Report: Ex-Colts, Packers LB charged with battery, NFL ‘paid to relocate’ his family due to violent behavior

Nov 4, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) is tackled by Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Antonio Morrison (44) during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Former Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers linebacker Antonio Morrison is in Marion County Jail on Friday night, facing charges for battery and now has unlikely future to return to the NFL.

According to court documents, obtained by WISHTV.com, Morrison was arrested by the Carmel Police Department on the morning of May 11. Officers took the 25-year-old linebacker to Community Hospital Behavioral Health Pavilion to be evaluated. On May 14, Morrison allegedly threatened to hit a worker with a chair then punched another worker, before being subdued by a stun gun.

The allegations against Morrison get even more alarming. He is wanted by police in Hamilton County, facing a felony warrant for intimidation.

According to court documents, Morrison’s neighbors have filed several complaints against the linebacker. Law enforcement received a call on April 22 from one of Morrison’s neighbors saying that he made lewd comments about the person’s wife and then came over the next day threatening to kill the neighbor. A doorbell camera caught the threat on video, according to police.

Police received additional calls from Morrison’s neighbors in the following days. Among the allegations, another neighbor said Morrison screamed at him and intimidated his daughter. On May 10, the Carmel Fire Department was met by an armed person when they showed up to a call about a fire.

Local law enforcement requested for Morrison’s firearms to be taken away, suggesting he “presents an imminent risk of personal injury to self or another individual.” Furthermore, police said that evidence gathered creates reasonable belief that Morrison “has a propensity for violent or emotionally unstable conduct.”

Morrison played college football at the University of Florida and emerged as a star. After earning second-team All-Sec honors in 2014 and first-team All-SEC honors in 2015, he was selected with a fourth-round pick by the Colts in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Court documents also allege the NFL was aware of Morrison’s violent behavior. According to a sergeant with the Carmel Police Department, the NFL “paid to remove Antonio’s girlfriend and two children from Antonio’s home about three years ago and relocate them to Florida due to violent behavior displayed by Antonio.”

Morrison played with the Colts in 2016 and 2017. He delivered his best season in 2017, racking up 108 total tackles with one pass deflection. The Colts traded him to the Green Bay Packers before the 2018 season. After being waived by the team in March 2019, Morrison has not received another opportunity in the NFL.