1 Updates
NCAA: Charges Dropped Against Florida LB Antonio Morrison
Photo Credit: Getty Images

NCAA: Charges Dropped Against Florida LB Antonio Morrison

Jul 24 2013, 8:51pm CDT | by

The State Attorney's Office dropped misdemeanor charges against Florida Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison on Tuesday.

The State Attorney's Office dropped misdemeanor charges against Florida Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison on Tuesday.  The Associated Press via Fox Sports Florida quoted State Attorney Bill Cervone...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

NCAA: Charges Dropped Against Florida LB Antonio Morrison

Jul 24 2013, 8:51pm CDT | by

The State Attorney's Office dropped misdemeanor charges against Florida Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison on Tuesday.

The State Attorney's Office dropped misdemeanor charges against Florida Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison on Tuesday. 

The Associated Press via Fox Sports Florida quoted State Attorney Bill Cervone who said the charges were dropped mainly due to lack of evidence. 

He said that the "dismissal is based on the lack of evidence to warrant much less legally sustain those charges and the complete inappropriateness of pursing court action against Morisson, or anyone else, under the circumstances involved.

"The charge of interfering with a police animal requires malice, and none exists. It also requires that the animal be engaged in some official duty, and it cannot be said that sitting in the back of a police cruiser is case he is needed constitutes being engaged in such activity."

Cervone is referring to an incident which occurred early Sunday morning in which Morrison allegedly barked at a police dog named Bear. A police officer named William A. Arnold was at the scene for an unrelated incident when he saw the dog bark back at Morrison, which the officer says diverted the animal's attention away from the investigation

Morrison initially resisted arrest but was eventually booked at the Alachua County Jail at 4:15 a.m. ET on Sunday. 

Dan Wolken of USA Today Sports reveals a video of the incident which was released on Monday "appeared to show that police might have acted overzealously." He also adds Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell saying a warning would have sufficed. 

Morrison was also arrested on June 16 for allegedly punching a bouncer at a night club. He received deferred prosecution on the simple batter charge. He was also ordered to stay out of trouble for six months. Mark Long of the Associated Press writes the latest arrest involving the police dog could have violated terms of that agreement. 

Long also points out Gators coach Will Muschamp suspended Morrison for the first two games of the 2013 NCAA season due to the second arrest. It still remains unclear if this suspension will stand. 

The statement from the State Attorney's Office indicating the dropped charges can be seen here

 

 

Don't miss ...

 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Koji Uerhara Signs 2-Year, $18M Deal With Boston Red Sox
Koji Uerhara Signs 2-Year, $18M Deal With Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox signed closer Koji Uerhara to a two-year, $18 million deal on Oct. 30.
 
 
Lahiri hoping for memorable debut at WGC-HSBC Champions
Shanghai, Oct 31 (IANS) India's Anirban Lahiri will be hoping for a memorable debut when he takes his place among the game's elite at next week's $8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions.
 
 
Corinthians, Fluminense to meet Bundesliga pair in Florida Cup
Rio de Janeiro, Oct 31 (IANS) Brazilian football clubs Corinthians and Fluminense will compete against Germany's Bayer Leverkusen and FC Koln in the Florida Cup in January.
 
 
Rio launches Olympic stadium tender
Rio de Janeiro, Oct 31 (IANS) Rio de Janeiro has launched a tender for a 52 million-real (about $21.8 million) revamp of the city's 2016 Olympic athletics stadium.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

1.26 mn uprooted Iraqis need shelter: UN
United Nations, Nov 1 (IANS) The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that some 1.26 million internally displaced people (IDPs) throughout Iraq need shelter and basic supplies, UN...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Price expects ghosts in new house
London, Nov 1 (IANS) Singer Katie Price feels that her new house is going to be full of ghosts. She recently moved into a west Sussex nine-bedroom mansion with husband Kieran Hayler and her five children. She's...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Canada suspends issuance of visas to Ebola-hit African countries
Ottawa, Nov 1 (IANS) Canada has suspended issuance of visas to residents of West African countries with "widespread and persistent-intense transmission" of Ebola virus disease, a media report said Friday. The Canadian...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Sheen keen to return to 'Two and a Half Men'
Los Angeles, Nov 1 (IANS) Actor Charlie Sheen says he is open to a return to popular TV show "Two and a Half Men". Sheen, who was was fired from the sitcom in March 2011 after a series of negative headlines, says he...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
14 killed in Honduras bus crash
Tegucigalpa, Nov 1 (IANS) At least 14 people were killed and scores injured when a bus carrying them plunged into a ravine in western Honduras, media reports said Friday. The accident, which occurred early in the day...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
US urges peaceful transition of power in Burkina Faso
Washington, Nov 1 (IANS) The US Friday called for a "peaceful" transition of power in Burkina Faso, but refused to label the military's take-over as a coup. "We underscored our commitment to peaceful transitions of...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
'Interstellar' about bonds of love: Jessica Chastain
Los Angeles, Nov 1 (IANS) Actress Jessica Chastain says that her forthcoming science fiction "Interstellar" is also about fathers and the bonds of love. In the movie, she plays Matthew McConaughey's character's...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Chinese unmanned lunar orbiter returns home
Beijing, Nov 1 (IANS) China succeeded Saturday in the world's first mission to the Moon and back, becoming the third nation to do so after the former Soviet Union and the US. The test lunar orbiter, nicknamed "Xiaofei...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Avril Lavigne feels 'a bit lost'
Avril Lavigne feels ''a bit lost'' amid rumors her marriage to Chad Kroeger is on the rocks. The 'Here's to Never Growing Up' singer, who recently celebrated her 30th birthday without her husband, reportedly thinks her...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Scott Disick is battling severe anxiety
Scott Disick admits his anxiety makes him ''literally want to jump out of my skin.'' The 31-year-old reality TV star - whose longtime girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian is set to give birth to their third child in December...
Read more on Celebrity Balla