Arrested on third-degree burglary counts for breaking into a car in St. Augusine, FL early Sunday morning, Florida Gators forwards sophomore Erik Murphy and freshman Cody Larson found themselves in the back of a police car along with team manager Josh Adel, who was also arrested for principal to burglary.
Audio recordings featuring Murphy and Adel talking in the back of the car were released by First Coast News on Wednesday. They showcase Adel lamenting the fact that he will most likely lose his job because the players did not listen to his advice while Murphy thinks of ways to get out of trouble and tries to get Larson to turn himself in.
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“Bro, do you know how fucked I am because of y’all dumb motherfuckers?” Adel asks. “I’m fired. Like, you’ll have another shot. I’m done. I have no second shot, bro. […] And I told y’all to stop [trying to break into the car]. You did that.”
“I know,” Murphy replies before trying to calm his nerves. “I’m getting you out of it.”
Adel doesn’t believe there is any chance he can repair his image. “Fuck that man,” he responds. “It doesn’t matter. My job was supposed to…I’m supposed to be looking after y’all. And y’all are fucking going into fucking cars that I said not to.”
Then Murphy calls Larson, who also fled the scene but was not caught, to try to get him to surrender to police. “They don’t have anything on us. We’re gonna get off,” he says in a lie while Adel whispers to him, “We’re not getting off.”
Faced with the reality of the situation, Murphy begins thinking of excuses lies to tell the police. “You know what we could say? Listen, listen, listen. When we went back in, the dude was being a dickhead to us and was like, ‘You gotta leave.’ I was looking for my wallet,” he says before Adel rejects the suggestion as “a dumb God damn idea.”
Murphy responds, “No, fuck that. I’m pulling everything out,” to which Adel tells him not to bother. “No, you’re not, because that makes us look like assholes. That we’re, that you two are wasted and fucking breaking in cars. That looks fucking dumb.”
Adel then makes a statement that appears to indicate there is some type of preferential treatment allowed in Gainesville, FL.
“There’s no getting off. We’re not in fucking Gainesville,” he says. “[The St. Augustine police] don’t give a fuck. Do you understand I’ll be fired and I have no chance of ever pursuing any type of career in basketball?”
Head basketball coach Billy Donovan said Tuesday that he will wait to evaluate the situation until all of the details, facts and truth about the events that morning have surfaced. He has already indefinitely suspended all three men.
“I know there was some very unfortunate events, that I was very disappointed in, that took place this weekend with Cody Larson and Erik Murphy,” he said. “I made a statement that both guys are suspended right now from our team. I really can’t take any questions and cannot talk about it because obviously it’s ongoing. All I can say is I’m disappointed in those guys. They’re disappointed in themselves. And we’ll have to wait and see what happens going forward.
“I want to find out if what was out there, how that plays itself out. I don’t know where I’m at until I find out more. I talked to both of them yesterday and told them upfront that I was not in a position to talk about what they were going through. They’ll have to get legal representation. They’re going to have to make some family decisions and do some things. I’ve got to see the way all this plays out. Certainly the decision they made was very disappointing. The fact that they were arrested was very disappointing. For that, they’re going to be suspended here from all activities. That will probably be something I’ll have to make a decision on once all that’s settled.
The additional evidence released Wednesday may make that decision a bit easier.