Florida Linebacker Barks at K-9 Officer

University of Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison has been suspended after barking at a police dog.

Bill Jempty forwards word that Florida football is going to the dogs.

The Gainesville Sun (“Police: UF linebacker Morrison arrested for barking at K-9“):

Antonio Morrison, a University of Florida linebacker who was arrested last month after police said he punched a bouncer, is in legal trouble again. This time deputies say he interfered with an investigation by barking at a police K-9.

Morrison, a 19-year-old sophomore, was arrested early Sunday morning after Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies said that he harassed the dog during an incident near a bar that has been the scene of dozens of law enforcement calls in recent months.

Reaction was swift from Gator team officials.

“I’m extremely disappointed in Antonio Morrison’s decision making,” Coach Will Muschamp said on the UF Twitter account Sunday. “He has been suspended from the team and will miss at least two games to begin the season.”

I wasn’t aware that being bilingual was a crime.

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  1. APL says:

    What is with all these supposed great athletes? I think the coaches need
    to quit coddling them and have the B@&&s to take away their scholarships and kick them off the team.
    One offense may be a mistake, more the one is a
    habit of unacceptable behavior. This should go for
    all sports, from High School to the Pro’s

  2. @APL:

    What’s with the cops that they seem to go HULK SMASH for the flimsiest of reasons? I’m far more worried about why they’re “still on the team” than the linebacker.

  3. anjin-san says:

    I guess “disrespect of cop” has been extended to “disrespect of police dog”…

  4. C. Clavin says:


  5. al-Ameda says:

    These are athletes in Florida – my expectation are low.

    To be fair, this is the funniest non-crime Florida college athlete story (sorry, but don’t the police have REAL crime to attend to?) I’ve read in a long time.

  6. Franklin says:

    I wasn’t aware that being bilingual was a crime.

    I think you are assuming that he can speak English.

  7. Moosebreath says:

    Was he asking “Who let the dogs out”?

  8. Rick Almeida says:

    I’m not usually at all sympathetic to athlete’s legal troubles, but this would be a great opportunity for sane people to say, “To hell with this.”

  9. Almost as stupid at the West Virginia University football player who robbed someone while wearing his team sweatpants which had his jersey number on it.

  10. OzarkHillbilly says:


    I guess “disrespect of cop” has been extended to “disrespect of police dog”…

    If it was my dog? Not even being a cop and all that, but if he was F’n with my dog in this way? Oooooppps…. The leash just slipped out of my hand.

    Really, he’s a punk and lucky that the cop showed more restraint than he deserved.

  11. Anderson says:

    but if he was F’n with my dog in this way?

    He went “woof woof” at a dog in a car. Which he says was already barking at him. Lighten up, Hillbilly.