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|Florida center Jonotthan Harrison was ejected for pushing a referee in an Oct. 5 game vs. Arkansas.|
Weeks after his somewhat mysterious ejection from Florida’s win over Arkansas, Gators center Jonotthan Harrison alleged that his tantrum, which resulted in his ejection and heated conversations with two Gators coaches, stemmed from an Arkansas player using a racial slur during the game.
“One play I got face-masked, then the next play I got called every version of the N-word known to man,” Harrison said. “I went up to the ref, and I’m like, ‘Ref, please, you have to control this player. He’s been calling me every racial slur.’ And I talk with my hands, as you guys probably have seen this whole time, and I touched the ref in his chest. I didn’t poke him.This from palmbeachpost.com:
“There was no malicious intent,” he said. “I wasn’t trying to be an A-hole or anything like that. I was honestly was just trying to tell the ref to get this player because I was getting attacked. I felt like I was getting harassed, and it was beyond football. Calling me the N-word and everything is not football anymore. It is just going out of your way.”
See Harrison’s ejection below:
Harrison’s media session Tuesday was the first time he has spoken to reporters since the Oct. 5 game. He did not identify which Arkansas player allegedly cast slurs.
Harrison’s anger was difficult to understand at the time, but he was involved in a heated exchange with two Florida coaches after the ejection. In the aftermath, there was no disciplinary action taken by the SEC office or Gators coach Will Muschamp — at least not publicly — for Harrison’s outburst.
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