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Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

Posted on: April 13, 2011 3:51 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 4:30 pm
Posted by Matt Norlander

News of two Florida basketball players and a team manager being arrested broke late Sunday night/early Monday morning. It didn't look good, of course, but the program quickly replaced that talking topic in Gainesville with the enlightening news of Billy Donovan bolstering his staff with the additions of Norm Roberts and John Pelfrey.

Well, today we can turn our attention back to the arrest and felony burglary charges, because we've got some damning, if not enrapturing, audio from the scene of the crime. Specifically: the back of the St. Augustine police car, where manager Joshua Adel and Gators sophomore Erik Murphy had quite the conversation. Quotes that will be messageboard fodder for years.

"We're not in Gainsville, they don't give a [expletive]," Adel told Murphy, who was dead set on not getting booked/charged and talking his way out of handcuffs.

"Do you understand I'll be fired and I have no chance of ever pursuing any type of career in basketball?" Adel asks Murphy in the audio clip embedded below. Adel clearly knows he's in trouble with his job, but Murphy wants to hear none of it. Murphy comes off as incredibly dumb and short-sighted, attempting to concoct a story with Adel to "get off."

"We could get them in trouble for letting us in when we weren't 21," Murphy says of the bar owners. "[Expletive] that. I'm pulling everything out."

Despite Adel's admonishment, Murphy comes to a "whatever, bro. I'm doing it" conclusion. Dude, you're not dealing with the bro-lice. This is the po-lice.

All the while, Florida freshman Cody Larson, who is already on probation, stemming from a 2010 misdemeanor drug charge in South Dakota, is on the lam. He eventually calls the guys in the back of the car (I'm not sure how they answered a cell phone, as they were in cuffs; I also don't know why they were allowed to have their phones, or why the cops left the car) and needs serious persuading from Adel. Persuading to do what? To turn himself in. Larson was clearly scared and still wondering if he should hide.

"They're gonna find you man. You can't be a [expletive] fugitive," Adel says to Larson.

So much cursing abounds, transcribing out the quotes wouldn't do it justice. This is absolutely worth the entire listen. Might be the audio clip of the year.

You know what that conversation sounded like to me? Something out of "Friday Night Lights." It's that unbelievable, in the truest sense of the word. I can't believe what Erik Murphy was proposing/thinking. And if it's possible, Adel actually comes out of this looking about as good as he possibly could. He's level-headed, realistic and completely refuses to cooperate with any ridiculous notion Murphy or Larson float by him.

The lesson to be learned, outside of, you know, not breaking the law: If you ever find yourself in the back of a cop car, by all means, keep your mouth shut.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 6:13 pm

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

That is a weak argument!!!  Wrong is wrong, whether it's at OSU or Florida.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2011 10:38 am

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

AGAIN another clear example of the SEC at its best!!! O.K. they are good at sports, big deal but at what cost??  These kids are all hoodrats, and I would bet there was was not they would have been let into college if they did not play hoops.  Whey are these SEC schools going to remember that they are there to EDUCATE first and that they MUST admit students who are good honest kids not dirtbags!

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: April 15, 2011 12:06 am

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

Ok, let's clear the air here between what these kids did and what OSU did.  The Tatt 5 and Coach Tressel made stupid decisions and exhibited unethical behavior.  For that they're being punished by the NCAA and rightfully so.  However, no one was harmed or violated.  Thus, it's an ethical infraction only.

What the UF players and manager did is so far beyond that.  It's not just unethical -- it's outright criminal.  It's not just a violation of sports rules, it's an outright violation of society's rules, which is more commonly known as "THE LAW".

So let's get past our petty little tribal differences and realized that this isn't about sports.  This is about violating society's rules, and these kids need to be punished.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 4:13 pm

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

Can you spell felony skreffy.

You are a total moron.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 4:06 pm

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

Wow, what an epic boner (that means mistake for those of you only know the other meaning, although the other meaning could also apply in this case)! You have to wonder about someone who was going to get a starting role on a 20+ win Gator team doing something this stupid. The world seems to be running out of common sense and Florida is getting more than its fair share of no common sense moron atheletes.

Even though losing Murphy and Larson would be devasting to the Gator's chances in the near term, I have to say if there isn't some mitigating information that we haven't heard about yet, these guys should be kicked off the team. If the facts are what has been presented so far and there's nothing we don't know I cannot see how Donovan or Florida could rationalize keeping these kids.

Makes you wonder whether Murphy's brother who is going to Duke is as big an idiot? If so, coach K. better put a 24x7 "idiot watch" on him so he doesn't make an ass of himself his brother did at Florida.

Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 3:28 pm

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

Glad Larson de-committed from Iowa.  We have enough problems with our football team.  We didn't need this idiot on our campus.

Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 1:23 pm

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest


Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:34 am
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Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:20 am

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

Skreffty, are you a lawyer?  Because you should be.  Obviously getting free tattoos and selling your personal possessions is a major felony.  Or is it??? Oh, wait a second, it's not.  Moron.  They broke NCAA rules.  Everyone knows that, but please spare the rest of us to your ignorance.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:27 pm

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

Adel actually seems like a decent dude, is he a saint? hell no. So what he likes to party and go to bars with underage kids, that's hardly thug material. Breaking into cars and then trying to avoid cops is thug behavior though, but it doesn't seem like Adel had any knowledge they were going to do this. Adel got himself involved with the wrong dudes. I hope Adel gets a second shot and makes the most of it, the other 2, don't seem to realize how stupid they are. Let them pay.

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