happens everything becomes magnified, and you see cracks and fissures that are existent in every program and that is the sad truth. Name a program that doesn’t have a blemish on it’s legacy.

  9. gatorprof says: Jun 29, 2013 7:27 PM

    @burm61,

    “does Meyer’s true legacy become he recruited thugs and sold his soul for 2 National titles? ”

    In a word, YES.

    No serious Gator fan is proud of all that Urban did while here. He won, but aside from very few player, he won with THUGS. Think about guys like Hernandez, Harvin, Spikes, Jenkins, etc. along with all of the guys who were arrested. They had freakish athletic ability and as a Gainesville resident I was happy that they were on the football field and not engaging in home invasions.

    Had it not been for the halo effect of Tim Tebow, the Gators would have been Thug U North.

    There is a story out today in the Gainesville Sun that was typical of the scrubbing and coverups….

    http://www.gainesville.com/article/20130629/ARTICLES/130629592/1139?Title=Hernandez-questioned-very-briefly-for-2007-shooting-here

    I remember at the time that the talk of the town was that Hernandez was part of this.

    BTW, I am a Gator fan and am perfectly happy with Boom. Hopefully, he hammers this kid so that it never happens again OR just lets him go. The program doesn’t need criminals to win.

  10. 35longmiles says: Jun 30, 2013 6:17 AM

    gatorprof says:
    Jun 29, 2013 7:27 PM
    BTW, I am a Gator fan and am perfectly happy with Boom.
    —————
    You’re also a thinly veiled bullshit artist with trolling issues. Go eat a whole bag full of something disgusting… dicks, or something like that.

  11. gatorprof says: Jun 30, 2013 5:50 PM

    35longmiles,

    You can always check previous posts to verify my UF fandom and statement about Boom.

    I see that you have a keen sense of irony and some dynamically repressed issues.

    “You’re also a thinly veiled bullshit artist with trolling issues. Go eat a whole bag full of something disgusting… dicks, or something like that.”

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