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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: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:04 pm

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

its admissible...every word of it. Like was stated earlier....they dont have to consent to being recorded.  No expectation of privacy in a police cruiser.  Traffic stops are you think everyone who gets pulled over knows they are being recorded?  nope...thats just the way it is.  I hope they make an example out of these thugs....

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:00 pm

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

Too bad they weren't Ohio State football players.  Then, instead of being arrested, they would be allowed to play in bowl games while their coach cheats at will with no accountability - in fact, the school president said that Tressell is allowed to cheat since he actually runs the school.  The only mistake these scumbags made was going to a school other than Ohio State.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2011 10:47 pm

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

Legally, the tapes are admissible. There is no exprectation of privacy in a police car. Futhermore, most police cars have video cameras in plain site and therefore the perps know they could be reocrded.
Nope, no plain site audio equipment.  They didn't consent to being recorded nor were they told they would be.  Not admisssable, at least if the law is followed, but Florida has some strange laws.

Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: April 13, 2011 10:44 pm

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

Somewhat true ajGator - your Gainesville attorney is much more effective though. That guy should(and probably does with "side $$") make more than Muschamp/FrontButt/Meyer combined. 

But I've never seen so many arrests just disappear or so easily plead down.  This one is public and the evidence is on tape, if he can make this one disappear he may get recognized by a big law firm and you'll lose him....this plot sound familiar? Matthew McConaughay was the lawyer from The Devil's Advocate....the devil's son was a lawyer from Gainesville.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 10:32 pm

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

Why were they being recorded in the first place? I thought the cops only had the authority to arrest them and book them. Interrogation comes later.

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2011 10:29 pm

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

Well damn, at least they weren't drinking.  All is good, they will be at practice tomorrow.  Innocent 

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: April 13, 2011 10:27 pm

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

Seminole Dog, I have no idea what you're talking about.  Our athletes get arrested all the time.  And so do yours.  

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 10:27 pm

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

typical southern thugs.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2011 10:05 pm

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

Though comical, the most damning phrase in this clip is "this is not the bro-lice , this is the po-lice ..."  A not so veiled reference to the unpublicized but known fact that Alachua County and Gainesville law enforcement at all levels have "allegedly" provided for a safety net/baby blanket layer of protection for scholarshipped athletes who have been guilty of indiscretions, rules violations and misdemeanors, even felonies over the years.  Allegedly the DA (District Attorney) there is a "Bull Gator," the creme de la creme of Gator booster clubs.

Rare is  it when an athlete is charged in the city or county, and most of those charges are summarily dropped, with player punishment always "handled internally" by the coaches.  Like in Tuscaloosa and Knoxville, the majority of these behavioral tidbits never make the "bro-lice" blotter for public viewing and are never made public or released to "outisder" media. 

Witness Cam's double digit parking tickets, etc. and laptop caper was never brought to light until after he became Auburn's savior.  Muschamp, Donovan and Foley may want to do a little damage control and work on a bit more transparency in how bad decisions by their athletes are handled going forward.  This see no evil, hear no evil routine has run its course, but more likely the spin is in, and the cops will be found guilty of procedural missteps. 

Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: April 13, 2011 10:03 pm

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

I for one am shocked, SHOCKED that athletes at Florida are commiting crimes!!!  Next thing you're going to tell me is that UConn had or recruiting scandal or OSU covered up athletes transgressions.

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