Update: Vols find no NCAA violation in player's bar visit

A spokesman says the Tennessee athletics department is looking into whether a Volunteers basketball player received free use of a Knoxville bar to film a music video, which may be an NCAA violation.

(GoVolsXtra/ Adam Brimer)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) --Tennessee officials say Volunteers junior forward Renaldo Woolridge did not commit any NCAA violation when he visited a Knoxville bar over the weekend.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Monday that Woolridge received exclusive access to a portion of New Amsterdam Bar and Grill free of charge early Sunday morning to film a music video.

Tennessee spokesman Jimmy Stanton says athletics officials interviewed Woolridge and the bar's owner and general manager and found no violations. Woolridge, who raps under the name "Swiperboy," visited an area in the bar open to the public looking for a location for a future video.

Vols officials determined there was no violation because student groups are allowed to use the area for free and the space was not blocked off for Woolridge's private use on Sunday.

A spokesman says the Tennessee athletics department is looking into whether a Volunteers basketball player received free use of a Knoxville bar to film a music video, which may be an NCAA violation.

Athletics spokesman Jimmy Stanton declined further comment about a report in The Knoxville News Sentinel that Renaldo Woolridge received exclusive access to a portion of New Amsterdam Bar and Grill free of charge early Sunday morning to film a video.

Tennessee is currently under NCAA investigation for recruiting violations.

The News Sentinel reported that the use of the space was provided to Woolridge for free in an effort to support him and Tennessee athletics. Representatives of New Amsterdam did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press on Monday.

There was no further comment from coach Pearl after practice, although the top Vol did meet with Woolridge and UT compliance officials prior to the workout.


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  • by shea Location: maryville on Jan 25, 2011 at 03:25 PM
    Wow. Ya'll are a little harsh on Swiperboy. Who cares if he was making a music video? He's actually pretty talented. At least he wasn't doing drugs or robbing somebody. The NCAA needs to lay off. The colleges make a lot of money off these athletes. The NCAA needs to check itself and some of their stupid rules.
  • by wingnut Location: here on Jan 25, 2011 at 02:31 PM
    Exactly what do you think happened that was against the rules joe and ken? If any other student had asked to use the bar to film something would you care? No, but because this guy plays sports he is a demon. You might want to know that the degree he is pursuing deals with the music industry and managing it. So how bout laying off one of the guys who is actually taking advantage of the chance for an education and is planning for something after college besides sports. There are plenty of other guys over there who could take a lesson from Woolridge.
  • by joe Location: tazewell on Jan 24, 2011 at 09:59 PM
    What a crock. Every last one of you so called reporters that has ever reported are to blame for the University of Tennessee athletes and coaches constantly believing they are above the rules or that rules were made to be used against other teams. Just ask Coach Pearl, it’s okay to rat out other coaches. Why, it’s even forgivable to knowingly “LIE” to the NCAA in order to “CYA.” Last fall even a citty policeman had to deal with it.
  • by eddie Location: knoxville on Jan 24, 2011 at 05:29 PM
    it is not the school it is the person and the company that is involved.why is the news sentinnel putting the school into it?
  • by ken Location: knoxville on Jan 24, 2011 at 04:02 PM
    What does the world expect? This is a U of T athlete. Barely able to go one month without an athlete getting into trouble. After all, you're only giving this clown a $200,000.00 education. Don't worry. Someone will be in favor of finding this student innocent. Expecially the coaching staff.

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