Nine current and three former Tennessee football players were arrested or cited in Knox County Sunday morning as police were called to break up an off-campus party at Quarry Trail Apartments.
Current linebacker A.J. Johnson and defensive tackle Danny O'Brien as well as former players Dontavis Sapp and Isaac Mobley were all listed on the Knox County Sheriff's Office 24-hour arrest list.
Johnson and Sapp, both 22, were each charged with providing alcohol for persons under the age of 21 and resisting arrest.
O'Brien, 20, was charged with criminal impersonation, resisting arrest and underage consumption.
Mobley, 20, who last played in 2012, was charged with underage consumption.
In addition, according to additional KCSO documents obtained by The Daily Beacon late Sunday night, seven other current Tennessee football players were cited for alcohol-related offenses.
Linebackers Curt Maggitt, Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Jakob Johnson were cited for providing alcohol to underage individuals for consumption.
Cornerback Justin Coleman, offensive tackle Dontavius Blair and defensive ends Malik Brown and Dimarya Mixon were all cited for underage consumption. Former walk-on Daniel Sola was also cited for underage consumption.
Officers were called to building No. 7 of the apartment complex at approximately 12:02 a.m. Sunday morning on reports of loud music.
The officers discovered a party of "approximately 80-90 people" at Sapp and Johnson's apartment.
The report states officers realized that many of the people present were under the age of 21 with alcohol in plain sight.
The officers were then called back at approximately 12:37 a.m. when they were advised that a fight had broken out in front of Building No. 7.
At that point, O'Brien presented an Alabama ID that provided a false name and stated that he was over the age of 21.
O'Brien was described in the police report as having "a very strong odor of alcohol on his breath," and was "combative" as officers tried to take him into custody.
In addition, Sapp was outside and "visibly intoxicated" when officers returned. Officers attempted to secure Sapp, but A.J. Johnson interfered and grabbed one of the officers by the shoulder in an effort to prevent Sapp's arrest. A.J. Johnson was then subsequently taken to the ground where he "continued to resist arrest by pulling away and rolling around," according to KCSO documents.
The documents stated that Johnson and Sapp also provided marijuana to numerous underage individuals, including at least one minor.
The two, however, were not charged with this offense.
Officers noticed marijuana residue in a pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana along with residue and clippings on a table in one of the bedrooms. Residents of the apartment destroyed the pipe, and the ownership of the apparent drug paraphernalia could not be determined, according to the documents.
Although Sapp and A.J. Johnson were named in the report as hosts of the party, Maggitt, Jakob Johnson and Reeves-Maybin are also residents of the apartment.
Sapp and O'Brien are scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 20, 2014, while A.J. Johnson is set to appear on Feb. 21.
"We are aware of the situation and are still in the preliminary stages of gathering all facts and information," head coach Butch Jones released in a statement. "We have very high standards and expectations within our football program at the University of Tennessee and appropriate action will be taken."
A.J. Johnson is a two-time All-SEC linebacker who has recorded consecutive 100-tackle seasons. He is expected to be one of the top senior NFL prospects after announcing he would return to Tennessee for his final year on Jan. 7.
O'Brien played in all 12 games for the Vols in 2013, recording 12 tackles — three for loss — and one sack. He is expected to compete for a starting position on the defensive line in 2014.
Sapp's first three years at UT were spent primarily as a special teams player before becoming a starting linebacker in 2013. He recorded 66 tackles in 2013 — eight for loss — and recovered three fumbles.
Sunday's arrests are the first known legal incidents in the Tennessee football program since Jones took over in Dec. 2012.
The last known Tennessee player arrested was tight end Brendan Downs, who was charged with underage consumption on Nov. 24, 2012.
This article will continue to update as information develops.
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