The offseason is in full swing.
Tennessee had two current players arrested in LB AJ Johnson and DT Danny O’Brien, along with former LB Dontavis Sapp, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
According to WBIR.com, O’Brien was charged with criminal impersonation (fake ID), resisting arrest and underage consumption. Reports indicate police were called to a loud 80- to 90-person party at an apartment addressed to Sapp and Johnson (they are roommates), and the police returned to the apartment a second time after they heard reports of a fight breaking out around 12:30 AM Sunday.
Volquest.com (pay wall) reported that both Sapp and Johnson were arrested on resisting arrest charges, although KCSO said reports for both haven’t been finalized.
Arrests to Johnson and O’Brien are the first known legal incidents since Butch Jones was hired, and he released a statement that he was immediately aware of the situation and in the mode of gathering facts.
“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 the SEC’s top linebackers, and he returned for his senior season instead of heading to the NFL.
Updated 3:40 PM ET: Sapp and Johnson are being charged with providing alcohol to persons under 21 and resisting arrest.
Seven other players cited:
LB Curtis Maggitt: providing alcohol to underage persons
LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin: providing alcohol to underage persons
LB Jakob Johnson: providing alcohol to underage persons
OL Dontavius Blair: underage drinking
DL Dimarya Mixon: underage drinking
CB Justin Coleman: underage drinking
DL Malik Brown: underage drinking
The following photos were taken from the Knox County Sheriff’s office:
Tennessee LB AJ Johnson
Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports