Gators LB Antonio Morrison apologizes, wants to move on
Florida suspended LB Antonio Morrison met with the media on Wednesday saying he wanted to apologize for his behavior this past summer - which included two arrests - then move on.
"I want to apologize," Morrison said. "I've been in trouble the past few weeks and it's sincere from me. I apologize to my coaches, my teammates, everybody (for) everything that went wrong. It's behind me. I'm moving forward from this. It's behind me. I just want to play football."
Morrison was arrested twice in a 35-day span this past summer. He was arrested in June for hitting a doorman at a Gainesville night club after the man refused to waive the cover charge for Morrision - who reportedly asked "Do you know who I am?"
He was arrested again in July for barking at a police canine which was sitting in a patrol car, but was on duty at the time.
Morrison, 19, received deferred prosecution in the first case. Charges in the second case were dropped after the state attorney's office said no arrest should have been made.
Florida coach Will Muschamp originally suspended Morrison for two games, but on Monday reduced that suspension to one game, meaning Morrison will be able to play in the game against Miami. Muschamp said Morrison's actions, and his subsequent behavior, didn't warrant two games.
On Wednesday, Morrison was defensive and agitated at times during questioning, insisting he would not answer specific questions about the arrests or his conversations with Muschamp about his future if he runs into trouble again.
"I ain't going to get into detail what I did," Morrison said. "But the whole situation, overall, that sent a message to me, and I learned from the whole situations overall and I apologize again. I'm very sorry to all the Gator fans, my coaches, my teammates. That's me. That's not me being forced to do this. I wanted to come do this. I can't run from it."
Morrision acknowledged he "let his teammates down" and said being away from football was the toughest part of his troubles.
"It's been hard being away from me teammates, not being around football," Morrison said. "That was the toughest part."
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