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Florida Gators basketball players suspended



In the aftermath of their arrests this past weekend, Florida basketball players Erik Murphy and Cody Larson have been suspended from the team, UF coach Billy Donovan announced today.

Murphy, a sophomore forward, and Larson who is a freshman who was redshirted this past season, each face felony burglary charges stemming from an arrest early Sunday morning in St. Augustine. They are currently out on bond.

“I’m aware of Cody and Erik’s situation and very disappointed with the news,'' Donovan said in a statement released this morning. "The two are currently suspended from basketball-related activities. I’m not going to comment further until I have more information and get a chance to meet with both student-athletes.”

According to police. Larson, 19, and Murphy, 20, went into Scarlett O'Hara's Bar and Restaurant around 2 a.m. Sunday, claiming they had lost a wallet. Police said the men tried to get close to an employee who was counting money from the night.

Bouncers eventually forced Larson and Murphy to leave. Moments later, according to the report, they saw the men breaking into a co-worker's car in a parking lot across the street.

According to The St. Augustine Record, SAPD Sgt. Jason Etheredge said Murphy and Joshua Adel, who identified himself as a team trainer, were handcuffed and left alone in the back of a police car, and that Larson kept calling Murphy's cell phone. Etheredge told the St. Augustine Record that a recording of the players in the car includes admissions by the three men that they had participated in the burglary.

[Last modified: Monday, April 11, 2011 11:41am]


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