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Florida’s Antonio Morrison arrested again after ‘run-in’ with police dog

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A little over a month after his first brush with the law, Antonio Morrison has found himself on the wrong side of the line yet again.

The Florida linebacker, the Orlando Sentinel is reporting, was arrested very early Sunday morning following a “run-in” with a police dog who’s ironically enough named “Bear.”  As was the case with his previous arrest, the 19-year-old Morrison was arrested at a local Gainesville drinking establishment.

From the Sentinel:

Morrison, 19, was a bystander when Gainesville Police responded to a disturbance near an after-hours club where several arrests had been made in the past. Per the report, Officer William A. Arnold had a police canine named ‘Bear’ in the car and Morrison walked up to the vehicle and began to bark at the dog.

Officer Arnold stated Morrison’s actions prevented police from do 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, the report states.

Morrison was officially charged with interfering with police by harassing a police animal.

UF has yet to comment on Morrison’s latest legal entanglement and how it may impact his status for the upcoming season.

In June, Morrison was arrested and charged with first-degree simple battery after allegedly punching a bouncer.  Prior to the alleged punch that led to his arrest, Morrison dipped into his athletic ego and pulled out the ol’ “Do you know who I am? I am a UF football player” card.

Two weeks later, he was given deferred prosecution on that charge.

Morrison started three games last season as a true freshman and will be the starting middle linebacker entering summer camp.  He was a four-star member of the Gators’ 2012 recruiting class.

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39 Responses to “Florida’s Antonio Morrison arrested again after ‘run-in’ with police dog”
  1. bralinshan says: Jul 21, 2013 11:35 AM

    So, a FL player feels the need to walk up to a cop car and bark at the police dog in the vehicle?

    That’s about right….

  2. handsofsweed says: Jul 21, 2013 11:40 AM

    I am so disgusted with Urban Meyer’s arrogance. After all of the problems Florida has had in the past, the guy continues to recklessly recruit players with serious character flaws for the Florida football program. When will this guy quit embarrassing Gator Nation???

    Thank God Muschamp doesn’t know anything about that.

  3. thegamecocker says: Jul 21, 2013 11:43 AM

    This guy reminds me of another Florida player named Will Hill from St Peter’s Prep in NJ. A 5 star safety who STILL can’t keep out of trouble. He has 3 kids from 3 different women and was today banned 4 games by the NFL for substance abuse. I guess he never learned character at St. Peter’s Prep.

  4. spviii says: Jul 21, 2013 11:59 AM

    Hi, I’m stupid.

  5. rockincpa says: Jul 21, 2013 12:03 PM

    Morrison is not a bad guy. He’s just misunderstood. You guys should be ashamed of yourselves for disparaging his high moral character.

  6. mediocrebob says: Jul 21, 2013 12:10 PM

    Ah the old “misunderstood” angle. I know a lot of high character, great guys that just can’t seem to not get arrested…

  7. mgavin78 says: Jul 21, 2013 12:28 PM

    Cut this trash.

  8. canetic says: Jul 21, 2013 12:40 PM

    Starting middle linebacker? I’m sure that Muschamp will handle that punishment “internally.”

  9. mshassen3000 says: Jul 21, 2013 12:48 PM

    handsofsweed… so please give me a list of coaches that’s never had a player get into trouble, look at how many players that was brought in here by UM in his years here and their reasons to be arrested then look at the numbers of players that Muschamp has brought in, not UM players, and their reasons, your comment shows how miss guided you really are..were happy with our coach and your opinion means nothing..

  10. 69jaredallen69 says: Jul 21, 2013 1:24 PM

    Too bad the cops did not let the dog out to handle this situation

  11. classyjacklambert says: Jul 21, 2013 2:18 PM

    Out of all the really stupid arrests this summer, I gotta say instigating a barking contest with a police dog may take the cake.

  12. abninf says: Jul 21, 2013 2:21 PM

    Where’s Al Sharpton?

  13. jrs45 says: Jul 21, 2013 2:33 PM

    I blame Urban for this lol

  14. gogatorsjohn says: Jul 21, 2013 2:37 PM

    Kinda a silly arrest, for barking at a dog?!

  15. handsofsweed says: Jul 21, 2013 3:48 PM

    Relax, mshassen. Muschamp did the right thing by suspending him for two games.

    My point is that UF had these problems before and after Meyer, mostly because I can’t show you a list of coaches that haven’t had players get into trouble. It doesn’t exist.

    The other point is that it seems that a very vocal segment of your fan base seems to want to scapegoat Meyer for leaving/after he left, when all the guy wanted to do was to come home and live his dream. If we had a guy from Macon who left OSU to go home and coach the Dawgs, we wouldn’t begrudge him the chance to do it. If it’s in the blood, it’s in the blood. You’re just upset that Urb’s didn’t run Orange.


    “Miss Guided”

  16. barkleyblows says: Jul 21, 2013 5:17 PM

    When is MusChump going to be held accountable for his own players??? Typical SECheat crap.

  17. helladonks says: Jul 21, 2013 6:00 PM

    what are you so butt hurt about that you feel the need to post the same comment on multiple articles?

  18. mediocrebob says: Jul 21, 2013 8:10 PM


    You’re very wrong about if you had a coach leave OSU for another school. This fan base would never forgive him. I know this to be a fact.

  19. 2011dsdad says: Jul 21, 2013 10:00 PM

    Talk about not being grateful for a gift! Guy sucker punched a bouncer – for John Q. Public or a non-athlete UF student, that’s felony assault. Instead the State Attorney charges him with a misdemeanor and gives him deferred prosecution.

    Oh well, the good news is that when he gets arrested again (seems inevitable), this will be strike one, with the first strike one safely under the rug

  20. thermanmerman99 says: Jul 21, 2013 10:03 PM

    maybe this dunce can transfer to ohio state, he would fit right in with urban crier

  21. gatorprof says: Jul 21, 2013 11:20 PM

    Lots of things wrong here…

    The guy was just busted and got a ***deferred prosecution for punching a bouncer***, but still thinks that it is a good idea to be out and about on the town at 3:45 am? He then decides to start messing with the cops and barking at a police dog? The cops tell him to step in front of the car and he resists?

    Antonio has just shown that he has ZERO ability to make a even a reasonable decision.

    Cut him.

    BTW, I agree, it would have been hilarious if Bear did get a piece of him.

  22. alan3008 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:11 AM

    “In June, Morrison was arrested and charged with first-degree simple battery after allegedly punching a bouncer. Prior to the alleged punch that led to his arrest, Morrison dipped into his athletic ego and pulled out the ol’ “Do you know who I am? I am a UF football player” card.

    Two weeks later, he was given deferred prosecution on that charge.”
    See there? Another black man that thinks he can punch someone because he does not like what they are doing. He did, and now he is getting off for it because he is a UF football player. What an incredible bunch of BS. He is lucky he is not another Trayvon. Florida should cut him, or at least suspend him for a number of games.

  23. alan3008 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:14 AM

    The police do over-react to these things though. Why not just tell him to shut up and quit bothering the dog. Then, if he doesn’t, arrest his dumbass. He is nothing but another stupid football player with no common sense and obviously had no guidance growing up.
    Ten bucks says he in in jail withing the next four years.

  24. worldforesight says: Jul 22, 2013 12:55 AM

    Why not? Florida police will most certainly arrest a black man for barking at a dog but not arrest an armed white/mixed man who racially profiles, follows, invokes a fight, shoots and kills a 17yr old Skittles chomping kid walking in his neighborhood. We are a nation of laws (but only for the ones it deems suitable).

  25. overratedgators says: Jul 22, 2013 2:49 AM

    As always … Stay classy, Gators.

  26. gatorprof says: Jul 22, 2013 7:34 AM


    Yes, they overreact, but that particular club…All Sports…is a hell hole that is a magnet for all sorts of problems, so the cops are on edge everything they are there.

    “Deputies have responded to more than 200 calls to that scene since August 2012 mainly because of trouble among the large crowds that congregate in the parking lots and nearby businesses. The sheriff’s office routinely assigns between eight and 11 deputies to patrol the area on weekend nights.”

    There is no way that Antonio should be there jeopardizing his status as a Gator. If Cervone pursues, not a given as barking at a police dog isn’t a crime unless it was with malicious intent from what I understand, Antonio’s deferred charge is back on the table.

    Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb….

  27. florida727 says: Jul 22, 2013 8:50 AM

    I’m obviously a Gator fan, but I have to admit, even I can’t stop laughing at the stupidity of this one. So for that, I offer you the following…

    When you’re a highly regarded recruit at a major college football program, your games are seen on cable. When your games are seen on cable, your name is recognizable on all forms of media, including CFT. When your name is recognizable on all forms of media, including CFT, your barking battle against a police dog gets reported. And when your barking battle against a police dog gets reported, people make fun of you on CFT. Don’t let people make fun of you on CFT. Get rid of cable. And upgrade to Direct TV. :)

  28. dkhhuey says: Jul 22, 2013 8:51 AM

    I’m sure at some point in time over the last 4 years Urban Meyer has thought about this kid so that means it is completely his fault and should be punished immediately for the murders this kid will commit sometime in the future! /End sarcasm font!

  29. thegamecocker says: Jul 22, 2013 8:53 AM


    EXCELLENT and very funny!

  30. benvincible says: Jul 22, 2013 9:20 AM

    Next Fall:

    Animal Planet

    In conjuction with the Gainesville SPCA


    Antonio Morrison (The Dawg Whisperer)

    and this time…Morrison will leave no doubt, as to





    OUT !

  31. tominma says: Jul 22, 2013 10:18 AM

    Stupid arrest by a big headed cop!! If the dog was in the car, there can be no interference! Dumb adolescent prank but not a crime. Get a life cops!

  32. florida727 says: Jul 22, 2013 10:59 AM

    Thanks #thegamecocker. I try. If you can’t laugh at stupidity (usually my own), what can you laugh at? Have a great day!

  33. bluemalak says: Jul 22, 2013 11:55 AM

    You can’t fix stupid, and this guy is just plain old stupid.

  34. frug says: Jul 22, 2013 2:37 PM

    In Morrison’s defense, he is claiming the dog barked first…

  35. normtide says: Jul 22, 2013 5:27 PM

    Arrested for barking at a dog? What has this country turned into?

  36. kansacity88 says: Jul 22, 2013 6:04 PM

    He never really had much going on for him except for football. Trust me, I know…..I taught PE at his HS!!!

  37. gatorprof says: Jul 23, 2013 10:29 AM

    Here is the video of the arrest. Resisting, hardly. The sheriff made it public and has said that a warning is more appropriate. I agree.

    The police are always edgy when they are called to All Sports given the number of violent crimes that are committed there. In this case, they overreacted to Antonio being a clown.

    That being said, I am inclined to get rid of Antonio because of poor judgement. You shouldn’t be out and about at 3:45 am. You should never be at the worst establishment for crime in Gainesville. You shouldn’t be barking at police dogs or goofing on the police at 3:45 am. You should count your blessings that you got a second chance on a deferred prosecution.

    If Boom keeps him, I would suspend him for half the season and punish him “physically” with 5:30 AM physical conditioning training.

    My guess is that he won’t learn his lesson and will be a problem waiting to happen if Boom keeps him.

  38. thegamecocker says: Jul 23, 2013 5:13 PM

    What I see is that Morrison is not struggling too hard to break away: a good thing. What I can’t hear is any of the audio so I don’t know if he was mouthing off or not…..I truly wonder if this was over-reaction by the police? The video seems to tell one story, But I really do not know what the audio would reveal.

  39. sillec28 says: Jul 25, 2013 9:41 AM

    This is typical of the Florida “arrests” that the media loves to headline. What Morrison did was playful go “arf arf” at the police dog. Wow, major crime there. Oh, and BTW, you won’t hear it from the media but the charges have already been dismissed and the cop who charged him has been reprimanded because what Morrison did isn’t even a violation of any law.

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