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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison has been suspended for at least the first two games of the regular season after being arrested for the second time in five weeks. Morrison was arrested early Sunday for barking at a police dog and resisting arrest. Both charges are misdemeanors. Later Sunday, Gators coach Will Muschamp announced that Morrison would be held out of the opener against Toledo (Aug. 31) and the road game the next week against Miami.

“I’m extremely disappointed in Antonio Morrison’s decision making,” Muschamp said in a statement.

Morrison played in 13 games, with three starts as a freshman, and is expected to have a bigger role this season The sophomore from Bolingbrook, Ill., also was arrested June 16 for allegedly punching a bouncer. He received deferred prosecution on the simple battery charged, a deal in which he was ordered to stay out of trouble for six months.

He was back in court Sunday, when a judge released him on his own recognizance.

According to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Morrison walked up to an open window on a police car and barked at a K-9 dog named Bear. The dog responded by barking back, prompting an officer to arrest Morrison for interfering with a police canine. According to the arresting officer, Morrison’s actions diverted the canine’s “attention from my investigation and towards him.”

Officers said Morrison resisted attempts to handcuff him.

Morrison told officers he made a “woof-woof” sound at Bear because the dog barked at him.

11 Responses to Can you believe this? Florida football player arrested, suspended for BARKING AT POLICE DOG

  • Larry Pup says:

    Pretty stupid if you ask me. He should be suspended. Some of these athletes think they are so tough and above the law. He found out didn’t he. Give the cop credit he did his job. You ought not be harassing a police dog. Not to smart if you have ever seen what one of those dogs can do.

  • jimharris says:

    What are things coming to? With all the crime and crap being ignored, a man is arrested for barking at their danged dog. I don’t know the player but do have to wonder what color he is.

  • Andy says:

    I guess the dog did not realize he was “Antonio”. The fact that he said the dog started it tells a lot about his maturity. Good luck Muschamp!!

  • wes says:

    This guy is an idiot he just walked up to the window and started barking at the K9. That dog would have tore him up. I wander what kind of grads does he have. A 5 yr old knows better than that

  • Larry Pup says:

    In all due respect Jim, color has nothing to do with this. Whether you are black or white you don’t go messing with an officer and his K-9 police dog, apparently involved in the performance of their duty, maybe even trying to stop crime as you mentioned. It was stupid and he had already been arrested before, and was resisting arrest here, which probably provoked the officer even more.

  • Love SEC F-Ball says:

    Can I believe it – Yes I can believe anything anymore.

    Heard of Howling at the Moon but not Barking at the local Police dog.

    Read an article about “Howling at the Moon” & they say a wolf’s cry can either be “Offensive or Defensive” Maybe he gave the wrong signal to the dog??

    Seriously though, Pup is right – Canine officers & their dogs do some great work and deserve respect.

  • coldspringmike says:

    Thanks Larry Pup, no need for that on this site.

  • Bill says:

    K-9 dogs are highly trained, unbelievably courageous, and more than a few have given their lives to protect their handlers whether police officers and members of our military. When in the field they are on alert especially toward large males who may be a threat. The squad car is their territory and if you cross their boundaries to provoke them you will elicit a response. This guy is lucky the dog was trained well enough that it didn’t come out the window and nail him.

  • Terry says:

    Kick him off the team for good!!!

  • Ira says:

    Everyone relax, when it comes down to it he still is a kid. Used to watch MP’s in the army aggravate their own dogs at times. Why because the non dog handler thought it was funny.

    Was it a smart move by this kid no, was it an over reaction by the police don’t know. We weren’t there to see everything play out. The police may have asked him to quit aggravating his dog and he didn’t, which got him in trouble. Cop could already had a bad day and he just topped it off. Either way, now he has learned let the police do their jobs
    Unimpeded.

  • JimHarris says:

    CSMike, do you mean to suggest that skin color makes no difference in Florida? C’mon, man, be real.

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