One charge dropped, 16 hours community service for Da’Rick Rogers

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.

64 comments Add your comment

Rafael Belliard

September 14th, 2010
5:13 pm

The’Rick is no longer a recruit. Why are we getting hourly updates on him? This is a recruiting blog, no?

The 'Rick

September 14th, 2010
5:16 pm

Owwww, owww, owww!!!! My wrist is really stinging from that slap.

THWGT

BigBad

September 14th, 2010
5:26 pm

Not bad… 16 hours of playing basketball at a community center for beating up a Vol fan and almost killing an off duty officer. Oh yea- no discipline from Dooley either. Sounds like Chris Rainey’s next stop will be UT

Uncle Rico

September 14th, 2010
5:30 pm

Lucky for Da’Rick that he signed with the Vols afterall. Had he done this in Athens, he would be on death row in Reidsville.

Gotta love Knox County justice. One of their Police Officers gets brained is laid up in ICU after being pummled on Cumberland, only to result in 16 hours of community service. Nice.

north ga dawg

September 14th, 2010
5:30 pm

Chip do you know the over under on how long it will be whhen rogers gets in trouble again?

Hale Almand

September 14th, 2010
5:31 pm

Thursdays you dummy….trash pick up is on Thursdays, you’ll never get a job with the post office if you don’t know the days of the week. But he’s making the SEC look really really good.

The Ole Ball Coach

September 14th, 2010
5:34 pm

Surprise, surprise, surprise, LOL – No under aged drinking charge, no felony assault charge, no resisting arrest charge. No “PUNISHMENT” from your coach now WOW thats a good gig.
Oh and no NCAA investigation on the free gifts from Bar Knoxville
No cover charge, free drinks, free food, etc, etc.
WOW they must Really do that for all of the college kids.
What a joke……

The Ole Ball Coach

September 14th, 2010
5:35 pm

One more LOL

Uncle Rico

September 14th, 2010
5:39 pm

Meanwhile, in the parallel universe that the NCAA operates in (and Athens and UGA Police Depts for that matter), AJ Green gets 4 games for selling his own property and countless UGA players are hauled in on moped violations.

As for Da’Rick who was underage and in a bar getting comp’d, when not pummeling a cop into ICU, well, he has already played in both games this year.

BDAWG

September 14th, 2010
5:42 pm

The NCAA rules are a joke and who cares about Da’Rick. He doesn’t play for any school in this state. So who cares.

Dawg Fan

September 14th, 2010
5:47 pm

Damn! If only AJ had beaten the crap out of a couple of guys instead of selling HIS jersey.

Well live and learn.

Jaydawg

September 14th, 2010
6:08 pm

Derek Dooley has already shown himself to be a huge hypocrite.He better hope Rogers wins a lot of games for him because this kid is trouble waiting to happen and its just a matter of time until his next incident.

redhairpimplefacetechnerd

September 14th, 2010
6:20 pm

Speaking of things dropped!!!!

ryan

September 14th, 2010
6:23 pm

I have had enough of this story the guy i a thug AJ gets suspended for selling a jersey to not agent but a sports collector and Rodgers gets play for punching a cop INJUSTICE .

AJ

September 14th, 2010
6:56 pm

dawg gone

September 14th, 2010
7:00 pm

Good now lets play ball…………..

82Dawg

September 14th, 2010
7:00 pm

Can you say payoff? The judge just got his own suite at Neyland.

michael

September 14th, 2010
7:11 pm

Why is this in a recruiting blog? Stir the pot, Chip.

ryan

September 14th, 2010
7:21 pm

Any one can see this is blind justice we all need to support AJ Green wither you like or not this does not smell right .

1eyedJack

September 14th, 2010
7:41 pm

I guess Goober took one for the team.

Not surprised

September 14th, 2010
7:42 pm

None of this should be surprising to us…just business as usual in Knoxville. Let’s see, the scapegoat Myles, whose real offense was pushing or hitting an officer and running away to hide, gets kicked off the team. A couple of guys are “suspended indefinitely” from practice, only to return and play in the games. Apparently, all of the guys who were beating on people were wearing masks and no one could ID them…….how convenient!!!

Vick=Dog killing Thug

September 14th, 2010
7:53 pm

That does really stink that AJ sits for 4 games for selling his jersey and this kid gets off clean from a bar fight….

ryan

September 14th, 2010
7:58 pm

NCAA goes after kids who don’t break the law and NCAA turns the other way when someone does actually breaks the law is this the Twilight Zone .

Blue Dawg

September 14th, 2010
8:46 pm

Good. Maybe now we can let this story go and let the
young man play football.

Play football? There is an idea for the Dawgs. I am
tired of poor play! Losing to USCe is NOT sitting well
with me and several other Dawg fans. Let’s get things
moving Coach Richt before your fanny is on fire from
all the heat!

we hit and run this state

September 14th, 2010
8:51 pm

ugag wins the fulmer cup and is crying about arrest what da hypos. And you’re stilling fighting for 3rd in the east lol

ryan

September 14th, 2010
8:59 pm

Blue Dawg your Ok with a guy who punched a cop and all AJ did was sell a jersey i am so sick of people giving a Da Thug a pass same thing with Mosali AJ is not bad person

Criminals rule at UT

September 14th, 2010
9:02 pm

Special rules for the high profile athletes with powerful, connected lawyers from the big universities. A slap on the wrist—regular people would have gotten a lot worse. At UT—just win baby—they’ll keep you eligible even after all your crimes!

hind tit

September 14th, 2010
9:06 pm

i can’t believe they gave him a pat on the back and told him to be good now son and don’t do this no more. you make sure you carry plenty of worms own your 16 hour fishing trip to the tennessee river.

ryan

September 14th, 2010
9:16 pm

AJ should have been OJ if the glove does not fit you must acquit .

Bravesfan79

September 14th, 2010
9:26 pm

WOW… you would think after the most tragic CRIME in America of 2 University of Tenn studentsm Channon Christenson and Christopher Newsom, a white couple that were carjacked, BOTH gang raped, and tortured to death… that the Univ of Tenn would want to stand up against worthless Black Thugs!!

Glory Glory

September 14th, 2010
9:26 pm

University of Tennessee: Players involved in near fatal beating of cop, armeed robbery of woman at gas station (Nu’Keese).

University of Florida: Player charged with FELONY Aggrevated Stalking. Quoted in the police report, “time to die” was texted as a female left her house.

Georgia Tech: Robert Hall arrested for beating the snot out of his girlfriend (and don’t give me all the crap about the case being “misunderstood”. If it were a UGA player, Tech fans would label him a Thug before they got done reading the headline.

Now….. Let’s start talking about some REAL crimes!!!

University of Georgia: Underage drinking, failing to report a minor car accident, scooter violations and suspended licenses. Stupid offenses, but FAR from terrorizing campus.

Who of these would you be first to title “Thug-U”?? Young college boys will be young college boys. But only cop beating, gas station robbing, girlfriend threatening, girlfriend beating THUGS will be THUGS.

I’d say things don’t look so out of control in Athens afterall.

Bravesfan79

September 14th, 2010
9:28 pm

Bravesfan79

September 14th, 2010
9:34 pm

Im a Falcons fan, a Braves fan, a GT fan, and a UGA fan. Worthless scumbags who beat women, and rob people should be outcasted, made sterile, and not allowed on any team, period! I don’t care if its my favorite team. Now that i know about Robert Hall, i hope he breaks his leg, and never sees the playing field. And GT is my favorite team.

Mike

September 14th, 2010
9:37 pm

Duh’rick and Dooley are both bad jokes.

Daddy Dooley was mentor??

September 14th, 2010
9:49 pm

It just astounds me that the younger Dooley would not try to have the same moral values as his dad supposedly does/did as a coach/athletic director. UGA is getting the wrong end of the stick, as my 100 year old grandmother used to say. We (UGA) aren’t perfect, but can you imagine what TECH fans would be saying if either of these infractions happened to a Dawg? Beating up a cop and threatening to kill a person is definitely worse than selling your jersey, but the NCAA doesn’t think it’s any big deal.

Daddy Dooley was mentor??

September 14th, 2010
9:51 pm

Had to add this — It just sickens my husband and me when Ray Lewis is out on the NFL field acting so wonderful. Talk about someone who should be in jail….and, he would, except he could afford Eddie Garland for his attorney.

Big Pumpkin

September 14th, 2010
9:52 pm

Gets to wear orange picking up trash! Dooley is a joke and the Vols will pack his bags soon!

ryan

September 14th, 2010
10:11 pm

Yea one UGA player had Fire works in his yard that is nothing all of UGA crimes are petty and minor UGA just gets more exposed because of the bias AJC . Don’t get me wrong these players should no do the crimes but it just over blown by the writers .

T-Dawg

September 14th, 2010
10:28 pm

D’ick is as D’ick does. Shame about Dooley Jr., however. No spine. He’ll win the National Championship in 16 years after a fluke once-in-a -lifetime recruiting coup and then be touted as a candidate for the U.S. Senate…

gadawgs

September 14th, 2010
10:59 pm

Karma…It got Houston Nutt and Ole Miss in regards to Masoli. CDD better watch out because when she comes around she packs a whallop.

bruce mac

September 14th, 2010
11:38 pm

LIke father like son. Just boys being boys, or thugs being thugs. No reason to discipline the young man, he didn’t mean it. Nobody died thank goodness.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 15th, 2010
12:03 am

Don’t care what Duh’Rick does – he is a Vol. We need to concentrate on UGA and nor worry about things we can’t control. Tennessee is headed for a losing season and UGA needs to make sure they don’t play like they did last week or they will join them bowless at the end of the season.

MikeP

September 15th, 2010
1:04 am

I’ve never seen anything that implicated Rogers in hitting anybody. It happened, he was around there, but that doesn’t make him guilty of assault, something he wasn’t even charged with.

I’d think Georgia fans have enough of this sort of thing on their own plates to worry about punishment a Tennessee player didn’t get for something he didn’t do.

Florida Dawg

September 15th, 2010
6:03 am

I’m at a loss as to how unfair and unbalanced decisions are made in our judicial system.
It’s as if “States” are different countries…
It appears “Vince’s” son is on the same page to win at any cost or embarrassment to UT.

atltiger15

September 15th, 2010
6:22 am

Who cares what another university did and worry about your program. Everyone is looking around trying to make excuses for this and that and if we would have had AJ..There is a plether of talent at WR for you guys or at least i was told by folks on this blog( Marlon Brown, King, Durham, Wooten aka the next best thing. Im sure im leaving someone else out as well.

Spike

September 15th, 2010
6:49 am

Maybe he will also be sentenced to a shower demonstration.

GetANewHobby-

September 15th, 2010
7:14 am

Ryan.

It’s obvious the Rogers story is ruining your life.

dap01

September 15th, 2010
7:34 am

It is always good to hear about DaRick. Now if we could just get a Tebow update, a Tiger update and a Notre Dame update, my day will be complete.

naganole

September 15th, 2010
7:43 am

Back to recruiting…who’s rankings do you trust the most? ESPN, Scout, Rivals, 247, other? Just want some of your opinions. I prefer ESPN as they include a grade…

Down little doggies

September 15th, 2010
7:59 am

Actually little doggies, Rogers did was not drinking, not involved in the alledged assualt, hence the charge was dropped. Legal system worked. Media overreated. Justice served. You guys sound like “the Obama is a Muslim” fox news crowd.