Florida LB Antonio Morrison arrested for battery
Florida sophomore linebacker Antonio Morrison is facing a battery charge after he was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly punching a bouncer at a local nightclub.
“GPD arrested UF LB Antonio Morrison after he punched a nightclub bouncer at the Kava lounge,’’ the Gainesville Police Department said in a statement on its website. He was charged with simple battery.”
According to the police reports, Morrison was identified by several witnesses who said he argued with a bouncer outside of the Kava Lounge on W. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville early Sunday. The argument was reportedly over the cost of the club’s cover charge. Witnesses said Morrison was heard saying: ''Do you know who I am? I am a UF football player. I am Antonio!''
When told by the club’s bouncer that he was expected to pay the full cover price, Morrison allegedly punched the bouncer in the head. He was later identified from the UF website, according to police reports.
Morrison, a native of Bolingbrook, Ill, was later arrested at his dorm. He reportedly told police officers he got into a scuffle, but “it wasn’t that big of a deal.”
Morrison, who was an early enrollee in January 2012, appeared in 13 games this past season, with three starts. He had 34 tackles, 2.0 for loss, one sack and one forced fumble. He was named to the SEC Coaches All-Freshman team. He was projected as a full-time starter for the 2013 season.
Florida athletics spokesman Steve McClain said Florida coach Will Muschamp is aware of Morrison’s arrest and “handling the situation.”