Florida Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison has been suspended for at least the first two games of the season following his second arrest in just over a month.
Morrison was arrested early Sunday for allegedly barking at a police dog and resisting arrest. He was later released on his own recognizance. He was also arrested in June and charged with simple battery after punching a bouncer at a Gainesville nightclub.
At SEC media days Tuesday, head coach Will Muschamp said he had not yet decided on punishment for Morrison as related to the first incident, but he announced Sunday that the talented sophomore had been suspended following his latest arrest.
“I’m extremely disappointed in Antonio Morrison’s decision making,” Muschamp said. “He has been suspended from the team and will miss at least two games to begin the season.”
The troubled linebacker had a strong freshman season in which he finished with 34 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble and was named to the SEC coaches’ All-Freshman team. He was expected to be a key member of the Gators defense this season. Now, it seems that one could argue that his future as a Gator is in some doubt.