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Florida Rapper Gunplay Arrested After Alleged Assault on Wife and Child

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Miami, FL — Florida rapper Richard Morales Jr., known by his stage name “Gunplay,” was arrested on Sunday night, August 20th, on charges of battery and child abuse. Morales, who's associated with Rick Ross‘ Maybach Group and is a pivotal member of the Southern hip-hop trio known as Triple C's, now finds himself grappling with a complex legal situation that could potentially cast a shadow over his pursuits.

The that led to 's arrest involved an alleged domestic violence situation. He was taken into custody on a range of charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, and child abuse. The most alarming accusation is that Morales pointed a rifle at his wife while she was holding their six-month-old child. As a result of these charges, Gunplay's bond has been set at $20,000, adding to the complexity of the situation.

While the arrest and charges came as a shock to many, Gunplay's wife, Vonshae Taylor-Morales, took to her Instagram account to provide her side of the story. Sharing a heartfelt message with her followers, she expressed her gratitude for the outpouring of support and requested prayers during this difficult time.

In her post on Instagram, Vonshae Taylor-Morales shared some really troubling information about what happened and how it's affecting their relationship. She made it clear that her main concern is her daughter's safety and happiness, and that nothing comes before that. But she also opened up about something deeply concerning – Richard Morales going back to using substances and having a really serious issue with drinking.

Taylor shared that she had tried her best to be there for Morales and support him during his difficult times. However, she recognized that certain personal battles are something individuals have to confront by themselves. She stated, “This is a demon he has to overcome on his own. At this point, I genuinely think it might be too late.”


The account of the incident presented by Taylor depicted a tense situation. She recounted how she had asked Richard to lower his volume while playing as it was disturbing their sleeping baby. This request reportedly triggered an angry response from Richard, leading to a rapidly escalating conflict. Taylor stated that she attempted to gather her belongings to leave with her daughter and give her husband time to sober up. However, he allegedly prevented them from leaving, and the situation took a darker turn.

Gunplay's wife's message on Instagram reads as follows: “I just want everyone to know my daughter and I are safe. My daughter is my first priority. Unfortunately, Richard is back using and developed a very bad drinking problem. I've tried everything in my power to help him and love him. This is a demon he has to overcome on his own. At this point, I really believe it's too late.”

“To summarize last night's event. I asked Richard to quiet down as he scared the baby sleeping by yelling playing Call of Duty. He started going off on me for asking him to be quiet. I tried to collect a bag so my daughter and I can go to a room while he sobers up. He didn't want us to leave and things went left fast. He was arrested last night, the weapon is in police custody. I have a restraining order, my daughter is in my custody and I am filing for divorce. He will never get the chance to disrespect us again. Thank you all for the well wishes and prayers. This is a very traumatizing experience please keep me in your prayers.”

“I never planned on speaking on this but now that it is out. Please keep us in your prayers. Thank you”


As a result of the incident, Taylor revealed that she had obtained a restraining order against Gunplay and filed for divorce. She vowed that he would never have the opportunity to disrespect them again.

The entire situation has left us with a lot of unanswered questions, and honestly, we're not sure what the future holds. Hearing Taylor's side of the story has really brought to light some troubling aspects, especially concerning Morales's struggles with substance abuse and his drinking problem. It just adds a layer of complexity to the whole situation around his arrest.

As we keep an eye out for what happens next in court, the sad situation with Gunplay and his family shows how tough things can get when people are going through hard times. It's not just about music or fame; this shows how real-life problems can hurt the people around us. We all hope that things get better for everyone involved.

Written by: Silvia Tine

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