UPDATED: Two UT players cited for marijuana possession, recruit, third player in car not charged

By: Brian Gregory Email
By: Brian Gregory Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- Two UT football players were cited for simple possession after a traffic stop in Knoxville Friday night.

Knoxville Police spokesperson Darrell DeBusk says officers pulled over a Dodge Magnum at 11th and White for a tag light violation.

DeBusk says police smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle as they approached the car. Officers asked for an received consent to search, and allegedly found three marijuana cigars, one of which was half-smoked inside the vehicle.

Gerald Jones, 18, and Ahmad Paige, 18, were both charged with simple possession. That's a misdemeanor. Jones was also cited for not wearing a seat belt, and the tag light violation.

Also in the vehicle, according to the police report: A third UT football player, identified as William Brimfield, and a Muskogee, Oklahoma, teen who told police he was on his official recruiting visit to the University of Tennessee.

Those two people were not charged.

"I am extremely disappointed in these young men and the decision they made," Fulmer said in a prepared news release issued Monday afternoon by U.T. "This is an example of youth and stupidity by boys that need to become men and not make stupid and irrational decisions trying to impress each other."

Fulmer went on to say that he had met with the three players involved. "They have a number of things they need to do to get back in our good graces," he said.

Fulmer said the three athletes will have to perform community service with a drug rehabilitation facility, participate in police ride-alongs, and be subjected to more frequent drug tests.

They also will be prohibited from hosting recruits for one year.

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  • by Judy Location: Maryville on Mar 16, 2009 at 02:41 AM
    Funny...my kid got suspended by UT for a dui yet these boys continue to play football with no suspension
  • by john Location: crossville on Jan 14, 2008 at 06:25 PM
    Is it so hard to find drug free players that obey the rules. I'll bet there are lots of men who want to play. They might not be as good as these guys though?
  • by Doug Location: Angier NC on Jan 14, 2008 at 06:07 PM
    Kick them off the Team, plain and simple!
  • by Robert Location: Maryville,TN on Jan 14, 2008 at 05:29 PM
    Perhaps Coach Fulmer should put a much heavier suspension period on players caught using or possessing drugs. Maybe six months to a year. These players are giving a great University a black eye. It's not fair to those who stay clean and work hard to get an education and excell in their sports. I'm sure it does'nt help the recruiting of new players in making UT their choice. A "Wake Up Call" is in order. Thanks for listening.


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