Anthony Richardson: Florida Gators quarterback won’t use ‘AR15’ moniker for this reason

“While a nickname is just a nickname and ‘AR-15’ is just a combination of my initials and the number on my T-shirt, it’s important to me that my name and brand are no longer associated with the assault rifle that was used in the mass shootings that I do not endorse in any way,” the Gators player said in a statement. posted on his twitter.

Richardson said that after careful thought and consultation with friends and family, he will no longer use the moniker and stop using the reticle logo as part of his brand.

“We are currently working with my reps on a rebrand that includes creating a new logo and moving to just using ‘AR’ and my name, Anthony Richardson,” he added.

Richardson, who shared time with Emory Jones as a redshirt rookie last season, threw for 529 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions in seven games. Richardson is expected to be Florida’s starting quarterback this season, as Jones moved to Arizona State earlier this year.

CNN has reached out to Florida for comment.

The American problem of gun violence has come to the fore again with a disturbing surge in mass shootings like those in supermarket in Buffalo, New Yorkelementary school in Uwald, Texasand on the fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

AR style guns have been used in some of the deadliest shootouts in the country including Uvalde, Tulsa, El Paso, Parkland, San Bernardino and Newtown.

As of Monday morning, there were 352 mass shootings in the US. Gun violence archive. The Archive and CNN define a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more people were shot, not counting the shooter.