Richardson said that, after thinking hard and consulting with friends and family, he would no longer use the nickname and would stop using a logo featuring a scope reticle as part of his branding.
“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,” he added.
Richardson, who split time with Emory Jones as a redshirt freshman 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 transferred to Arizona State earlier this year.
Rick Hurtado, director of football communications for the Florida Gators, referred CNN to Richardson’s statement when approached for comment.
AR style weapons have been used in some of the country’s deadliest shootings, including Uvalde, Tulsa, El Paso, Parkland, San Bernardino and Newtown.