Two UT football players and one former Vol arrested; other players cited


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Knox County Sheriff's Office released additional information Sunday evening.

Deputies say several people at the party were argumentative, tried fighting officials, and had fake ID cards.

In addition to Danny O'Brien, the following Vols were cited for underage drinking: Daniel Sola, Curt Maggitt, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Dontavius Blair, Dimarya Mixon, Justin Coleman, and Malik Brown. Other people in attendance were also cited.

Deputies say AJ Johnson and Dontavis Sapp hosted the party. They say marijuana residue was also found, but they're unsure who provided it.

KCSO says when they returned the second time, Sapp was visibly intoxicated. When deputies tried to arrest him, they say Johnson grabbed them by the shoulder to stop them. As they tried to arrest Johnson, they say there was a struggle and he tried to run away.

According to the police report, Maggit, Reeves-Maybin, Sapp, and Johnson live in the apartment, along with another Vol, Jakob Johnson.


Original Story:
Two Tennessee football players and one former Vol were arrested early Sunday morning, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

The players are linebacker AJ Johnson and defensive linemen Dontavis Sapp and Danny O'Brien.

Deputies say they were called to handle a loud party with 80-90 people at the Quarry Trail apartment complex around 12:02 AM. When they got there, deputies say they saw several people who didn't look old enough to drink.

When they talked to Sapp, who lives there, they say he assured them the party would quiet down. When they walked away, they say the music got louder.

Around 12:30 AM, deputies were called back to the apartment complex for a fight in front of building 7. They say O'Brien told them he was over the age of 21 and presented fake identification from Alabama.

Deputies say O'Brien had a very strong odor of alcohol on his breath and became argumentative. After a brief struggle, he was arrested.

Johnson, 22, is charged with enticing or purchasing alcohol for a minor and resisting search or arrest.

O'Brien, 20, is charged with criminal impersonation, resisting search or arrest, and underage consumption of alcohol.

Sapp, 22, is charged with enticing or purchasing alcohol for a minor and resisting search or arrest.

Vols' head football coach Butch Jones released the following statement Sunday morning: "We are aware of the situation and are still in the preliminary stages of gathering all facts and information. We have very high standards and expectations within our football program at the University of Tennessee, and appropriate action will be taken."

Sapp and O'Brien's court date is set for February 20, while Johnson's is February 21.

Johnson, a rising senior, has been an All-SEC performer for the Vols. He started all 12 games for Tennessee last year, leading the team in tackles with 106.

O'Brien, a red shirt sophomore, didn't start in 2013 but the defensive tackle did appear in every game.

Sapp's career at UT is over. He started every game last year, ending the season third in tackles on the team.

This is Tennessee's first off-the-field problems that resulted in arrests since Butch Jones arrived at UT.


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