Anthony Richardson, a University of Florida quarterback known as “AR-15” because of his initials and uniform number, has announced that he prefers a less violent look as he moves into a season he is predicted to be one of the best. players. in student football.
Richardson, who also sells a clothing line, wrote on Twitter on Sunday that he no longer wants to be associated with the assault weapons used in the mass shootings that horrified the nation.
“It is important to me that my name and brand no longer be associated with an assault rifle that was used in mass shootings, which I do not condone,” he wrote on Twitter. The message has become the only content on Homepage your personal site.
He added that he is “shifting” to using “AR” or no pseudonym at all.
Richardson’s other site, www.shopar15apparel.com, which sold t-shirts and temporary reticle tattoos, reported Monday night that he was “no longer active.”
In an interview published yesterday by sports media group High Top Sports, Mr. Richardson explained the decision by “talking to my team”—”my management team, you know,” he explained—and adding, “There’s a lot going on with the AR-15s and gunfire and stuff, and a lot of people got hurt.” I was just talked about it, asking me if I support it.”
He continued, “I don’t want people to think I’m that kind of person.”
Just saw it this summer several mass shootings, including at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers, and at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, where a gunman killed 10 blacks in a racist attack. Both militants used AR-15 type rifles.
In Florida a the jury is now weighing whether to impose the death sentence on Nicholas Cruz, who pleaded guilty to killing 17 people and injuring 17 others at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. He also used a pistol resembling an AR-15.
Representatives for Mr. Richardson did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday evening whether there was any specific reason for his decision.
Rates consider Richardson is among the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy this season when he is a sophomore. With acrobatic agility and a 6ft 4in height and 232lb weight, he is able to electrify plays on the field such as an 80-yard touchdown against South Florida last season in which he barrel-shaped through security.
Richardson, from Gainesville, home of the Florida Gators University, appeared last October in a video for the Gainesville Police Department promoting a gun buyback program. But in addition to promoting gun-themed merchandise, Richardson has also appeared in at least one Ads assuming a pose in which he aims at a soccer ball, as if with a pistol.
The fact that he has a brand and a management team is largely a function of the NCAA. solution last June to allow college athletes to get promotional deals and find other opportunities to make money from their names, images and likeness.
In October, Outback Steakhouse announced sponsorship deal with Richardson. Around the same time, Richardson hosted a website that highlighted his AR-15 moniker on the landing page, according to the Wayback Machine, the website that hosts the Internet Archive.
“It’s a blessing for us to be able to make money,” Richardson. said Forbes in October last year. “He teaches us how to manage money and understand the business side of things. It also allows us to help our families in ways we couldn’t before.”
Around January, Richardson’s site began offering weapons-themed clothing to visitors.
Earlier this month, the Dallas Cowboys drew criticism on social media when they announced partnership with Black Rifle Coffee, a coffee company whose merchandising shown names and images of weapons and weapons paraphernalia.
Sheila McNeil contributed to research.