Florida football's Antonio Morrison of Bolingbrook makes public apology
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Antonio Morrison met the media Wednesday and apologized for his active offseason, according to reports.
The University of Florida sophomore football player and Bolingbrook High School graduate was arrested twice this summer, with the second incident, July 21, prompting Florida coach Will Muschamp to suspend the linebacker for the Gators' first two games this season.
The charges from July 21, for barking at a police K-9 dog inside a squad car and resisting arrest, were later dropped by Alachua County State Attorney Bill Cervone. Morrison's suspension was later reduced to one game; he will sit out the Gators' season opener Saturday against visiting Toledo.
"This dismissal is based on the lack of evidence to warrant, much less legally sustain, those charges and the complete inappropriateness of pursuing court action against Morrison, or anyone else, under the circumstances," Cervone said in a statement when the charges were dropped. "The charge of interfering with a police animal requires malice, and none exists."
Morrison was also arrested in the early morning hours of June 16 and charged with simple battery after allegedly punching a nightclub bouncer in the head. He received a deferral in that case and was ordered to stay out of trouble for six weeks. His second arrest initially jeopardized his deferral, but when the charges were dropped, Cervone said the deferral remained intact.
"Because his arrest and potential prosecution for [the second] incident are in my view legally inappropriate, there are no grounds to revoke that agreement," Cervone said at the time.
As a true freshman during the 2012 season, Morrison played in all 13 games for the Gators and ranked eighth with 34 tackles, 27 unassisted. He also had two tackles for loss and one sack.