Popular Florida football player arrested after barking at police dogBy Mason White 7:08 AM July 23, 2013
By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with interfering with a police animal related charges after he barked at a police dog, according to police reports in Florida.
Gainesville Police said that troubled Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison has been arrested this week for barking at a police dog. He has been suspended at least two games following his second arrest in a little over a month.
Morrison was arrested on Sunday morning for harassing a police animal.
This comes just a month after Morrison’s arrest for hitting a security guard at a bar in Gainesville.
After his latest arrest, Morrison was booked into the Alachua County Jail at 4:15 am Sunday. Around noon, Gators’ coach Will Muschamp announced that Morrison would be suspended for at least the first two games of the season.
“I’m very disappointed in making this decision regarding Antonio Morrison,” Muschamp said on Twitter.
According to the police report, Morrison was in the vicinity when the Gainesville Police responded to a disturbance near the All Star Sports Bar, the place of dozens of calls to law enforcement in recent months.
According to the report, Officer William A. Arnold had a K9 dog named “Bear” in the car. Morrison approached the vehicle and began barking at the dog.
Police said that his actions prevented the police from doing their job properly, so Morrison was asked to move to the front of the vehicle. Morrison resisted when the officer tried to handcuff him.
Two other deputies arrived and helped arrest Morrison after he repeatedly resisted. The report said Morrison, 19, made a sound “bow-wow” because the K9 dog barked repeatedly at him first.
Morrison was arrested for misdemeanor charges of interfering with a police animal and resisting arrest without violence. He appeared before a judge at 9:00 am Sunday and was released on his own recognizance.
Morrison was out of jail on Sunday afternoon.