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Despite ‘apology,’ Gator DT Leon Orr still booted

A rather bizarre story unfolded Saturday, with Florida defensive lineman Leon Orr opting to make the trek back to Gainesville from Nashville on game day instead of coming off the bench as had been the norm.

The fact that Orr chose to abandon his team was stunning. The fact that his head coach reacted the way he did wasn’t.

Following UF’s win over Vanderbilt, head coach Will Muschamp made it perfectly clear that the defensive lineman no longer had a spot on his team.

“Leon hasn’t started since the Alabama game,” Muschamp said of the Sept. 20 loss to the Tide. “He hasn’t started all week in practice, and he came to me [Saturday] and didn’t understand why he wasn’t starting. He said he was going to go home, and that was his decision. I said, ‘If you go home, you’re done. You’re not a Florida Gator anymore.’”

Amidst this, the defensive lineman took to social media to both apologize and explain away his impetuous act.

In response to questions of whether Orr could or will return to the Gators?

“No,” Muschamp said Monday.

In an interview with the Gainesville Sun, Orr explained his actions thusly.

“When I play football, it’s personal for me,” he said. “I’m in a predicament where if I don’t get on that field and perform, I can’t provide for my family. I want to be able to pay for my grandmother’s hospital bills so she’s not $100,000 in debt. I want to take care of my single mother. I want to put my daughter and my sisters and nieces in college.”

How raising that red flag by quitting his college team will help with his NFL dreams is unknown.