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.
Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. NJ.com reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.
So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.
Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.
The recent flooding in the state of South Carolina has brought many dangers and concerns much more important than football with it, but this being a college football-focused website we must dive into the connection real life issues have with the sport from time to time. South Carolina is scheduled to host LSU in Columbia this Saturday, and that still appears to be the plan. Alternate plans have been discussed though, just in case they will be needed as the week unfolds.
The very concept of moving a college football game to another stadium is indeed a rare situation. It is not, however, completely without precedent. The 1942 Rose Bowl between Duke and Oregon State (my how the times have changed) was moved from Pasadena, California across the country to be played in Durham, North Carolina. This was out of fear of the west coast being attacked during World War II though. LSU’s Tiger Stadium has served as a home football stadium for a weather-related event in the past as well. The New Orleans Saints played four games in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and forced the Saints to play the entire 2005 season on the road.
Today is only Tuesday, so there is still some time to make sure Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding area is suitable for hosting the SEC contest this weekend. Odds are the game will be able to be played as scheduled, but safety for fans and teams involved is always the priority.