UT football players involved in bar fight at Bar Knoxville Friday

By: Nick Bona, Jason Tighe Email
By: Nick Bona, Jason Tighe Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT)--Knoxville police confirm an off-duty officer was seriously injured after an altercation at Bar Knoxville on the Cumberland Ave strip. KPD says that several members of the University of Tennessee football team were involved including highly touted recruit Darick Rogers and safety Darren Myles.

KPD says that a fight broke between two patrons inside the bar a little before 2 a.m. After the initial fight, several others joined in, and continued to attack the one individual.

Employees of the bar intervened and were able to push the fight outside of the bar. Once outside, the group continued to attack the individual, who has not been identified. Knoxville Police Officer Robert Capouellez then attempted to help stop the attack.

Witnesses say the officer Capouellez was hit in the head and knocked to the ground unconscious. He was transported to UT Medical center for treatment of a head wound. The officer's brother told our media partner WNOX Radio, that the officer is in I-C-U with a skull fracture. The initial victim was also taken to UT Medical Center with numerous injuries.

The suspect on the attack of the officer fled the scene after kicking the officer several times after he was down.

Six people have been identified as possible suspects, and have since been located and detained.

One suspect was turned over to the University of Tennessee Police Department, after that individual of the allegedly assaulted a UT police officer who attempted to take them into custody.

KPD has charged 19 year old Darick Rogers with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Darren Myles was arrested by the University of Tennessee police for an unknown charge.

Both witnesses and suspects are being questioned.

Myles was also charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest in April of 2010 following an incident outside of Sobu on Kingston Pike
the nightclub.


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  • by Deanna Location: Knoxville on Jul 11, 2010 at 06:24 PM
    As someone who was there and is also a VIP along with hundreds of others! Who said there was underage drinking going on? Bar Knoxville is very strict on underage drinking and fake Id's. Stings done on the strip all the time, and Bar has always done well. Its 18 and up @ night. Bar like All clubs/bars are licensed as a Restaurants and operates a full kitchen. Dont you think if they had been drinking they would have been charged with that as well? besides that fact they were at other Bars before they came to Bar Knoxville! people placing the blame on the victims and the business is insane! Blame the ones in the fight! Had it happened at Applebee's or Outback would it be blamed on them? with the rage and anger I saw it could of just as well started at Wal-Mart! The fact they continued to fight & run from the police should tell you something! Noone want UT to have the bad press or football season most of all businesses on the strip! but really, we can only blame the Men for there actions!
  • by renee Location: dandrige on Jul 11, 2010 at 11:33 AM
    Lets see if this cop dies will they take these football players to jail & let a jury of there own peers debate what there punishment should be? Even if that cop lives they still should have to go to jail & serve time. Because if it was someone else just an ordinary person they would throw the book at them!!!! The only reason that these football players keep getting away with these crimes is that THE SYSTEM DOESNT WANT TO DO NOTHING ABOUT IT. Its a bunch of BULLCRAP that they are getting away with this!!!!! That cop is fighting for his life & these PUNKS are out on bond, when is this SYSTEM going to wake up!!!!
  • by Joe on Jul 10, 2010 at 08:35 PM
    What else can you say about a "poud" university other than all of their athletics promote illegal alcohol use during every event simply by playing their beloved and reverant Rocky Top and many of their players have shown that the drinking of it is more important than an education or sports. The bigger problem is that society no longer knows that the word illegal means against the law. If you break the law, you should serve an appropriate penalty.
  • by Tony on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:22 PM
    Would it be considered an infraction of NCAA rules for a football team's members to accept special considerations (i.e. allowed to enter a business without paying a cover charge because they are football players) that are not given or offered to all students? The wife of the manager of the "Bar Knoxville" in Knoxville, TN was interviewed after several football players were involved in brawl that left a KPD off duty officer being seriouly injured and another customed was also hospitalized. She stated on air that her husband always gave players the VIP treatment that included no cover charge. No one knows what, if any, other perks are involved . Will the NCAA again turn a blind eye to the UT athletic departments problems?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:03 PM
    Shouldn't this bar be shut down for allowing underage kids in? I thought the legal age was 21 or older not 21 or under?? I think the Bar should be partly responsible.
  • by David Location: Lenoir City on Jul 9, 2010 at 06:32 PM
    Emphasis, at any University, needs to be a quality education. Sports should be secondary. We have let UT evolve into "Let's win a game not get an education". I would be very interested to know exactly how many of UT's sports stars actually graduate with a degree other than that in "underwater basket weaving" Stop paying the players to win at any cost, hold them accountable for their actions and demand they get an education.
  • by Phil Location: Seymour on Jul 9, 2010 at 05:58 PM
    Well here we go again, thugs on UT sports program Football,Basketball, does not make a difference. Two previous football,1 present basketball coaches making excuses for the good boys on the team,but not having the courage to do anything about the thugs bad behavior. Let us see if the new football coach has any courage.
  • by Terry Location: Knoxville on Jul 9, 2010 at 05:55 PM
    How awesome! Go Vols! Let's bail them out, wipe their butts, and continue to pay for their education so they can play with a ball! Time to show a little discipline Thugiversity of Tennessee.
  • by me Location: my house on Jul 9, 2010 at 05:31 PM
    UT football at it's best
  • by John Location: Knoxville on Jul 9, 2010 at 05:23 PM
    I am a student at UT. I am also a veteran with eight years in the military. The military handles things like this in a way that gives students the oppurtunity to prove themselves. A student at UT is a role model and an athlete is a role model to the community as well as his/her fellow students. It takes alot to get accepted to this prestigious school. A curfew should not be enforced on all students. There should be what the military calls Exceptional servicemember benefits. All incoming students, first years, should be carefully monitored for grades, and conduct (both on, and off campus) If they prove themselves to be responsible than the curfew can be lifted. What I don't understand is how some athletes keep getting into trouble and the provost or dean of students slap them on the wrist and that is it. I think Coach Dooley needs to handle this situation, and he will be watched on how well he does. UT atheltes are role models, and Coach Summitt handles that well. Her girls are great.
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