Dooley jokes about Bray incident

UPDATE: Head coach Derek Dooley has responded to the vandalism incident involving quarterback Tyler Bray, saying he was disappointed in his quarterback, and then joking about it.

Dooley’s reaction, reported in the Tennessean:

“He’s made some progress in a lot of areas, but that’s just silly behavior. Any time we get a little negative publicity for our program, we take it seriously.”

“Obviously, his accuracy isn’t where it needs to be. He missed the trash can.”

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Tyler Bray was accused of throwing beer bottles and golf balls from his apartment balcony. (UT Athletic Dept. photo)

Tyler Bray was accused of throwing beer bottles and golf balls from his apartment balcony. (UT Athletic Dept. photo)

University of Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray has been accused of throwing beer bottles and golf balls at cars from his apartment balcony.

Bray, 20, has offered to pay for the damages he inflicted to one of the cars, so he will not be charged in that incident, police told the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

“The victim called us and said she no longer wishes to prosecute,” Knoxville Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk told GoVolsxtra.com, part of the newspaper’s website. “[Bray] reached out to her and told her he would take care of the damages to her vehicle,” he said.

The victim, Bradi Hudson, said the windshield of her 2008 Ford was broken and that Bray and his roommate also damaged the car last Friday.

Hudson told police that after the Friday incident Kirstie Allen, another resident of the apartment complex, told her that Bray and roommate Michael Grandinetti were responsible for the damage.

On Monday, Allen, called police to report that her windshield had been smashed in apparent retaliation for implicating Bray and Grandinetti.

She told police that Bray and Grandinetti had thrown beer bottles off a balcony and onto vehicles in the parking lot, the Associated Press reported. The report quotes her as saying an office manager for the complex told her Bray and Grandinetti had been “served with an eviction notice just prior to her arriving home.”

As of Thursday morning, Tennessee Coach Derek Dooley had not commented, even though police said they notified him of the incident on Monday.

The Vols open the season Aug. 31 against North Carolina State in the Georgia Dome.

333 comments Add your comment

Carolinadawg

July 26th, 2012
6:51 am

Athens police would seek life in prison for a UGA player accused of this, but K’ville police won’t even file charges after Bray agrees to pay for damages. Seriously?

Bill in VA

July 26th, 2012
6:51 am

He’s in a position to make amends. Let’s watch & see if he mans up.

globeflyer

July 26th, 2012
6:59 am

And Dooley thinks this guy is smart enough to play QB?

Nate the Great

July 26th, 2012
6:59 am

How is that we are the ones with discipline issues? DD won’t suspend this kid because he is on the hot seat and wants to keep his job. It’s sad but I can’t say I blame DD. I blame the win at all cost SEC mentality. NFL would suspend Bray but SEC coaches won’t.

Oh yeah, does this count towards the fulmer cup?

BC

July 26th, 2012
7:00 am

Working on that arm throwing strength, I guess ?

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Hugh Jass

July 26th, 2012
7:01 am

Everyone knows at UGA this guy would be punished severely, but at UT he will have to stay in study hall an extra hour.

Hackjobs

July 26th, 2012
7:01 am

Carolinadawg, that’s because the victim doesn’t want to press charges. Hard to have a case that way.

Kerryb

July 26th, 2012
7:12 am

Hackjobs, it would not have matter at UGA, Richt would have given him discipline whether the person wanted to press charges or not. She didn’t say that he did not do it.

59bulldawg

July 26th, 2012
7:13 am

“Life in prison” LOL! Good one Carolinadawg!

bitter hillbillie

July 26th, 2012
7:15 am

Onlt in tenn-ur-say will you find these MOUNTAIN MUTTS—Its an anually event to the hill folk

BEER BOTTLE CHUNK-IN—-BRAY took first place————LAST PLACE again this year

—————————-go bid orr–an–gggeee

Chuck

July 26th, 2012
7:19 am

AND the suspension would be used as further ammunition against Richt to say he has a discipline problem.

The real mystery is how this made the papers to begin. Maybe because there is no mail service over the weekend, so the bribe from the local boosters took longer to arrive in the mail.

BobDawg

July 26th, 2012
7:28 am

I hate to see any of our SEC programs have problems like this; kid was at SEC Media Days and they are counting on him to pull the Vols up from purgatory.

Dooley-Mushchamp

July 26th, 2012
7:28 am

Thank goodness these lovable losers coach UT & UF. Muskrat was a total meathead while at UGA and Derek was a terrible attorney. We can only hope Wit Marshall will coach South Carolina after Spurrier strokes out on the sidelines while throwing his visor.

dc

July 26th, 2012
7:31 am

We all need to stop being so critical about our teams. No matter who they are. Every team has there issues no matter fif you a UGA fan, Vols fan etc…they have all done somethng stupid. Hey, we are all human and it is what it is. Its not the coaches fault what occurs on the players off time! We are all quilty at some point, so lets stop accusing one or the other. Its enoough that we have so many issues already with our country!!! Lets just play ball and enjoy our time in a mannerly way. :)

Country Dawg

July 26th, 2012
7:34 am

I agree with CarolinaDawg, The Athens police would not care if charges were charged or not, they would have hauled him off to Clarke County jail, called the AJC, and the chief of police would have called a press conference to ensure that the world knew that they had nabbed anther GA player. And of course Richt would be held responsible even though he would probably would have already suspended him, i.e., Mettenburb, Crowell, and a host of others. UGA doesn’t have a disciple problem, they actually disciple. I will waiting with bated breath to hear what comes out of Knoxville. DD can’t use the hot seat as an excuse, Richt has been on the hot seat since he got to Athens. Go Dawgs!!

Say whut

July 26th, 2012
7:35 am

Richt would throw him off the Georgia team– let’s see what Dooley will do?

Oh yeah, I wonder if he hit the windshield or the beer bottle went “incomplete.”

Warner Robins DAWG

July 26th, 2012
7:38 am

I dont think that football players are ABOVE the law but I do think the community should have a certain degree of understanding for these kids. They are under tremendous amounts of pressure and a constant spotlight. Any and everything they do is scrutanized. I agree with the decesion to drop the charges. He realizes his mistake and has agreed to pay for damages. Whats the problem? We need to see this same sort of support from the Athens community in regards to our players. I dont care if mama and daddy paid the girl off or whatever happened, the bottom line is this kid helps you draws millions of dollars every year. He made a bad judgement call, probably drunk lol, but nontheless, pick him up, dust him off and keep it moving. I hope the idiot cops on campus in Athens and the Athens Clarke county police officers see this and learn from it. LETS GO DAWGS!! IT’S STRICTLY BUSINESS!! GATA

David

July 26th, 2012
7:39 am

She is not pressing charges because in Knoxville if she did, she would mysteriously disappear. Her name is out there. She has no choice.

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Fill Fulmer

July 26th, 2012
7:42 am

No guns, no weed. Can’t be a UGA scandal. Kids will be kids.”Richt would throw him off the team”? Say What you smoking? Who is your hook up: Bacar(D)i, Alec, Isiah. Should I keep going?

tell me again

July 26th, 2012
7:47 am

If Murray had been caught doing this at UGA it would be in the ajc headlines, he’d be arrested by the campus police and CMR would suspend him for at least 1and maybe more games. And we get hammered when one of our players gets caught peeing on a bush at 2 in the morning with a beer in his hand. I guess if he had killed somebody with a beer bottle he might have gotten a half game suspension from Dooley.

Call It Like It Is

July 26th, 2012
7:48 am

Okay, Bray is an idiot case closed. But for the dawg fans to come on here touting that Athens and Richt would drop the hammer, please.

PSU Alum

July 26th, 2012
7:48 am

And you all were wanting to give Penn State the death penalty. What about this bone headed thug?

ATL Sports Fan

July 26th, 2012
7:52 am

It is Athens-Clarke County Police policy if they are called out for an incident and they expect criminial activity they are to arrest the suspects regardless if the accuser is willing to press charges.

Ol' Timer

July 26th, 2012
7:54 am

It’s almost like there’s an epidemic of stupidity that’s infected these kids — blinding them to the unbelieveable opportunities they’re being afforded. Dumbarses, one and all!

bulldogmaniac

July 26th, 2012
7:54 am

yea…..i am so tired of fans from other schools talk about UGA’s “problems”. At least when someone gets in trouble at UGA the school takes action! Mett….gone…….Crowell…..gone.
Others involved in lesser trouble are suspended from games. Dooley has shown time and time again that, if you are a good player you can get away with anything and face no penalty.

DODO

July 26th, 2012
7:55 am

gee do you think Bray would think it was funny to throw beer bottles off a balcony and destroy his own car? Just cover it up..too bad Bray got caught because someone left a note on the female students car…typical hoodlum (scam newton) that is DOO DOO LEE for you, NO SHAME

UT Fallenqueers

July 26th, 2012
7:56 am

What about Ms. Allen?

Large Orange

July 26th, 2012
7:57 am

At least we know no UGA QB’s were involved…….they would have missed all the cars.

Bob from Cobb

July 26th, 2012
8:00 am

@ PSU Alum…….throwing beer bottles does not exactly equate to taking young boys into the shower and wearing them out for years. I seriously doubt you are an alum from PSU….maybe McDonald’s Hamburger University.

Phildo

July 26th, 2012
8:02 am

Dooley better hope that this jackazz can throw a football as well as he can a beer bottle . I smell PBR, no wait, a suspension for the kick-off in the first game looming. And, why did the victim fail to prosecute? Any one who can’t figure that one out is as big a moron as Bray and Dooley.

Call It Like It Is

July 26th, 2012
8:05 am

Wow after reading this blog you would think UGA is the citadel of honesty and discipline. Richt rules with an iron fist and Dooley never suspends anybody. Man nothing like starting the day with a little laughter.

Warner Robins DAWG

July 26th, 2012
8:09 am

First off, I’m a UGA fan, but how in the hell can you call him a “thug” for throwing beer bottles off a balcony? That’s not being a thug, thats just being 20 years old, full of testerone and most likley drunk. I can see you never lived a little in your earlier years, I’m sure you would have been at home reading a Nancy Drew mystery, stroking your gay Pomeranian named Carlos, sipping strawberry Boones Farm from a pink straw.

Ghost of Larry Munson

July 26th, 2012
8:11 am

Bray said before the incident he ate a big tray of brownies but did not know they were laced with weed. He then left his apartment to get some beer with a loaded gun under the seat with the serial numbers filed off. After picking up the beer, he stopped by his girlfriend’s apartment and smacked her around a little bit. He then drove home drunk with a pair of red panties around his head. That is when he threw the beer bottles off the balcony……….hmmmmmmm almost sounds like a UGA thug.

WTF

July 26th, 2012
8:11 am

No charges filed? I understand the owner of the car, but isn’t he underage for drinking? Just curious.

mambo

July 26th, 2012
8:11 am

What is his completion percentage with the cars and trucks below? It’s funny, the apartment complex will kick Tyler out, but Derek won’t.

mgdawg

July 26th, 2012
8:13 am

Since no charges are being filed, the punishment should be limited. However, the reason there is no punishment is because he is pretty much paying the woman off. Personally, I think he should suspend him for the first game, they should easily be able to win that game without him. At the least he should suspend him half of the game.

Damon Evans

July 26th, 2012
8:14 am

Two words…

Red panties

atlvol55

July 26th, 2012
8:14 am

Some of you insecure Bulldog fans need to get a life. The kid threw a couple of beer bottles. Is it stupid and childish? Yes. However it hardly the same as driving with a concealed weapon with the serial number filed off.

I mean, I used to see guys throwing beer bottles practically on a weekly basis, its not exactly shocking. Bray is very immature but lets not make this out to be more than it is.

Some of you need to get a life. A football team with 85 18-22 year old men is going to have some run ins with the law. In my fraternity of 100 guys or so, DUI, underage drining, public intox, possession happened all the time. Many of my brothers are now lawyers, doctors, high level executives….stuff happens.

SomewhereinGA

July 26th, 2012
8:15 am

Of course he won’t lose any playing time..its UT Football man!!! You can beat the hell out of an off duty police officer at a business establishment, send him into a coma, and not suffer any consequences at all…this is a non-issue up in Knoxvegas.

Coach Vince Dooley

July 26th, 2012
8:15 am

When I coached UGA….this kind of behavior would warrant a stern look!

bucket

July 26th, 2012
8:15 am

Shocker! College kids do stupid stuff! The underage drinking of Bray (I assume college kids would empty them before throwing them!) is against the law and something CDD should be aware of and handle, but destruction of property is entirely different. I have consumed some alcohol in my day, but I never emptied the bottle and thought, “You know I wonder how it would feel to smash this into a car!” I am also sure that the Knoxville PD is still investigating what happened to Ms. Allen’s car and whether some witness intimidation was involved. Yeah, right!

WhistleDick

July 26th, 2012
8:16 am

Note to all UGA rednecks: Knoxville Police investigated the incident and NO CHARGES were filed. Young people in college do stupid stuff. I won a bet once by driving naked for 5 miles around town at 3 in the morning. Yes I had been drinking and was a 19 year old college student. But I won $20 but it was very stupid. Case closed. By the way……….Vols 24 Dawgs 13

you would

July 26th, 2012
8:17 am

Richt has obviously lost control of the UT football program. Off with his head I tell ya.

volvette

July 26th, 2012
8:18 am

another college football player involved in bad things, Dooley can’t kick him off the team, as he should, because his job is on the line this year.doesn’t bode well for our (UT) sucess on the field this year with an immature guy like this as a team leader. probably wasn’t going to be much over .500 this year at best. hopefully things will get better sometime soon.

Topp Dogg

July 26th, 2012
8:19 am

Im sorry please tell us all about the punishment DD handed out after the bar fight, i thought so, nothing sux like the Big Orange.

Bryan

July 26th, 2012
8:22 am

I bet the car was double covered.

Braun

July 26th, 2012
8:22 am

What an idiot!

Bammer

July 26th, 2012
8:22 am

4 of the bottles were intercepted.