Just before 2 a.m. on July 8, an incident at Bar Knoxville spilled outside, onto Cumberland Avenue, leaving two people, including an off-duty police officer, injured and two Tennessee football players arrested.
Both who were injured were taken to UT Medical Center, where 24-year-old Knoxville police officer Robert Capouellez remained in critical condition as late as Saturday. 20-year-old Gary Russell was released Friday.
“Officers first responded to the scene after reports of an officer being assaulted,” Darrell DeBusk, public information officer for the Knoxville Police Department, said. There, the responding officer found Capouellez lying in the street unconscious.
DeBusk said a fight originated inside the bar, where eyewitnesses indicated about “seven to 10 athletes (were) involved in beating one individual.”
According to the KPD report, freshman wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, while sophomore safety Darren Myles was arrested and charged with assault, evading arrest and resisting arrest.
Head coach Derek Dooley addressed the media Friday night to express his disappointment in the incident.
“It’s a privilege, not a right, to be a member of this football team and be a member of the University of Tennessee football team,” Dooley said. “I am disappointed and embarrassed in many ways by the lapses of judgment by several members of our football team last night, and there were numerous lapses of judgment.”
Dooley later announced disciplinary actions that were taken.
“We have dismissed Darren Myles from our football team. We have indefinitely suspended Marlon Walls and Greg King,” Dooley said. “There’s other actions that were taken internally, and there’s also a period where we’re continuing to find out exactly what happened just like everybody else because as you know, it takes time to gather all the information from all the parties involved.”
Dooley indicated that his discipline was based only on his initial conversations with every player involved and that all disciplinary decisions involving the players were “going to be relative to their lapse in judgment and how wrong they were and what the damage that was done.”
The arrest was Myles’ second incident with law enforcement this offseason. He was arrested on April 17, the day of the Orange and White game, for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest outside a Knoxville restaurant.
Walls is a sophomore defensive tackle who appeared in seven games last season and recorded two solo tackles. He was listed as a starter at defensive tackle on the post-spring depth chart.
King is a sophomore linebacker who appeared in nine games last season and recorded 24 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and an interception. He battled injuries for much of the spring but was expected to play a key role in the linebacker rotation this season. Neither Walls nor King appeared on KPD’s or the UT Police Department’s reports, although DeBusk said that KPD has not yet released the names of all individuals involved.
“There will be several interviews over the next few days,” he said. “Charges are pending the conclusion (of the investigation).”
UT football players arrested in bar altercation
Published: Tue Jul 13, 2010