Updated: Vols' Jacques Smith arrested, released

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Before the Tennessee football program moves past an October that featured no wins, there's one more bit of bad news for the program.

According to police reports, freshman defensive lineman Jacques Smith was charged for simple assault.

According to a Knoxville Police Department report, the victim, Allen Lewis, was dancing with a female just after 2:00 a.m. at RT Warehouse (located on Cumberland Avenue) when he was hit in the head from behind by Smith.

The victim then said he fell to the ground, where Smith continued by kicking and punching him. Lewis required stitches to his finger and other medical treatment for a concussion.

Smith has since been released on $2,000 bond. He was removed from the inmate listings at the Knox County Detention Facility around 5:45 p.m. Sunday.

According to Tennessee spokesperson Jimmy Stanton, once things heated up between Smith and the student, members of the football team that were present came in and "defused the situation."

Stanton said all parties left the scene on their own accord without major injuries and then several hours later the student and his mother decided to press charges against Smith.

Dooley said in his teleconference that he's not sure the incident with Smith is a "cultural issue," adding that his team has come a long way in how it handles itself off the field.

As for any potential punishment, Dooley said the matter, right now, will be handled internally.

Stay logged onto VolunteerTV.com for the latest information.

Smith was a four-star recruit out of Ooltewah High School. He has appeared in all eight of Tennessee's games this season, recording 18 total tackles with three of them for a loss.


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  • by jauk11 Location: 89060 on Nov 1, 2010 at 07:35 PM
    OK, first may I congratulate the rest of the team for not joining in on the fun, but maybe they just found out that they were just lucky the video tapes were "defective??" the first time. I still think the owner of the tapes and the investigating officer may be vacationing in Bermuda right now. OK, the facts, he is a needed four star, Dooley will handle it internally, no video tapes?? No problem. Sorry folks, but Dooley, the Orange Pride, and the university of Tennessee are sure losing a lot of respect across the nation, and not just because they can't win even though they allow thugs to play that should be in jail. Anyone wonder why the police didn't ask for the tapes the first thing last time? Does anyone think that Dooley doesn't have an excellent idea of who should be in jail from the first "incident"? Or if he doesn't it is only because he doesn't want to know, if they all wanted to hang together then they should have hung together.
  • by BoosieBadA Location: YoMama on Nov 1, 2010 at 05:50 PM
    Now we know who beat down that cop!
  • by Johnson Location: Murfreesboro on Nov 1, 2010 at 03:27 PM
    yeah, it's just another member of the general public causing the trouble here, couldn't be another UT athlete stirring things up, nah never.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 1, 2010 at 02:46 PM
    I think we should change our name from VOLS to THUGS because it seems more appropriate
  • by Johnny Location: Bowdon ga. on Nov 1, 2010 at 02:26 PM
    It amazes me when people go out and start trouble with someone then rum to there momma, more than likely telling there story to get momma's petting. Then Momma see's a oppertunity to get her 15 min. of fame. So she runs to the Cops then to the media. "YOUR BOY WENT OUT AND STARTED TROUBLE WITH THE WRONG PERSON" Trying to ruin someones career Aint going to get your baby to Start Making smart Decisions.
  • by OHSgradgonevol on Nov 1, 2010 at 12:08 PM
    Jumping to conclusions can lead you to looking like a fool. Don't assume just because Jacques has been charged that he is guilty--note that both parties left the bar of their own free will..only later did the 'victim' go to the hospital. Jacques is a great, so let things get finalized before you pass judgement.
  • by robert Location: knoxville on Oct 31, 2010 at 09:26 PM
    perfect...it's not like EVERYTHING is wrong...now we've got some FREAKIN' PUNK actin' the FOOL....get these freakin' IDIOTS outta here and recruit MEN that are going to represent the UNIVERSITY.....not their own agenda
  • by Joe Billy-bob Location: Loudon on Oct 31, 2010 at 07:54 PM
    I think they meant defused.

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