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University Of Florida Football Player Arrested For Barking At Police Dog

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Mugshot of Antonio Morrison. (credit: Alachua County Jail)

Mugshot of Antonio Morrison. (credit: Alachua County Jail)

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — A University of Florida football player was arrested early Sunday morning for barking at a police dog.

According to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Morrison walked up to an open window on a police car and barked at a K-9 dog named Bear. The dog responded by barking back, prompting an officer to arrest Morrison for interfering with a police canine. According to the arresting officer, Morrison’s actions diverted the canine’s “attention from my investigation and towards him.”

Officers said the sophomore linebacker resisted attempts to handcuff him.

Morrison told officers he made a “woof-woof” sound at Bear because the dog barked at him.

Morrison charged with resisting arrest and barking at a police dog and was booked into the Alachua County Jail. He was released on his own recognizance.

This was the second time in the past month Morrison has been arrested. In June, the Gators linebacker was taken in after allegedly punching a bouncer at a bar. Morrison received a six-month deferral for the incident and will have that charge dropped after fulfilling the prosecution’s terms.

Gators coach Will Muschamp announced Sunday that Morrison would be held out of the opener against Toledo (Aug. 31) and the road game the next week against Miami.

Muschamp told the Orlando Sentinel last week that he was disappointed in Morrison’s offseason behavior.

“We have consequences if a guy makes a poor decision,” Muschamp said. “When a young man makes a poor decision there’s a litany of things that I make them (do to) work themselves back.”

Morrison was named to the Southeastern Conference Coaches’ All-Freshman Team in 2012.

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