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UF's Morrison arrested for barking at police dog

Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison’s second arrest in just over a month will cost him at least two games.

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Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison’s second arrest in just over a month will cost him at least two games.

GAINESVILLE — Thirty-five days after he was arrested for punching a nightclub doorman who wouldn't waive the club's cover charge, Florida sophomore linebacker Antonio Morrison was arrested again Sunday, around 4:14 a.m.

For barking at a police dog.

Morrison was charged with interfering with a police animal and resisting arrest without violence, and this second stint in jail could be more costly.

Coach Will Muschamp announced Morrison has been suspended from the team for at least two games, and his deferred prosecution agreed upon from his June 16 arrest could be jeopardized.

"I'm extremely disappointed in Antonio Morrison's decisionmaking," Muschamp said in a statement released by the university.

According to an Alachua County Sheriff's Office arrest report, Morrison went up to a parked patrol car, which was on the scene responding to a disturbance at an after-hours establishment, and began barking at the police dog, named Bear, in the car.

When an officer approached Morrison and tried to handcuff him, the report said, Morrison resisted the handcuffs and was charged with resisting arrest without violence. He was also charged with distracting a police dog, a second-degree misdemeanor. If found guilty, his deferred prosecution could be revoked, which could result in jail time.

According to the police report, Morrison said he barked at the dog after the dog barked at him.

Last week, Muschamp said he hadn't made a decision on Morrison's punishment for the first arrest. Muschamp said part of his disciplinary belief is to counsel players as well as punish them.

"You educate the student-athlete about making a better decision the next time around," he said.

Morrison was the projected starter at middle linebacker. He made 34 tackles as a freshman in 2012.

Middle Tennessee St.: Nashville TV station WSMV reported defensive tackle J.D. Jones, defensive tackle Marcus Robinson and cornerback Rodney O'Neal were arrested and charged after an incident last week. The Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro, Tenn., said Jones was charged with two counts of domestic aggravated assault, and O'Neal and Robinson each faced two counts of aiding and abetting.

Former Auburn hoops player dies: Former Auburn basketball player Korvotney Barber apparently drowned in Panama City Beach, authorities said. A passerby found the 26-year-old's body at 3:49 p.m. Sunday, a day after Barber disappeared, Panama City Beach Cpl. Jason Gleason said. He said police believe Barber drowned but a medical examination is needed to determine the exact cause of death. Barber averaged 10.9 points and 7.2 rebounds in a four-year career ending in 2008-09.

Antonya English can be reached at english@tampabay.com. Information from Times wires was used in this report.

UF's Morrison arrested for barking at police dog 07/21/13 [Last modified: Sunday, July 21, 2013 11:49pm]
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