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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.

(H/T SPORTSbyBROOKS)
Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

I seriously doubt that.  I have rarely had an opportunity to meet a smart police officer.  Rather it is typically the criminals who are dumb.  This case is no different.  The crime was dumb, the excuses were dumb, and failing to realize that an audio recording was being made was dumb.  The police didn't find Adel's phone during a pat down.  Adel even admits that in his conversation with Larson.



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

They were allowed to have their phones because the police were smart. The police (correctly) thought they would be morons and either a.) talk to Larson or b.) talk about what happened. They did both.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

You need to get over the 2006 Outback Bowl and move on.



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 6:23 pm
 

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

The only one with half a brain is Joshua Adel.  Be careful who you hang out with!  The wrong people can get you in just as much trouble as they are in.  He was there and it will be hard to prove his innocence.  It sounds like this was not the first time those two were in trouble.  Florida basketball and Florida fans will be better off without those two.  I feel somewhat bad for Adel.  I think he was at the wrong place with the wrong people at the wrong time and three wrongs do not make a right.  Still, it would be nice, if true, and the other two came clean and got Adel off.  Of the three he is the only one who may have any character.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

Cody Larson is the biggest dumba$$ for fleeing the scene and thinking that's it's OK to be a suspected felon evading arrest.  He now will have an additional felony charge piled on top of his burglary charge.  Due to his previous drug issues and probation, Larson is definitely toast.  Murphy is a dumba$$ for thinking he can come up with a lame excuse for why he was breaking into a car: 1) since I didn't steal anything, I didn't do anything wrong 2) since they let me in to the bar without checking if I was a minor and forced me to get drunk, they should be liable for my actions.  What a joke.  Murphy should be kicked off the team for thinking that either of those excuses would justify his actions.  Adel made a serious lapse in judgment by 1) allowing players to hang out with him at his condo 2) bringing the players into a bar and drinking alcohol knowing that the players were under the legal drinking age 3) acting as lookout for the players while they broke into cars or at the least, having awareness of what they were doing at the time the crimes were being committed 4) running from the scene when the police arrived.  I will give Adel points for dismissing the idiotic ideas of both Murphy and Larson, but things don't look real good for him. 



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

i think this is JUST hysterical...they FINALLY FINALLY got some audio to go with some of these gator arrests. this IS so florida! could you imagine the soundbite of all of the other arrests under urban meyer ...the guy who tried to remove the boot to a towed away car. to the guy DEATH TEXTER. to the guy who stole a dead persons credit card immediately after she died and continued to use it like it was his mom or dads. to scam newtons story after he threw the laptop out the window.  i would have loved for tim teblows bible session with the players after that one. i wonder if this last one can get a plaque on the basketball stadium like teblows rage speech???



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

I am a Florida grad, and this is what I think Billy Donovan should do:1. Cody Larson was already on probation, and then he ran from police.  Donovan should dismiss Larson from the team.2. Erik Murphy wants to blame everybody else, so he should also be dismissed. Welcome to reality Murphy!3. Joshua Adel is the only one who should be given another chance - only because he is man enough to accept the blame and consequences.
All 3 are done, the team manager alludes to previous 2nd chance(s), he realizes his future is pretty much over. Anyone in charge of players, if they are drunk and continue to do what they do despite being told to stand down ! Turn them in yourself. There's being a snitch and then there's protecting your future. I think college athletes need to have it explained to them, they aren't guaranteed a successful career beyond the scholarship that was offered. Nobody is going to jeopardize their future over this type of behavior/crime. Athletes need to understand, that decision and they have cut themselves from the program and team, they are on their own and maybe their parents can influence something fortuitous out of it, although I doubt it.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 5:41 pm
 

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

Why is this team manager hanging out with two basketball players.  I do understand
trying be one of the guys but to be hanging out in a bar with a couple of minors is
really dumb.  Adel was a stand up guy in the back of the cop car but that is because
he knows the reality of the situation unlike the two idiots he was hanging with that
night.  All 3 are going down and they deserve what they get.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

Like Ohio State has any room to talk!!! LMAO ROTF!!!



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Police audio: Gator players, manager after arrest

I am a Florida grad, and this is what I think Billy Donovan should do:1. Cody Larson was already on probation, and then he ran from police.  Donovan should dismiss Larson from the team.2. Erik Murphy wants to blame everybody else, so he should also be dismissed. Welcome to reality Murphy!3. Joshua Adel is the only one who should be given another chance - only because he is man enough to accept the blame and consequences.


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