Tennessee Staffers Present at Party that Ended with Two Players Arrested, Nine Cited

By DJ Byrnes on February 12, 2014 at 1:06p
Image via WTVC News Channel 9

Over the weekend, a party a Knoxville was busted by police. These things happen every weekend on college campuses across America, but most of the time those busted aren't college football players:

The report states there was a party of about 80-90 people at Sapp's apartment in the Quarry Trail Apartment Complex. Officers were called to ask that the music be turned down. Sapp assured officers he would quiet the party down. But according to officers, as they left, someone turned the music back up. Officers say they again warned everyone of the consequences of not quieting down. Less than 30 minutes later, officers say they were informed of a fight in front of Sapp's apartment building. At that time Danny O'Brien gave officers his identification that said he was over the age of 21, but under another name. Officers checked into it finding that O'Brien is actually 20 years old. O'Brien is charged with criminal impersonation, resisting arrest and underage consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Also according to the report from the sheriff's office, 22-year-old Sapp is charged with alcoholic beverage purchase violations and resisting arrest. 22-year-old A.J. Johnson is facing the same charges. 

O'Brien is a redshirt sophomore defensive lineman. Johnson is a senior linebacker. Sapp is a safety whose eligibility expired after last year.

Nine other players were cited, for presumably underage drinking.

Again, nothing too crazy here. College football players are also young, and young people do dumb stuff all the time.

What is pretty interesting, is police dashcams captured three UT staffers at the party:

Suddenly, this mundane story just became a lot more interesting. We'll see what happens with this, but it's not a good look for UT staffers to be present at a party with underage drinking.



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thunderhawks51's picture

" I party with my players all the time," said no competent coach ever. 

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gumtape's picture
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thunderhawks51's picture

If you're in the NFL you're also usually of age. 

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Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

Pretty sure Tennessee is still considered the dirty south and in the sec so this story probably will not get much air on the entertainment giant.

I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to yall.~~Lil Wayne

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Tomorrow's headline...

"Urban Meyer Lied To Recruits About Red Shirt Policy".

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NCBuckeye2011's picture

Sooo if it's not on Espin or Espin.com it never actually happened? #rolltide #wareagle #SECSPEED #SECDefensesCantBeScoredOn #RuleCompliance #Academics #BestConferenceOfAllTime 

vitaminB's picture

90 folks in a two bedroom apartment....bawler.

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gobucks96's picture

All in the plan by Butch to help with oversigning half of the state of Tennessee.

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

Student to Cop:  Yes sir, I'm 21.

Cop: Good enough for me                               ........waaaaait a minute.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

Interesting. Most of the Tennessee fans and local sports talk folks are acting like this incident isn't a big deal and will blow over with the punishments, if any, handled in house. But I hadn't heard anything about there being football staff involved till now. Perhaps they were chaperoning. 



krodawg's picture

Maybe they were there to round up the kids. Wait, that's actually plausible.

johnblairgobucks's picture

The pictures of those three guys look like mugshots...... is that what they are?  Those guys look like they either smoked a shit load of weed or were crunk.

KingsRite's picture

What happened to that untouchable SEC Speed...?

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

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Buckeyeneer's picture

The cops were from the SEC as well, apparently.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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ToTheHouse's picture

Staffers get stoked by stuffing their students with stuff...just sick...

To the NC House...Repeat gonna be Sah-weet!

toad1204's picture

No mention of Carl Pelini in the story...  I was hopeful. 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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Hovenaut's picture

Who I immediately though of.

FROMTHE18's picture

there needs to be an article about SEC play discipline problems. Im a believer that Urban's issues at Florida is a conference wide epidemic down there rather than an Urban Meyer issue. Aside from that, those staffers should get fired.

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zacisone's picture

Well last time I looked UT signed 34 players to this years football class, so evidently they just don't like rules.


GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

The party was set up by the football staff to cut down roster spots. It was a total sting operation. Butch is upset that only 3 players were busted. Knoxville police botched it, now 10 more players will have to retire due to "medical reasons".

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.