Gators QB Anthony Richardson drops ‘AR-15′ nickname
Presumed starter doesn’t want association with rifle used in Texas school shooting
Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson said Sunday he will no longer use the nickname “AR-15″ as part of his apparel line.
"While a nickname is only a nickname and 'AR-15' was simply a representation of my initials combined with my jersey number, it is important to me that my name and brand are no longer associated with the semi-automatic rifle that has been used in mass shootings, which I do not condone in any way or form," Richardson said in a statement on his official website and on social media. "My representatives and I are currently working on rebranding, which includes the creation of a new logo and transitioning to simply using 'AR' and my name, Anthony Richardson."
An AR-15 rifle was used to kill 19 children and two adults at a Texas elementary school in May.
Richardson's apparel brand also featured a scope reticle logo, which he said will be discontinued.
With Emory Jones having transferred to Arizona State, Richardson is the presumed starting quarterback for the Gators this season under first-year head coach Billy Napier.
The Gators will open their season Sept. 3 against reigning Pacific 12 Conference champion Utah.
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