Florida Gators redshirt sophomore Anthony Richardson announced Sunday he will shorten his standing “AR-15” nickname to “AR.”
“It is important to me that my name and brand are no longer associated with the assault rifle that has been used in mass shootings, which I do not condone in any way or form,” Richardson wrote in a Twitter statement.
The “AR-15” moniker, which grew popular during Richardson’s breakout last season, merged his initials and jersey number and appeared in his branding and apparel series featuring a scope reticle.
The Gainesville native was a spokesman for the Gainesville Police Department’s gun buy-back program last Fall.
Richardson will be one of three Florida players to speak during SEC Media Days in Atlanta Wednesday.
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