This is a first. Arrested for barking at a police dog?
Starting Florida Gators middle linebacker Antonio Morrison was locked up on Sunday morning for harassing a police animal, according to a Gainesville Police Department report, via The Orlando Sentinel.
This is his second arrest in as many months. On June 16th, he was pinched for allegedly punching a bouncer at an area bar.
Gators coach Will Muschamp announced on Sunday via Twitter (@GatorZoneFB) that Morrison would be suspended for at least the first two games of the season. “I’m extremely disappointed in Antonio Morrison’s decision making,” he wrote.
Per the report, Officer William A. Arnold had a police K9 named “Bear” in the car. Morrison walked over to the vehicle and began to bark at the dog. Officer Arnold stated Morrison’s actions prevented police from doing its job properly, so Arnold asked Morrison to step to the front of the vehicle. Morrison resisted when the officer tried to handcuff him, the report states.
Two other deputies arrived and helped handcuff Morrison after he repeatedly was told to stop resisting. The report states Morrison, 19, told Arnold he made a “woof-woof” sound because the K9 officer had barked several times at him first.