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Four Tennessee players (two current, two former) arrested

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Two current and two former Tennessee players have been arrested in Knox County, revealed on Sunday.

The current players are linebacker A.J. Johnson and defensive tackle Danny O’Brien, while the former players are linebacker Dontavis Sapp, who was a senior this past fall, and former walk-on lineman Isaac Mobley, who last played in 2012.

The police report for the incident does not list when or why the four were arrested, but it does list their court dates, which are for Feb. 20 and 21. It was later revealed that the arrests were alcohol related.

“We are aware of the situation and are still in the preliminary stages of gathering all facts and information,” coach Butch Jones said in a statement. “We have very high standards and expectations within our football program at the University of Tennessee, and appropriate action will be taken.”

Johnson is one of Tennessee’s top defenders and is coming off a junior season where he had 106 tackles, including 8.5 for losses. O’Brien had 12 tackles and three tackles for loss as a redshirt freshman this past fall. Sapp started as a a senior, collecting 66 tackles. says this is the first known legal incident at Tennessee since Jones took over as head coach.

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18 Responses to “Four Tennessee players (two current, two former) arrested”
  1. onbucky96 says: Feb 9, 2014 1:23 PM

    SEC! SEC! SEC!

  2. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Feb 9, 2014 1:51 PM

    How stupid are these kids? Every day it seems like someone is arrested. Of course, when they can transfer to a JUCO and then back to a top flight school there are no consequences.

  3. chiadam says: Feb 9, 2014 1:57 PM

    Alabama or Auburn might get confused and start recruiting the two former players / current criminals out of habit.

  4. irishdodger says: Feb 9, 2014 2:07 PM

    Good thing UT signed almost 40 kids last week. They still have room for a few more arrests & academic shortcomings.

  5. woebegong says: Feb 9, 2014 2:52 PM

    The coach will not be happy.

  6. condor75 says: Feb 9, 2014 2:55 PM

    detectivejimmymcnulty says:
    Feb 9, 2014 1:51 PM
    How stupid are these kids? Every day it seems like someone is arrested. Of course, when they can transfer to a JUCO and then back to a top flight school there are no consequences.

    HEY DETECTIVE, EVERY HEAR THE PHRASE “DUE PROCESS”, lock it up before you turn on the lights in the gas chamber

  7. stairwayto7 says: Feb 9, 2014 3:02 PM

    Give them the death penalty! Lack of intuitional control!

  8. derekgorgonstar says: Feb 9, 2014 3:42 PM

    SEC! SEC! SEC!

  9. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Feb 9, 2014 3:55 PM

    I haven’t heard of due process. COULD YOU EXPLAIN IT?

  10. dhardy8207 says: Feb 9, 2014 4:02 PM

    **Yawn** college players drinking, who would have thunk it….

  11. suprdok says: Feb 9, 2014 10:42 PM

    So many F…up things in this country. These are still basically kids. At one time it was legal to drink at 18 then changed back to 21! Now pot legal in certain states. These kids get mixed messages from all over . You cannot stop college kids from drinking … Never have never will! So a drunk student or student athlete acts stupid at a party ! Gets arrested! Yawn! Old story!

  12. tennfan says: Feb 9, 2014 11:45 PM

    suprdok, I agree with your comments and all of them are quiet true, that being said, it still does not make (what is happening ) right, now does it ?

  13. sportsguy3434 says: Feb 10, 2014 8:52 AM

    So silly to have limits on such a widely used and abused drug. It is already legal in Colorado. It is no menace to society except when it kills people and ruins the lives of many other users… oh, wait this is for alcohol, you know the one that weed supporters say is the worse of the two. So maybe we DO need some limits on drugs. Ask a family who had a family member killed by a drunk driver if it is a big deal or not.

  14. sprtmano says: Feb 10, 2014 10:16 AM

    onbucky96 wishes it was worse than it was. He wishes it bring us down to the level of OSU, but it won’t.

  15. minibull says: Feb 10, 2014 10:32 AM

    Underage drinking on a college campus?! Shocking.

    The current players will be running stadium steps at 6:00 am all summer, plead no contest, and get judicial diversion for a first offense.

    This will happen exactly the same for several schools this spring/summer (SEC and non-SEC) and be handled exactly the same way.

  16. mediocrebob says: Feb 10, 2014 11:46 AM

    Love the buckeye fans getting excited about this. Not them for once.

    Of course, that’s bc Urban now understands how to sweep things under the rug better than anyone.

    “Carlos Hyde is an excellent young man and a great player.”

  17. lakesidegator says: Feb 10, 2014 12:23 PM

    Hey Butch, are you going to remove a couple of those (brick-by) bricks? Looks like you don’t have that control you want so badly…yet, at least.

    Of course, maybe to Butch pot is not such a bad thing for the program. After all, it helped him get through band camp.

  18. friarjack61 says: Nov 20, 2014 3:05 PM

    I am tired of reading about this type of jock, that in continually recruited by most ‘big time’ schools. NO ONE checks their backgrounds, along with the type of friends, with whom they are associated. These jocks have little to no structural social interaction abilities, and are self-centered, macho, academically brainless jerks.
    They are not attending any school to attend class; but, only to be showcased on the field or hardwood court, so they can become pros !
    Wake up, you bunch of stupid AD’s, and start recruiting student-athletes, instead of jocks.
    If all schools did this, there would be more parity.

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