Friday, July 9, 2010

DEVELOPING STORY: Myles Dismissed, Lawyer Says Players Attacked First...

((HT: Knoxville News-Sentinel/Jacobs, Stambaugh))

Vols coach Derek Dooley announced he is dismissing sophomore safety Darren Myles from the program. Dooley also indefinitely suspended sophomore defensive tackle Marlon Walls and sophomore linebacker Greg King.

Gregory P. Isaacs, Vols DT Montori Hughes' attorney, said that his client hasn't been interviewed or charged by law enforcement in connection with the fight that sent two people to a hospital, including an off-duty Knoxville police officer. Isaacs also maintains Hughes was attacked by a patron "without provocation."

"Our investigation has revealed that the UT football players did not start the altercation at the establishment," Isaacs said. "Importantly, Montori Hughes was assaulted by an unknown patron for no apparent reason, which was the catalyst of the altercation."

Vols Head Coach Derek Dooley issued a statement from off-campus Friday...

The first two paragraphs are as follows:
It is a privilege, not a right, to be a member of the University of Tennessee football team. The most important responsibility of that privilege is to properly represent this institution and our supporters on and off the field. I am disappointed and in many ways embarrassed by the poor judgment displayed on many fronts by several members of our football team last night.

Here's team coverage from our friends at WATE-TV
Kristin Farley takes the lead...

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