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.
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.”