One of two charges against Tennessee freshman wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers was dropped and the other will be, too, if he completes 16 hours of community service. That was the ruling of a Knox County judge, who heard the case against Rogers on Tuesday.
The former AJC Super 11 player from Calhoun was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly contact after the Bar Knoxville brawl spilled out into the streets this summer. The resisting arrest charge was dropped by the prosecutor and the disorderly conduct charges will be waived pending the completion of a community service requirement and the payment of court costs, The Associated Press reported. Both charges were misdemeanors. Another hearing has been set for Oct. 27.
Defense attorney Don Bosch told The AP Rogers isn’t admitting guilt by performing the community service. Instead, he wants to prevent teammates who witnessed his July 9 arrest from having to testify at a hearing.
“I have maintained my innocence from the moment I was arrested, and am thankful that I can finally put these matters behind me,” Rogers said through a prepared statement. “I was present in Bar Knoxville at the time a fight broke out among other people, but I was not fighting or drinking.”
Rogers was not suspended for his role in the July 9 fight, which left a police officer hospitalized and allegedly involved as many as 10 football players. Atlanta native Darren Myles, a sophomore safety, also pleaded in the case. He was dismissed from the team. Two other players were suspended from team activities for a short time but did not miss any games.
Later Tuesday, the Knox County DA announced that his office was unable to bring formal charges against anyone involved in the brawl, which left Officer Robert Capouellez unconscious in the street.
Rogers, a five-star prospect and the top recruit in Georgia last year, has played in the first two games for the Vols. He has one catch for nine yards and one rush for 21 yards.