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

By DJ Byrnes on February 12, 2014 at 1:06p
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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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