Vols' Dooley kicks Myles off team
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee coach Derek Dooley has dismissed sophomore safety Darren Myles Jr. from the team and indefinitely suspended defensive tackle Marlon Walls and linebacker Greg King in the aftermath of an early-morning bar brawl Friday allegedly involving several Vols players.
Myles was one of two Tennessee football players arrested. He was charged with assaulting a UT police officer and resisting and evading arrest. Also, freshman receiver Da'Rick Rogers, one of the Volunteers' most heralded signees in Dooley's first recruiting class, was arrested on disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges.
"It is a privilege, not a right, to be a member of the University of Tennessee football team," Dooley said in a 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.
It is a privilege, not a right, to be a member of the University of Tennessee football team. ... As I have referenced on many occasions, a change in culture is achieved in time through a combination of education, discipline and support.” -- Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley
"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."
Rogers, 18, was released on $1,000 bond later Friday morning, and Myles, 19, was released on $2,000 bond. It was not clear if either player had an attorney.
Dooley added, "As I have referenced on many occasions, a change in culture is achieved in time through a combination of education, discipline and support. We will aggressively continue to build on the many positive changes that have occurred over the last five months to ensure our program is represented with class and dignity."
Police are continuing to investigate the brawl that left an off-duty Knoxville police officer unconscious after being kicked repeatedly while he was on the ground.
Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said he anticipates there will be more arrests once police are able to speak with Knoxville Police Department officer Robert Capouellez, who remains in a Knoxville hospital and is undergoing treatment for a head wound.
A second victim, whose name has not been released, also was sent to the hospital and was being treated for multiple injuries.
DeBusk said Capouellez, 24, was hit in the head while trying to break up a fight in Bar Knoxville, which is located on the Cumberland Avenue strip near campus. The fight had spilled outside, and Capouellez was knocked to the ground and kicked more than once before the suspect ran away.
"We've heard that anywhere from seven to 10 people were involved in the incident inside the bar, and we believe the majority of them are associated with the UT football team," DeBusk said.
Police have reached out to Dooley, who was out of town. A school spokeswoman said a statement from the university would be released later Friday.
An affidavit regarding Myles' arrest stated that a university officer identified himself to Myles at Bar Knoxville, after which Myles fled on foot.
When the officer caught up to Myles and attempted to place him into custody, Myles broke free from the officer's grip and struck him in the face. Myles was later taken into custody by the Knoxville Police Department, which turned him over to university police.
This is the second time Myles has been in trouble. A projected starter this coming season, Myles was charged April 18 with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and public intoxication following an incident at another nightspot near campus. Dooley handled Myles' punishment for that arrest internally, though that criminal case is still pending.
Among the other Tennessee players police have questioned or plan to question in connection with the brawl are defensive tackle Montori Hughes, receiver Denarius Moore and safety Janzen Jackson. None of the three has been charged.
Knoxville attorney Greg Isaacs, who represents Hughes, said that his client was "the victim of an unprovoked assault" and that he has no knowledge of anything that took place outside the bar. Isaacs said he did not expect Hughes to face charges.
The Vols may end up having more than just legal problems, too. Sandy Morton, co-owner of Bar Knoxville, told The Chattanooga Times Free Press that the Tennessee football players received "VIP status" at the bar and didn't have to pay a cover.
NCAA rules stipulate that athletes aren't allowed to receive any extra benefits or special arrangements such as discounts at restaurants or bars.
Morton also told The Times Free Press that Bar Knoxville typically doesn't have any issues when the Tennessee football players come in, but on this occasion, they had a problem with another patron at the bar.
"I don't know what happened, but several of the guys started beating up the other customer," Morton said. "I want to guess there was seven to 10 guys beating up this one gentleman. All the security then rushed in and were trying to break it up. My husband saw them picking up bar stools and starting to swing them. We got them out the door with security."
Chris Low covers the SEC for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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