UT arrests: Darren Myles dismissed, no action on Da’Rick Rogers

Were the Tennessee football and basketball players that frequented Bar Knoxville receiving extra benefits from the food-and-drink establishment? The NCAA is probably going to want to know.

Darren Myles of Columbus

S Darren Myles of Atlanta

Sandy Morton, who co-owns the popular nightclub on “The Strip” in downtown Knoxville with her husband, admits in an on-camera interview that she “gives VIP status to the football players” and “always tries to cater to the UT guys.” Morton said “VIP status” means they pay no cover at the door.

The NCAA defines an extra benefit as any special gift or arrangement provided to an enrolled student-athlete or a student-athlete’s relative or friend which is not available to the general student body of that institution.

That special treatment came back to bite Bar Knoxville as an early-Friday-morning melee shut down her business, left two police officers hospitalized and resulted in at least two Tennessee football players being arrested.

“It bothers me that they think they can do anything they want and get away with it,” said Morton, who estimates seven to 10 football players were involved in Friday’s incident.

“All the sudden they just started beating up on a customer,” Morton said. “Security intervened and got it outside and they proceeded to beat up an off-duty police officer. . . . It was total chaos.”

Arrested after the 1:50 a.m. brawl were two Georgia residents who are Tennessee football players. Sophomore safety Darren Myles, a graduate of Atlanta’s Carver High School, was charged with assault, evading arrest and resisting arrest. Freshman wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Both were released on bail late Friday morning and were rushed away in a black sedan with an orange Tennessee “T” on the side.

Rogers' mug shot

WR Da'Rick Rogers of Calhoun

This was the second arrest in less than three months for Myles. He dismissed from the team late Friday afternoon by coach Derek Dooley.

Two other football players — sophomore defensive tackle Marlon Walls and sophomore linebacker Greg King — were indefinitely suspended. There was no mention of internal discipline for Rogers in a statement from Dooley released Friday evening.

“It is a privilege, not a right, to be a member of the University of Tennessee football team,” Dooley said in the statement. “The most important responsibility of that privilege is to properly represent this institution and our supporters on and off the field. I am disappointed and in many ways embarrassed by the poor judgment displayed on many fronts by several members of our football team last night. Although we are still gathering all the facts and some legal proceedings will follow, we have taken some initial levels of discipline resulting from my conversations with the student-athletes who were present.”

Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk told The Associated Press that Robert Capouellez, an off-duty Knoxville officer who tried to break up the fight, was knocked unconscious and being treated for a head injury. DeBusk said the officer was hit in the head, knocked to the ground and then kicked several times.

It is not known who actually struck the officer. However, Morton said, “they arrested the people that were causing the problems.”

The victim inside the bar left the scene and has not been found, Morton said.

As many as six UT players were being questioned about the incident, according to The Knoxville News-Sentinel. DeBusk told the newspaper additional charges could be filed as the investigation continues.

Rogers (6-3, 215), a 2009 AJC Super 11 selection and the top-ranked player in the AJC Fab 50, is considered the crown jewel of the Vols’ first recruiting class under Derek Dooley. He was committed to Georgia for eight months before switching to UT on the eve of national signing day.

Asked to comment on Rogers’ arrest, Calhoun coach Hal Lamb said he’d “rather not” but did add that he is “very concerned and saddened.” Rogers said the state record for receiving yards in a season with Calhoun last year with more than 1,600.

It seems like Rogers has been having a good time ever since he signed with Tennessee. I chose not to do it but DeadSpin.com didn’t mind running some Facebook photos of Rogers enjoying some beverages with some friends.

Kell athlete Brian Randolph is one of three Georgia high school players currently committed to sign with the Vols in the 2011 recruiting class. “Of course it’s not too good but I don’t know enough about it to say much,” he said of the players’ arrests.

The incident represents the first major disciplinary challenge for Dooley . He was out of town Friday and could not be reached for comment. The school is expected to release a statement later today.

In May, pledged to take a hard line on discipline after Myles’ arrested for public intoxication, disorderly conduct,and resisting arrest the night after Tennessee’s Orange and White spring football game. The Vols have had an embarrassing string of serious arrests — including two players for armed robbery — that reached a nadir under previous coach Lane Kiffin.

“I think it’s a combination of discipline and education,” Dooley said after Myles’ May arrest. “[Myles] made a bad decision, and I involved the entire team in that because it’s very important to our team that we change our culture and how people view us.”

Police are still sorting out details and considering additional charges.

HERE IS A LINK to the video of the bar owner talking about the incident and the bar’s relationship with UT athletes.

Here is the original news release from police:

This morning at approximately 1:50 a.m., officers responded to Bar Knoxville located at 1820 Cumberland Avenue after being notified that an off-duty police officer had been assaulted. When officers arrived on the scene they located Knoxville Police Department Officer Robert Capouellez lying on the ground unconscious. Officer Capouellez was transported to UT Medical Center for treatment of a head wound. Another individual from inside Bar Knoxville who had been assaulted by multiple individuals was also transported to UT Medical Center with numerous injuries. I will release the name of that victim once his next of kin has been notified.

According to multiple witnesses, the male victim from inside the bar was involved in an altercation with another patron when several additional patrons jumped into the fight. Employees of the bar intervened and push the fight outside onto the sidewalk. Officer Capouellez intervened in an attempt to stop the fight when he was attacked. According to witnesses, the officer was hit in the head and knocked to the ground. Once on the ground the suspect kicked the officer several times before fleeing the scene. Six individuals were identified as potential suspects. These individuals were located and detained for questioning. It appears several of these individuals may be associated with the University of Tennessee football program. One of the suspects has been turned over to UTPD who will file charges after one of their officers was assaulted while attempting to take this individual into custody. You will need to contact UTPD for additional information regarding this arrest and potential charges. We have charged Darick Rogers (DOB 6-18-91) with Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest

Several witnesses as well as potential suspects are still being interviewed. I will release additional information as the investigation moves forward.  I will not release any names of individuals detained until they are charged.

737 comments Add your comment

merbertmoover

July 9th, 2010
10:08 am

Buddha

July 9th, 2010
10:08 am

merbertmoover

July 9th, 2010
10:10 am

woohoo! finally! after all these long months and years! ….but seriously, looks like UGA dodged a bullet with that chump….if he got into that kinda trouble in boring-azz knoxville, no tellin how much trouble he’d get into in a fun town like athens!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

July 9th, 2010
10:12 am

Duh’Rick being Duh’Rick.

GoldenDawg

July 9th, 2010
10:14 am

If they dump Da’ Dick will they dump Nash too?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 9th, 2010
10:16 am

This is almost like Nu’Keese..PT.2

Hmmmmmmm!

July 9th, 2010
10:17 am

Man the thUGA bug even rubs off on those thUGA recruits. Future recruits beware!!! of the thUGA bug………it’s contagious.

GTPhenom

July 9th, 2010
10:19 am

Haha, once a Mutt, always a Mutt.

The Robot will destroy you.

DAWG Colonel

July 9th, 2010
10:19 am

Thank the Lord for small blessings.

DA RICK should have followed Kiffin to USC with the rest of the thugs.

tell it like it is.

July 9th, 2010
10:20 am

He still thinks hes a puppy.

Barb

July 9th, 2010
10:22 am

Thank God this kid went to UT. I feel bad for you guys, but if he was at UGA and this happened now…. On another note, one should notice the difference between this (beating up a cop(s) and resisting an arrest) and Jordan Love (Resisted giving the spelling of his middle name and DOB to a cop). But according to the rest of the world we are still thUGA…

BullyMack

July 9th, 2010
10:22 am

Attaboy Me’Rick. Sure your Mama and Daddy Nance is proud. Where was his butt buddy Nash? Running back to the dorms to get the BB guns??

Bulldog

July 9th, 2010
10:23 am

Here we go…

Bud

July 9th, 2010
10:23 am

HA !!!!!!!!!!!

CalhounVet

July 9th, 2010
10:23 am

You mean his twin brother, Nash, wasn’t there to help out? Guess Duhhh-Rick can help Nashie-Poo get a scholarship, but Preppie draws the line @ the thug life. The final chapter hasn’t been written here, though….Mr. Deep Pockets Nance hasn’t gotten to K-town yet with his checkbook.

Many here in Calhouns and NW GA saw this coming….just maybe not so soon.

Mr. Nance…you can’t buy common sense or basic reason….only limited loyalty.
Duhhh-Rick….You’re so stupid! Looks like you may be first in line for Dooley’s Discipline Hammer (if he’s going to have one)

Paul in RDU

July 9th, 2010
10:23 am

6 players, underage drinking, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, aggravated assault….
The report on the Knoxville paper website is extremely damning. A patron in the bar was in an altercation with a UT player – a bunch of the other players jumped in – the bouncers chased them all outside – the off duty cop tried to break things up and was knocked down and then kicked in the face 5 or 6 times before the perpetrators ran off
Looks like UT is going for the Fulmer Cup big time this year.

schmeckdawg

July 9th, 2010
10:24 am

Assaulting a cop and resisting arrest. Good bye Rocky Flop hello Jacksonville State or Troy.

TXDawg

July 9th, 2010
10:26 am

**grabbing popcorn** This will be a good show!!

Buckhead Dawg

July 9th, 2010
10:28 am

A sincere Thank You to Da’Rick. Thanks for not coming to Georgia and thanks for quickly getting the Damon Evans story out of the press.

Wow, this is good stuff.

Eisendawg

July 9th, 2010
10:28 am

Did Mr Nash post bail?

Bud

July 9th, 2010
10:29 am

oops,suspended,sorry about that.

atlvol55

July 9th, 2010
10:31 am

Bring on all of the nasty comments….they are well deserved?

How does this crap keep happening. I hate to say this, but why is it always the same “demographics.” Thats not being racists, just factual. While can’t some of these guys act like civilized citizens???

I hope the KPD throws the hammer down on this stupidity. Maybe some of these idiots will learn a lesson. I’m tired of this crap. I don’t care how good someone plays, if you can’t behave any better than that, you don’t deserve the privilege of playing, a free scholarship, meals, and room and board

Will

July 9th, 2010
10:31 am

Go to GoVolsXtra and get the entire report! Shocking to me. The web site said there will be more UT players arrested as well. However Da’rick is in big trouble for putting an officer in jail. I’m sure felony charges will have to be filed. Dooley will have no reason but to kick him off the team. Also, this has been a bad week for the Nash kid. UT just got a commitment from the future qb from a 6-5 kid from NC. I bet he is wishing he would have done the Vandy thing now.

bjohndawg

July 9th, 2010
10:31 am

Georgia fans…we dodged a bullet with this guy.
The dumb___ has not played a down and is already arrested.
Georgia avoided a problem guy with Tenn signing him.
So glad he did not go to Georgia. Would have been another problem child.
Funny is this guy 21? If not, do you add false ID to the charges?
My guess— Underage
Drinking,
Fighting,
Resisting Arrest.
Tenn Fans deserve better from its team than this.

Beach Dawg

July 9th, 2010
10:31 am

Duh’Rick rapidly becoming Da’Bust!!! We’ll now see if son Dooley has the same cojones that Daddy Dooley has when it comes to discipline.

merculf

July 9th, 2010
10:32 am

What was he doing at a bar anyway? He’s 19..

Clint

July 9th, 2010
10:33 am

hahaha, this makes me happy. Once he started toying with us towards signing day, I thought CMR should have yanked his offer. I repeatedly said that he is not the kind of kid that any program should want because it’s all about him. At least this fight seemed to be a team effort so I could have been wrong. Hopefully more charges will get tossed on him because it sounds like he threw the main punches and beat up someone really bad. Maybe it’ll turnout to be an Allen Iverson type thing and he’ll go to prison where he belongs. Reading the details that Wes Rucker has, it sounds like the UT players were let in without having to pay a cover charge. That my friends, is a NCAA violation.

Geez Louise

July 9th, 2010
10:34 am

Rogers was heard to say, “Nukeese, we got to go.” Steve Spurrier said, “Tennessee gets all these good recruits. I don’t know what happens to ‘em when they get there.”

How awful for Dap’Rick.

atlvol55

July 9th, 2010
10:34 am

Well at least we beat Florida in something this year….This far and away puts us ahead of Forida and Georgia in the Fulmer Cup…..sigh…

LeDawg

July 9th, 2010
10:36 am

With Duh’Rick’s rep, you saw it coming, so no big shocker. Will get to see if D. Dooley is serious about discipline or if the “change the culture” rhetoric is a bunch of hot air. Perhaps Nance-cy has gotten to K-noxville, seen the real Duh’Rick, and has distanced himself.

Eisendawg

July 9th, 2010
10:36 am

Maybe ESPN needs to have a one hour special on this.

reservoirDAWG

July 9th, 2010
10:37 am

WANT TO BET

July 9th, 2010
10:38 am

he will get a 1 or 2 game suspension and thats about it

Ted Striker

July 9th, 2010
10:38 am

The bar owner has already gone on record as saying they regularly allow UT players into the bar without paying a cover charge. I’m no expert on NCAA violations, however that sounds like an improper benefit if a cover charge is paid to the general public but not to a student-athlete.

Greg

July 9th, 2010
10:39 am

Buckhead Dawg: No No No This story is not overshadowing Damon’s “transgressions” one bit. Leave to a UGA fan to try to spin a misguided kids arrest at Tennessee to try to cover UGA’s much egregious error

schmeckdawg

July 9th, 2010
10:39 am

What is it that they say about karma!

dawgcrzy

July 9th, 2010
10:40 am

he is a problem,always has been,always will be

ryan

July 9th, 2010
10:42 am

I told everyone UGA is not the only school that has problems Jordon Love was busted just for shooting off fireworks.

jeff

July 9th, 2010
10:43 am

Well well well…..so glad he didnt come to UGA….he will be a blackeye wherever he is- you could tell that from his attitude. Lets see what Derek does and OH NO!!!! what about NANCY??????????????????????

WonderDawg

July 9th, 2010
10:43 am

What happened to his ear rings?

Truly a "Rocky" top

July 9th, 2010
10:43 am

It ain’t called the Fulmer Cup for nothin’. It’ll be interesting to see how the younger Dooley reacts to thuggery. Rest assured this isn’t just about “Duh”-Rick either. This was the act of a MOB. College athletics: getting what it’s paying for.

The Grinch

July 9th, 2010
10:44 am

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

LeDawg

July 9th, 2010
10:45 am

No, Buckhead Dawg, this doesn’t take Damon’s story out of the news, maybe off the frontburner for a little while. Wait until the State Patrol releases Damon’s arrest video – anti-Dawgs will jump on it like Oprah on a Snickers bar.

Hill-arious!

July 9th, 2010
10:46 am

Enter your comments here

WonderDawg

July 9th, 2010
10:46 am

I have to give poster “Worm” for this gem (paraphrasing): “I bet the Knox County jail gets new carpet!”

JAXDAWG

July 9th, 2010
10:46 am

Haha. I don’t think this would have happened a UGA. Our kids go out and get drunk and get arrested. UT players go out and get drunk and then beat up law enforcemet officers. Truly embarassing. Still a talented guy but so was Ryan Perriloux and a handful of FSU players (Preston Parker adn Marcus Sims among others) who ended up at UNA. (North Alabama is a D-2 school). Good riddance. Bye bye Nash Nance’s scholarship.

Hill-arious!

July 9th, 2010
10:46 am

The name says it all……………………

reality

July 9th, 2010
10:46 am

Him and that GT thug Robert Hall should hang out and exchange tips and techniques on how to assault people.

cw

July 9th, 2010
10:47 am

To the tech fans who for some reason use this as a way to bash UGA even though he is a UT student, 30-24!!!!!! We own you. Always have, always will

Kurt

July 9th, 2010
10:47 am

How bout them under age no cover charge paying VOLS!!! Can you say N C A A V O L A T I O N S…..hahahahahhahahahahah GO Vols!