OTL: Florida Gators had most athletes involved in crimes, Ronald Powell avoided cocaine arrest

An Outside the Lines report released Sunday, the result of a 10-program investigation, found that the Florida Gators had the most football and men’s basketball athletes named in criminal investigations from 2009-14.

OTL found that 80 football and basketball players — making up 24 percent of the combined rosters — were cited for more than 100 crimes during that six-year span, also noting that the Gators had the most repeat offenders.

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FOUR BITS: Tebow, Parsons, Jackson, Easley

1 » Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz spoke with the media on Thursday and provided some perspective on the team’s decision to sign former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract. “We worked him out and we saw improvement from the last time we saw him,” he said. “[We] had exposure to him live when we played New England when they practiced here. When we worked him out, we saw a great deal of improvement in him.” Ultimately, the Eagles decided “that it was an opportunity to bring in somebody who could compete for a spot,” and all indications are that Tebow will get that chance, a legitimate one at that – unlike some of his other stops..

2 » Forward Chandler Parsons, in his first year with the Dallas Mavericks, has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering what appears to be a serious right knee injury. Parsons, who was averaging 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 33.1 minutes per game for Dallas, was a full-season starter for the Mavericks and the team’s key free agent signing in the offseason. The Houston Rockets, Parsons’s former team, leads the Mavericks 2-0 in their first-round series. Fellow former Florida F Corey Brewer is averaging 15.0 points in 26.5 minutes per game for Houston thus far in the series. He’s shooting .500 from the field and .571 from beyond the arc.

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Florida Gators CB J.C. Jackson remains in jail on felony charge, not cooperating with police

Florida Gators redshirt freshman cornerback J.C. Jackson remains in jail Monday on $150,000 bond as he is being charged with a first-degree felony in connection with an armed robbery that occurred in Gainesville, Florida, over the weekend.

According to The Gainesville Sun, Jackson “has refused to cooperate with investigators” as the Gainesville Police Department hopes to identify and bring in the other two men that committed the alleged crime.

Seeing as Jackson was a participant in the alleged crime but did not brandish the firearm or take direct part in the robbery, GDP spokesman Ben Tobias told the paper that Jackson would likely be better off speaking to police and working out a deal as opposed to remaining silent on the matter.

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Aaron Hernandez found guilty of first degree murder, sentenced to life in prison

Five men and seven women serving as a jury in Fall River, Massachusetts, on Wednesday found Aaron Hernandez, a former tight end with the New England Patriots and Florida Gators, guilty of murder in the first degree.

Hernandez, 25, stood accused of killing Odin Lloyd in an industrial park less than a mile from his North Attleboro, Massachusetts, home. An autopsy revealed that Lloyd was shot six times.

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Aaron Hernandez indicted on 2012 double murder

Aaron Hernandez, a former tight end with the Florida Gators and New England Patriots currently in jail awaiting trial for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, was indicted Thursday by a grand jury for a July 2012 double murder outside of a nightclub in Boston.

According to Ted Daniel of FOX 25, who first reported last June that Hernandez was being investigated for the double homicide, the incident included three men being shot, “two fatally, as they sat in a car at a traffic light. … A gray or silver SUV with Rhode Island plates opened fire on it.”

Investigators believed that a fight broke out at a nightclub called Curve in the South End between two men and a group of others that included Hernandez. After everyone left the club, someone from an SUV believed to contain Hernandez and his group allegedly opened fire on the vehicle.

Apparently, the SUV containing Hernandez circled the block numerous times waiting for the men to get out of the club and sit at the light.

“This case was about two victims who were stalked, ambushed and senselessly murdered,” the district attorney said on Thursday.

One theory as to Hernandez’s motive for allegedly murdering Lloyd was because he was a witness to this incident.

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FOUR BITS: Figueroa, Fowler, Caldwell, Hill

1 » For the second time in as many days a former Florida Gators baseball has been called up to a MLB roster and will finally get his shot in the big leagues. Shortstop Cole Figueroa, who is batting .299 in 32 Southern League games with the Durham Bulls, will join the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday as a replacement for Ben Zobrist, who is headed to the disabled list with a dislocated thumb. Figueroa has played 250 games in Triple-A while waiting for his shot. Right-handed pitcher Anthony DeSclafani got the call on Tuesday to make his first appearance in the big leagues Wednesday night as a starting hurler for the Miami Marlins. DeSclafani (6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 K) put together an impressive debut, leading Miami to a 13-3 win and even getting things done at the plate going 1/4 with two RBI and a run scored.

2 » There is no good reason to have a mock 2015 NFL Draft with three months to go until the start of the 2014 college football season – in fact, there are plenty of ways in which one could point out that a mock draft for next year is a terrible idea – but ESPN.com’s Todd McShay published one on Wednesday ($) and it included some high praise for a current Florida defender. Gators junior Buck linebacker Dante Fowler, Jr. was mocked by McShay as the No. 4 overall pick in next year’s draft. Unlike cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy, who was projected to make big gains during his junior season and prove to be the most NFL-ready player to come out of Florida in 2014, Fowler is unanimously considered the Gators’ best draft prospect for 2015. Hopefully for Fowler, unlike Purifoy, he makes the most out of what could be his last season.

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CB Loucheiz Purifoy caught with drugs, gets arrest warrant quashed

Former Florida Gators cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy, a junior who declared for the 2014 NFL Draft in December, was found in possession of marijuana and bath salts in March. According to The Gainesville Sun, he was not arrested after agreeing to cooperate with authorities as an informant, but when he failed to do so, had an arrest warrant issued that was later quashed.

He never could be reached by investigators with the task force, which includes sheriff’s deputies and officers with the Gainesville Police Department.

The Sheriff’s Office then filed a sworn complaint against Purifoy, after which a bench warrant was issued earlier this month, but the arrest warrant was quashed Wednesday.

The GPD is conducting an internal affairs investigation into the quashing of Purifoy’s warrant, which Sheriff Sadie Darnell told the paper was an “unusual” occurrence.

Purifoy was caught with the drugs on March 18 at 11:34 p.m. while in the drivers seat of a “rental Buick from Tennessee” near Southwest 20th Avenue. A deputy smelled marijuana and approached the car.

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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.

BREAKDOWN: 14 Florida Gators arrested under Will Muschamp

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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