Two University of Tennessee football players were charged after a good ol’ fashinoed bar fight broke out in Knoxville very early this morning and two more have been questioned about the incident. To add some icing to that cake, an off duty Knoxville Police Department officer was left with a head wound after trying to stop the fight between the players and an unidentified man. It’s a pity, really. These young men could have really benefited from the leadership of Lane Kiffin.
Two University of Tennessee football players have been charged and at least two more have been questioned in connection with a nightclub fight near campus.
Freshman wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers (disorderly conduct) and sophomore safety Darren Myles Jr. (assault, resisting arrest and evading arrest) were charged after the 1:50 a.m. incident at Bar Knoxville on Cumberland Avenue. Senior wide receiver Denarius Moore and sophomore defensive tackle Montori Hughes have been questioned regarding the incident.
A Knoxville Police Department incident report claims that off-duty KPD officer Robert Capouellez was injured with a “head wound” after trying to break up a fight between one unidentified man and several UT football players. KPD officials haven’t released the other man’s name because his family hasn’t been notified. –Times Free Press
Seven to ten UT football players were involved in the fight, because a Division 1 football player really needs six other Division 1 football players backing him up against one guy. The football players were not opposed to using weapons to beat down the one man, who was obviously a combination of Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, and Bruce Lee. Sandy Morton, the bar’s co-owner, gives the inside scoop.
“Basically, it was a normal Thursday night — Thursday’s our big night,” Morton said. “We had all the UT football players come in. They’re on a first-name basis with my husband (and co-owner), and they get VIP status, which means they pay no cover at the door. We’ve never had a problem with them in the past, but tonight, apparently they had a falling out with another gentleman. I don’t know why. I don’t know what happened, but several of the guys started beating up the other customer. I want to guess there was seven to 10 guys beating up this one gentleman.
“All the security then rushed in and were trying to break it up. My husband saw them picking up bar stools and starting to swing them. We got them out the door with security. There happened to be a friend of ours who was an off-duty police officer outside. He tried to help, and he ended up getting knocked out in the street and proceeded to be kicked while he was down on the ground in the middle of Cumberland. –Times Free Press
Why wouldn’t you give VIP status to football players? It’s not like they don’t have huge egos or an unmerited sense of entitlement already. This is a pretty standard happening for the Tennessee athletic program. They’re players seem to feel as if laws don’t apply to them, which is true, because they never seem to end up in jail.
Last November, three football players were arrested on charges of attempted armed robbery. Two were among the most prized signees of Kiffin’s first recruiting class, and were quickly dismissed from the team.
In January, basketball star Tyler Smith was dismissed from the team by coach Bruce Pearl because of gun charges that also led to the suspension of three other players.
In Fulmer’s final season, 2008, at least a half-dozen Vols had run-ins with the law. –USAToday
Here’s some boring news footage of the beat down. Maybe they should translate these same beat down abilities to the football field.