Florida LB Morrison charged with simple battery

By Chip Patterson | College Writer

Florida LB Antonio Morrison was arrested for allegedly punching a bouncer over the weekend. (USATSI)
Florida LB Antonio Morrison was arrested for allegedly punching a bouncer over the weekend. (USATSI)

Florida football players have been able to avoid the police blotter during the 2013 offseason, but that came to a close over the weekend with the arrest of sophomore linebacker Antonio Morrison.

Morrison was arrested Sunday for allegedly punching a bouncer at a Gainesville bar. The Gators' starting linebacker was charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor, and booked into Alachua County Jail.

According to the Gainesville Police Department, Morrison took issue with the bouncer because of the cover charge at Kava Bar and Hookkah Lounge.

Per the Orlando Sentinel, Morrison asked the bouncer, "Do you know who I am? I am a UF football player. I am Antonio!"

Morrison's arrest is the first for Will Muschamp's team since the Gators' wrapped spring practice in early April. The school released a statement following the arrest acknowledging that Muschamp "is aware and handling the matter."

Morrison started three games as a freshman in 2012 and appeared in every game, recording 34 tackles -- the most among Gators' freshmen. He is expected to be team's starting middle linebacker in the fall.

 
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