Tennessee defensive lineman Danny O’Brien has a deal with the state of Tennessee to have some charges stemming from an arrest last week dropped, but he’ll have to work for it. O’Brien was ordered to 40 hours of community service over the next six months to have charges related to possessing a fake ID, resisting arrest and underage drinking dropped. He must also submit to an alcohol assessment.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, if O’Brien completes his community service and stays out of trouble, all charges will be dropped at his next hearing. That hearing is currently scheduled for August 14. Former linebacker Dontavis Sapp (pictured) will have his charges dropped under similar circumstances as well. Both players had to pay court costs as well as part of the agreements in place.
Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson has a court appearance scheduled for Friday. It seems optimistic he will be able to work a similar agreement.
Earlier this month O’Brien, Sapp and Johnson were among seven football players cited for various alcohol-related offenses after police were called to check on a disturbance at an apartment in Knoxville.
As far as football is concerned, O’Brien and Johnson are still a part of the team, and their position on the roster does not appear to be in great jeopardy. As long as they avoid any other legal troubles, that should remain the case for the Vols.