Florida QB Anthony Richardson will stop using AR-15 nickname

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Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson had combined his initials and jersey number into the nickname AR-15, which also became the name of his recently launched clothing line. But now Richardson has had second thoughts.

Richardson released a statement saying he doesn’t wish to be associated with an assault rifle that has been used in many of America’s deadliest mass shootings.

“After discussions with my family and much thought, I have decided to no longer use the nickname ‘AR-15’ and the current apparel line logo, which features a scope reticle, as part of my branding,” Richardson said. “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 assault rifle that has been used in mass shootings, which I do not condone in any way or form. 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.”

Richardson was born and raised in Gainesville and is expected to be the Gators’ starting quarterback this season.

47 responses to “Florida QB Anthony Richardson will stop using AR-15 nickname

  1. It’s a legal product. Many legal products are misused by many. Some guy just drove his car at about 80mph in my area. It ended in a crumpled mess. Should people stop using the name Chevy?

  2. That’s unfortunate.
    The AR-15 is America’s preferable gun of choice.
    He’s going to upset everyone in the state of Florida..

  3. It’s a legal product. Many legal products are misused by many. Some guy just drove his car at about 80mph in my area. It ended in a crumpled mess. Should people stop using the name Chevy?

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    Maybe assault rifles outta be regulated like chevys

    Take a test. Get a permit. Take another test. Get a license. Pay for insurance. Renew every 5 years. Eye test after 50.

    Carry loaded? Points off your license. Too many points off? Red flag revoked. Probation, re apply.

    Can’t be lawful? No ar for you.

    Why the f do we put up with mass killing of children AT school?

  4. Imagine being dumb enough to be triggered by a nickname. Constant tone policing doesn’t make you right it makes you a coward.

  5. Didn’t a UF player pull out a frying pan on someone a few years back? Seriously I kid you not, look it up.

    Are frying pans a bad thing now?

  6. catquick says:

    July 17, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    It’s a legal product. Many legal products are misused by many. Some guy just drove his car at about 80mph in my area. It ended in a crumpled mess. Should people stop using the name Chevy?

    You need to get a license and register a Chevy. I think you should have to do the same thing with a AR-15.

  7. catquick says: July 17, 2022 at 4:43 pm It’s a legal product. Many legal products are misused by many. Some guy just drove his car at about 80mph in my area. It ended in a crumpled mess. Should people stop using the name Chevy?

    You need to get a license and register a Chevy. I think you should have to do the same thing with a AR-15.

  8. The goal in business is to make $$$, if he thinks this helps him reach that goal, who cares?

  9. Everyone losing their minds cuz this kid doesn’t want to be associated with the guns that people use to murder little children in schools. It’s his choice if he doesn’t want to be associated with guns he doesn’t have to be I thought this was America?

  10. We approve. Thank you. No good comes from glorifying violence. or the means of violence.

  11. Sort of like the stupid name change from the Bullets to the Wizards. Does nothing.

  12. catquick says:
    July 17, 2022 at 4:43 pm
    It’s a legal product. Many legal products are misused by many.

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    The purpose of the product is to kill people. It’s not a car. If it was, there would be standards for owning and using it.

  13. Imagine being dumb enough to be triggered by a guy not wanting to be called a nickname that is the name of a weapon used extensively in the commission of terrorist mass shootings, including the massacre of young schoolchildren. Constant tone policing doesn’t make you right it makes you a coward.

  14. I love how these guns nuts justify needing a machine gun “Guy drove a car fast so I get to have a machine gun “

  15. Ummmm…..you DO have to register and get a license for an AR-15.

    Owning an AR-15 is a constitutional right, driving a car isnt. Thus no extraneous INFRINGEMENT S you suggest.

    Guns are not for “killing ” per se. They are for defending. NASCAR driver murdered by knife fueling car. Maggot murderer killed by police with a gun. See the difference? Of course not. Its called discernment, and you emotional weaklings don’t have it. Way, way more people are saved by firearms than murdered. Way more. Keep using drugs. No one ever has a mental problem from them, right?

  16. I applaud this young man.

    Anthony Richardson exhibits a sensitivity towards others instead of the self-centeredness which has infected our society. He exemplifies the concern for society and intent to do the best for all instead of the childish “do what I want” that has poisoned modern life.

    Kudos Anthony. I look forward to supporting your career and all of your endeavors.

  17. Shotguns, handguns, and rifles are normal for personal use, hunting, target shooting, and personal protection. No restrictions beyond what is currently in-place is required and it satisfies the constitutional right to bear arms.

    AR-15 ‘s and other weapons designed for mass killing should be registered, licensed, and insured just like car.

  18. I’m over these kids getting paid millions under the new rules. Why are we pretending they are even students at this point?

  19. Someone in Florida just issued a statement that makes sense. Wonder of wonders! Miracle of miracles!

  20. It’s sad in this country you are either woke or tone deaf, with nothing in between. Here I thought he was just being kind, thoughtful, and considerate to all those families that have lost loved ones to meaningless mass shootings.

  21. Oh ya absolutely nicknames are huge no no’s in 2022 and have been for awhile. Very triggering.

  22. Some guns may not be for killing people, “per se,” but killing people is EXACTLY THE purpose of weapons of war such as an AR-15. They are specifically designed for the battlefield, the ammunition to tumble inside a body and cause massive internal damage. No game hunter that has even half a clue would ever use it for deer hunting, etc., as this ammo destroys its target. It is not a weapon for simply stopping an opponent. If you point it at anything, you intend to kill it. And most people who have guns for self defense are not anticipating having more than 1 or 2 assailants to defend against. They do not need high capacity magazines that are capable of spraying enough rounds quickly enough to stop an entire militia (well-regulated or otherwise) during a home invasion. #Facts.

  23. Ummmm…..you DO have to register and get a license for an AR-15.

    Owning an AR-15 is a constitutional right, driving a car isnt. Thus no extraneous INFRINGEMENT S you suggest.

    Guns are not for “killing ” per se. They are for defending. NASCAR driver murdered by knife fueling car. Maggot murderer killed by police with a gun. See the difference? Of course not. Its called discernment, and you emotional weaklings don’t have it. Way, way more people are saved by firearms than murdered. Way more. Keep using drugs. No one ever has a mental problem from them, right?

    I’ve been looking around for examples of where an AR-15 was used in defense of anyone for a while. So far, it’s been for gophers or prairie dogs. Sure, I can see where those varmints are a huge threat… mostly if I were living in a sitcom dated between 1954 and 1968.

    I’m no expert, but it sure seems they’re very effectively used for annialating murder victims more than being used in defense. In that vein, I’d 100% disassociate myself of that nickname.

  24. This gun debate is rather tiresome. The second amendment is pretty clear. If our liberal friends don’t want us to have those types of guns then they should gather a whole bunch of friends and amend the constitution. Otherwise stop whining about it.

  25. cma1973 says:
    July 17, 2022 at 7:22 pm
    This gun debate is rather tiresome. The second amendment is pretty clear. If our liberal friends don’t want us to have those types of guns then they should gather a whole bunch of friends and amend the constitution. Otherwise stop whining about it.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    The second amendment was written in 1761. Do you think times have changed in the interim? What we really need are “patriots” that aren’t satisfied with completing their educations at fifth grade level.

  26. How about Glock? You wanna use that name? It’s the weapon of choice used in the majority of Chicago’s homicides and mass shootings. ArmaLite 15’s get a lot of publicity. They can look scary to noobs, and may be used in high profile crimes (read the crimes the media wants you to know about and use to hammer through gun control). However their usage pales compared to hand guns, or “Assault Glock’s.” You might as well call it that because that is what you are doing with the AR-15. You are assigning the word “Assault” to make it sound like it’s sole use is to assault people. That word is not part of the actual name of the gun. AR stands for ArmaLite, the original manufacturer, which made the guns from 1959-1964. Today there are many manufacturers of similar rifles. Gangs don’t use them as much because they are harder to conceal, similar to other rifles. This is a virtue signal, or an acknowledgement that half the country is emotionally broken, and those people buy clothing too, so the lesser impact on his profits is to ditch a name that lunatics clutch pearls over. The Black Nationalist that shot up the NY Subway this year used a Glock 17 9mm handgun. Funny how you don’t hear much about this anymore. It went down the memory hole, like the guy that shot up the Republican softball game. Wrong narrative, wrong gun, wrong race. As another commenter said, it’s all so very very tiresome to have to listen to adult children squeal about adult topics, devoid of logic or even simple awareness of the items they are talking about.

  27. stonecoldaggro says:
    July 17, 2022 at 7:22 pm
    Ummmm…..you DO have to register and get a license for an AR-15.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You conveniently left out “insured.”

  28. It’s a word play on his name and number. If you’re offended by this I think it says more about you than the nickname of a college player. What needs to happen is people need to hold the criminal liable instead of his weapon of choice. What ends up happening is there is a level of sympathy to these suspects because of their upbringing or life choices. They are immortalized by their actions due to the media constantly shoving it down our throats. They get their week of fame and then get to eat and live behind bars. Let’s start holding the people committing these atrocities more accountable and stop giving them what they want which is massive coverage.

  29. Everyone losing their minds cuz this kid doesn’t want to be associated with the guns that people use to murder little children in schools. It’s his choice if he doesn’t want to be associated with guns he doesn’t have to be I thought this was America?

    So are you saying if there was no AR15, there would be no school shootings? LOL

  30. _______________________________________________________________________________

    The second amendment was written in 1761. Do you think times have changed in the interim? What we really need are “patriots” that aren’t satisfied with completing their educations at fifth grade level.

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Yes things have changed in the interim and will continue to do so, and our forefathers thought about that and they conveniently put in a mechanism if things changed, its called an amendment, they even have a procedure for it. My comment stands, amend it or stop whining.

  31. Angel Valle says:
    July 17, 2022 at 8:08 pm
    It’s sad to see how many of you would give up you’re rights so easy.
    __________

    It is sad to see how many people do not know the proper usage of your versus you’re.

  32. Things have changed….for the worse. Our founders were brilliant, although the constitution was inspired by GOD. No wonder the pagan atheists want it destroyed. How many times have you heard “I have nothing to hide, officer!”
    Well, you don’t need a 4th, 5th or 14th amendment then. They were written centuries ago, right? BTW, an AR-15 is just a glorified .22. It just looks “cool” to the lamebrains(mostly lefties) who shoot at kids after a decade of vulgar, bloody, horrific video games. They were groomed to do this, and the loving, caring MSM salivate in wait for the next nut to explode. Sells soap AND moves their Marxist narrative.

  33. You woke folks better get rid of pencils, they miss spell words all the time

  34. Almost forgot….a Texas man stopped a church shooting with an AR-15 about 2 years ago. It’s hard to remember because the story was bum rushed of the pages. Also, the 1700’s? Why then, have we NEVER had this problem until the “woke, post-Christian” world took shape? Kids in the 70’s brought loaded rifle to school for him club. No shootings. An older man told me they put them in a rack in front of the school unlocked. They had fistfights 5 feet away and no one ever grabbed a loaded rifle. What changed? Kids who shoot up schools have much in common. NO FATHERS IN THE HOME. History of daffy behavior. They post it. But nothing is done.

  35. How many shootings did it take for him to realize “AR-15” might not be the best nickname?

  36. It’s laughable those who are claiming guns are for defending. Do you also think Patrick Mahomes is a great defender because he can score a lot of points?? What a joke!

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