An overnight brawl at a bar in Knoxville has resulted in assault charges for members of the Tennessee football team.
The fight broke out at Bar Knoxville at approximately 1:50 a.m.- and what is it the HQ continually says about 2AM...??? Bar owner Sandy Morton said between seven and ten football players "started beating up a customer."
Bar security got the fight outside, and another customer at the bar who was standing outside became involved. That customer, Robert Capouellez, is a Knoxville Police Department Officer who was off-duty.
KPD officers responed to the scene, and a press release by the Knoxville Police Department said when officers arrived they found Capouellez "lying on the ground unconscious." Capouellez was transported to UT Medical Center for treatment of a head wound. His brother, when asked, said Robert will be in the hospital for a few more days, but should be okay.
"Another individual from inside Bar Knoxville who had been assaulted by multiple individuals was also transported to UT Medical Center with numerous injuries," the release stated. The name of the second victim will be released once his next of kin has been notified.
Knoxville Police have charged Da'Rick Rogers ((pictured first, thanks Knox County Sheriff's Office)) with Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. Rogers was listed as a top national recruit who, at the last minute, changed his intentions from attending Georgia to UTK. His high school quarterback his senior season, Nash Nance, changed from Vanderbilt to Tennessee when it was disclosed Rogers was heading to Knoxville.
Darren Myles, Jr., fled the scene and later assaulted a University of Tennessee Police Department officer. Myles ((pictured second, thanks again Knox County Sheriff's Office)) now faces charges of assault, resisting arrest, and evading arrest.
Remember, Myles was arrested in April on charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. His arraignment on those charges is set for August 12th.
Matthew Milton, an incoming freshman, is being sought as a third player in the melee. Milton will be charged with assault by the KPD.
Here's Rogers and Myles leaving the Knox County Detention Center this morning... Rogers posted a $1,000 bond. Myles' was $2,000.
Here's the interview with one of the bar owners, Sandy Newton, about the incident...
((HT: WBIR-TV Knoxville))
">The statement from Knoxville Police is here...
Here's the complaint against Myles, and the complaint against Rogers...