The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports that Bray appeared in Loudon County General Sessions Court on Wednesday where he faced charges stemming from a July 4 boating incident.
The paper reported:
According to Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer Dewayne Williams, Bray was driving a Jet Ski with a woman passenger when he was observed by Williams “hot dogging” with another Jet Ski. Williams explained the term “hot dogging” as “almost like playing chicken” on Jet Skis.
The other Jet Ski tipped over spilling the unidentified occupants into the water. Bray then sped near the swimmers “spraying them with water,” according to Williams, who added “he was almost on top of them.”
Jet Skis are supposed to operate at least 100 feet apart, Williams said.
“This all happened directly in front of me,” said Williams of the incident. “That’s what I couldn’t believe.”
Bray was charged with reckless operation of a personal watercraft and failure to have a boating education certificate, both misdemeanors.
In Wednesday’s court hearing, Bray reached an agreement on the charges in which he agreed to either make three appearances at schools to promote boater safety or make a public service TV spot. He also lost his boating privileges for a year and must take a boating training course and pay court costs, the News-Sentinel said.
In exchange, Bray will not have to enter a guilty plea, which could have resulted in six months in jail and a $2,500 fine.
Bray’s behavior raises concerns for Coach Derek Dooley, who recently praised the junior quarterback’s increased maturity and “lifestyle changes.”
“You have to live as the quarterback at Tennessee,” Dooley said at SEC Media Days. “If your lifestyle is not reflecting that, then it’s going to be hard to go out and perform to your best.”
After Bray admitted to throwing beer bottles at cars from his apartment balcony two weeks ago, Dooley called it “silly behavior” and then made a joke about it.
“Obviously, his accuracy isn’t where it needs to be. He missed the trash can,” Dooley said.
Dooley has not commented publicly on Bray’s boating behavior.
Tennessee opens the season Aug. 31 against North Carolina State in the Georgia Dome.