Florida LB Morrison arrested for barking at dog, suspended for first two games by Muschamp

Updated on Monday at 8 p.m.

Florida Gators sophomore linebacker Antonio Morrison was arrested for the second time in five weeks on Sunday morning, this time on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest without violence and harassing an on-duty animal after he barked at a police dog.

He was subsequently suspended two games by Gators head coach Will Muschamp, who expressed his displeasure over Morrison getting in trouble with the law a second time this summer in an official team statement released Sunday afternoon.

“I’m extremely disappointed in Antonio Morrison’s decision making,” he said. “He has been suspended from the team and will miss at least two games to begin the season.”

Morrison, expected to start at middle linebacker to begin the season, will miss Florida’s showdowns with Toledo on Aug. 31 and Miami on Sept. 7. It is unknown if he will be allowed to practice with the team. Should Morrison not miss any additional time, he would be able to return to the field against Tennessee on Sept. 21.

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The specific public order crime Morrison was charged with falls under Florida Statute 843.19 for offenses against police dogs, fire dogs, SAR dogs, or police horses.

Any person who intentionally or knowingly maliciously harasses, teases, interferes with, or attempts to interfere with a police dog, fire dog, SAR dog, or police horse while the animal is in the performance of its duties commits a misdemeanor of the second degree.

The charges of resisting arrest without violence and harassing an on-duty animal are first- and second-degree misdemeanors, respectively.

According to the police report, Morrison was in a “group of several males” that was walking on Southwest 13th Street when they approached a K9 police car that was stopped to investigate a white vehicle called in following a “suspicious incident and disturbance” at an “after-hours business.”

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SIX BITS: Grow, Murphy, Parsons, Horford, Hernandez, Lee, Haslem

1 » Former Florida Gators linebacker Monty Grow, best known for a vicious hit on West Virginia quarterback Darren Studstill during the 1994 Sugar Bowl [Video], was arrested Sunday night on child abuse charges after leaving a three-year-old girl unattended in a car outside the Diamond Dolls strip club in Redington Beach, FL. The girl’s mother had tracked her via GPS in his car and called the police when she realized that her daughter was stationary at that location for an extended period of time. Grow, 41, left the girl in the car for approximately 20 minutes; he ran up to the car upon leaving the club and admitted to leaving her unattended, telling police he was just making a quick stop inside to collect money that was owed to him by an employee of the strip club. He was released on $5,000 bail on Monday. Grow played at Florida from 1989-1993 but was suspended for the 1991 season after testing positive for steroids. He played two years in the NFL after leaving college.

2 » Chicago Bulls forward Erik Murphy put together a much-improved showing during his second NBA Summer League game, scoring 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting (4-of-5 from three) in 33:37 on Monday night. Murphy was 0-for-6 from downtown in his first game and has now picked up 17 fouls in 52 combined minutes over his two contests.

3 » Houston Rockets F Chandler Parsons is getting a lot of attention for his style as of late. A viral video attempt by the sports management company that represents him, Relativity Sports, takes a comical look at how obsessed some are with Parsons’s hair.

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Documents paint damning picture for Hernandez

More than 150 pages of documents stemming from eight search warrants were officially released by a Massachusetts judge on Tuesday as the state continues to build its case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez for the June shooting of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez, who remains locked up without bail on multiple charges including first degree murder, has allegedly been pegged by one of his associates as the triggerman in Lloyd’s shooting as noted in related documents released by the state of Florida.

According to the records obtained by the Associated Press, Hernandez admitted to Ernest Wallace, who is facing a charge of accessory after the fact of murder, that he pulled the trigger. This information was relayed via another Hernandez associate, Carlos Ortiz, who is also being investigated and expressed to Massachusetts police that Wallace told him Hernandez acknowledged that he shot Lloyd.

Considering both Ortiz and Wallace are believed to have been with Hernandez on the night and at the time Lloyd was shot – police contend they were all in the car together and also at the scene of the crime – Ortiz’s tale of the events that evening understandably sounds questionable.

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Hernandez nearly arrested at Florida in 2007

The Wall Street Journal on Monday uncovered a 2007 police report showing that the Gainesville Police Department nearly arrested former Florida Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez on felony battery charges before he ever stepped on the field for the team.

According to a police report from April 28, 2007, a 17-year-old Hernandez was served two “alcoholic drinks” by a waitress at The Swamp, finished the drinks and then refused to pay the bill because he claimed he had never ordered them in the first place.

A “verbal altercation” between Hernandez and a then-restaurant employee escalated when the two stepped outside of the establishment. “Hernandez told police [Michael] Taphorn ‘got in his face’ and began yelling at him,” reports the WSJ. “As Taphorn turned to walk away, Hernandez punched him in the side of the head – a fact Hernandez did not dispute.”

Two witnesses, one of whom was quarterback Tim Tebow, told police that Taporn “was being irrational and was getting in [Hernandez's] face,” according to an incident report obtained by OnlyGators.com.

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6 BITS: Speights, Hernandez, Calathes, Robinson

1 » Former Florida Gators center Marreese Speights declined his 2013-14 player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers and will test free agency, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Speights, who would have earned $4.515 million from the Cavaliers had he exercised his option, will likely join his fourth team in six NBA seasons unless he is signed by Cleveland, Memphis or Philadelphia, which selected him with the No. 16 overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft. Speights was traded on Jan. 22 to the Cavaliers where he averaged 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while shooting 45.7 percent from the field.

2 » The prosecution in the State of Massachusetts’ case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is now of the belief that all three men involved in the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd are now in custody, Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter said in a statement. Ernest Wallace, 41, turned himself into Miramar, FL, police on Friday after seeing his name on the news. Investigators are now focused on finding the murder weapon as they continue to piece together a case that is based on Hernandez being the lone shooter.

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TWO BITS: Van Aman’s DUI, Zunino’s walk-off

1 » Florida Gators redshirt freshman walk-on punter Grant Van Aman was arrested by Gainesville Police early Saturday morning for driving under the influence. According to the police report, Van Aman was pulled over at 2:29 a.m. on the 1200 block of Southwest 8th Avenue in Gainesville, FL, for failing to stop at a stop sign while riding his red scooter. Van Aman cut off the officer, who happened to be at the scene, when he missed the stop sign, forcing the officer to suddenly “hit the breaks” on his car to avoid an accident. Van Aman then “jerked the handle bars on his scooter causing it to swerve and almost lose control.” The officer noticed “a very strong odor of alcoholic beverages” on Van Aman, describing his eyes as “watery, blood shot and extremely dilated” and his face as “flush and pale.” Furthermore, Van Aman was slurring his speech and mumbling his words, which led the officer to conduct a DUI investigation. Van Aman was not forthright about his drinking that evening, refused to submit to a field sobriety test and twice refused breath tests. He remains locked up in Alachua County Jail.

2 » Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino, just 11 games into his MLB career, registered his first walk-off hit on Friday night as he led Seattle to a 5-4 win (10 innings) over the Chicago Cubs. With the bases loaded and the count full, Zunino smacked a one-out single up the middle to send his team to victory. Zunino is currently batting .237 with one home run, two RBI and two walks. [Watch]

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Florida LB Morrison gets deferred prosecution

Florida Gators sophomore linebacker Antonio Morrison received deferred prosecution on Friday after being arrested nearly two weeks ago for first-degree misdemeanor simple battery after allegedly striking a bouncer.

According to the Gainesville Police Department, Morrison and a group of men visited Kava Lounge & Bar on June 16 and inquired about the cost of entering the establishment. The bouncer at the front door told him the price and explained that he would not be receiving a discount, information that caused Morrison to become upset.

“Don’t you know who I am? I am a UF football player! I am Antonio!” he responded, according to the official police report.

After again being told he would have to pay full price, Morrison allegedly threw a “closed fist” that connected “on top of the left side of [the victim’s] head” before leaving.

Morrison, 19, was read his Miranda rights at his on-campus dorm. He admitted to getting into a “scuffle” with the victim at the establishment but contented that it was not a “big deal.” He further admitted to being intoxicated at the time of the incident and claimed he did not remember the details of what transpired.

According to Florida Today’s David Jones, who first reported the agreement, Morrison’s deferred prosecution includes mandatory attendance at both a drug and alcohol abuse program and anger management program. He must also join the University Police Department for two separate eight-hour ride-alongs and pay $100 to the State Attorney’s Office. Finally, he has the option to pay $150 as a donation to CDS Family and Behavioral Health Services or perform 12 hours of community service.

“The specifics of the agreement were accepted by the alleged victim,” Jones reported.

A four-star rated prospect prior to his first season at Florida in 2012, Morrison appeared in all 13 games for the Gators as a true freshman, starting three contests. The early enrollee out of Bolingbrook, IL, finished with 34 tackles (2.0 for loss), a sack and a forced fumble, receiving SEC All-Freshman Team honors at the season’s end.

At the time of Morrison’s arrest, Florida announced that “Coach [Will] Muschamp is aware of the situation and handling the matter.” The program has not addressed the incident since though it will likely be a topic of conversation at the SEC Media Days. The Gators will make an appearance on July 16.

Morrison will have six months to complete the terms of his deferred prosecution. He was represented by Gainesville, FL, attorney Huntley Johnson.

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Aaron Hernandez charged with first degree murder

Updated Friday at 2:15 p.m.

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder in the first degree and arraigned on five additional gun charges when he made his first appearance in front of an Attleboro District Court judge on Wednesday.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges and will be held without bail.

Hernandez, who was arrested at approximately 8:45 a.m. Wednesday at his North Attleboro, MA, home, has been the center of an investigation by Massachusetts State Police since Monday, June 17 following the “execution-style” murder of 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

The Patriots released Hernandez two hours after his arrest.

In addition to being charged with first degree murder at the arraignment, Hernandez was charged with carrying a firearm without a license, two counts of possession of a large-capacity firearm, and two counts of possession of a firearm without an owner’s identification card (one including ammunition).

Attorneys Michael K. Fee and James L. Sultan represented Hernandez in court as Bristol Assistant District Attorney Bill McCauley detailed a wide variety of circumstantial evidence the state has already uncovered implicating Hernandez in Lloyd’s murder.

The state has used surveillance evidence and cellular tower tracking data to place a vehicle containing Hernandez, Lloyd and two other men at the scene of the crime. Two minutes after shots were heard in the area, the vehicle arrived at Hernandez’s home, which is two minutes away from the crime scene.

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