UPDATE: Warrant mixup in Morley case

UT knew about felony arrest from '07

Tennessee defender Demetrice Morley flips Alabama running back Roy Upchurch on Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

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Tennessee defender Demetrice Morley flips Alabama running back Roy Upchurch on Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

Demetrice Morley

Demetrice Morley

University of Tennessee football player Demetrice Morley speaks with a reporter during freshman media interviews at the Neyland Thompson Sports Center earlier this year.

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University of Tennessee football player Demetrice Morley speaks with a reporter during freshman media interviews at the Neyland Thompson Sports Center earlier this year.

Tennessee safety Demetrice Morley was arrested early Thursday morning during a routine traffic stop on a warrant stemming from a felony robbery charge issued in Morley’s hometown of Miami in 2007.

Morley, a junior, was released from the Knox County Detention Facility late Thursday evening, said UT athletic department spokeswoman Tiffany Carpenter.

WVLT reported that Morley was released after officials in Knoxville were told by Miami police that a warrant was issued by mistake.

Morley was ordered by a Miami-Dade court to perform 75 hours of community service for his 2007 arrest, Carpenter said.

Morley completed those hours this spring after returning to UT, and UT’s football community relations office submitted proof of those hours to a Miami-Dade court in May.

Knoxville police stopped Morley, 21, around 3 a.m. Thursday for speeding on Chapman Highway, KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk said.

A records check conducted by the officer revealed an outstanding warrant issued by Miami-Dade police on a charge of strong-armed robbery, DeBusk said.

Miami-Dade police confirmed issuing the warrant after Morley failed to appear there for a Sept. 4 court date.

It is unclear why Morley was due in court Sept. 4, and a Miami-Dade County court clerk could not be reached Thursday evening.

Morley, who was not a UT student at the time of the 2007 arrest, is due in court Dec. 23 in Miami, Carpenter said.

Some members of UT’s previous coaching staff were aware of Morley’s arrest in Miami before he was allowed to rejoin the football team almost a year ago, Carpenter said.

UT coach Lane Kiffin was unavailable for comment Thursday.

Kiffin plans to meet with Morley to discuss the incident when he returns from an out-of-state recruiting trip, Carpenter said.

The initial incident occurred on April 24, 2007, when Florida International University police charged Morley and another FIU student, Quinntel Smith, for allegedly robbing a man of $35 on the FIU campus.

Morley told police “ ‘a dude with black hair’ was walking past (Smith) when he called him and hugged him around his neck area, searched his pockets and removed some money,” the arrest report states.

Morley told police he used some of the money to put gas in his vehicle after he and Smith used the rest of the money to buy food, the FIU report said.

Smith told police that he placed his arms around the victim while Morley “searched his pockets and removed some money.”

The victim made a positive identification of both suspects, records show.

Strong-armed robbery is a felony in the state of Florida and differs from armed robbery in that only physical force is used and not a weapon.

UT dismissed Morley in January 2007 after his grade point average fell below the required 2.0 mark and a subsequent appeal was denied.

Morley rejoined UT’s football team in January after taking classes at Pellissippi State Technical Community College to regain admission to UT.

He started 10 games for the Vols this fall, although he was suspended for the first quarter of UT’s victory over UAB on Sept. 13, nine days after his missed court date in Miami.

He was also suspended for a Nov. 8 game against Wyoming for violating UT’s class attendance policy.

Drew Edwards covers University of Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274.

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kilovol writes:

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98memories writes:

come on d morley, stay out of trouble

Basketball_Jones writes:

WELCOME TO KNOXVILLE COACH

NoogaVol55 writes:

his he a senior?

smokeyadams writes:

Time to see how CLK is concerning dicipline....

Ironcity writes:

in response to General_Watermelon:

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As hard as this might be,hard to comprehend for some on this board, maybe its Morleys fault.

easymoney writes:

Now we get to see Kiffin in action, wonder what the penalty will be for this? What could the outstanding warrant be for?

NoogaVol55 writes:

Wonder what theh warrant in FL was for?

drum45 writes:

Kiffin has lost control of the program already! Fire Hamilton!

easymoney writes:

in response to NoogaVol55:

his he a senior?

I think he is a redshirt Junior. I think he reshirted in 2007.

montanavolfan writes:

You know what most of us can be pulled over for speeding every day, as for the charge in florida goes the article does not specify what it was. Any fool can swear out a warrant on any other fool and have them arrested and it does not matter if they are guilty of anything or not. Why did not the author of this article do a little digging and find out if it was for murder, or j walking?

auttat writes:

in response to Scotty_Hopson32:

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He is a Junior in football standing.

I have read on other sites this is for armed robbery.

THEKIDWISCONSIN writes:

Well, at least it was something from his past and they didn't find drugs or drunken underage minors in the vehicle with him...

I too am curious what the warrant was for. It could be something as simple as too many unpaid parking tickets. Then again.......

volroadwarrior writes:

He got stopped for speeding, but got arrested for the FL warrant. Does anyone know about the warrant?

jpmoney writes:

I heard the warrant he had out was for armed robbery.

lastlap writes:

Cut the cord. Too many chances already.

WorkinLikeHeck writes:

this is how Foolmore molded young men as a father figure

thesavageorange writes:

For those that asked me what DM did to already be in the doghouse well there ya go.Sorry couldn't say exactly what was up.

CoverOrange writes:

Do the cops in Miami not watch college football? He's been on TV 8 or 9 times this year. Wasn't very urgent apparently.

As to the comment about the author doing some digging first, consider the number of taunts posted here when KNS gets scooped.

King53 writes:

if this is legit and it is for "strong armed robbery", then it should be an easy decision for CLK...off the team. There is really no other choice for him to make. New coach, 1st test on discipline...if he goes light on Morely, then big trouble awaits him.

byobbio writes:

That would have been funny if Fulmer had brought him to Media Days before the season. That way both of them would have been subpoena'd!

The_Mayor writes:

As global warming is Bush's fault, this will undoubtedly be Fulmer's fault.

thesavageorange writes:

Morley is a JR neat yr.

Guys I hear LK may make an immediate example.We'll see.This was not unknown by the previous staff.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to thesavageorange:

For those that asked me what DM did to already be in the doghouse well there ya go.Sorry couldn't say exactly what was up.

Thanks, savage, I thought you were talking about the DM that plays WR.

Volunatic writes:

in response to Ironcity:

As hard as this might be,hard to comprehend for some on this board, maybe its Morleys fault.

Nah, it's John Adams' fault.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Can Obama write the check? Wait, it'll be over a month.

Dang.

Adios.

SignalMtnVol writes:

MORON!
This kid has been in trouble since day #1. He might be a talented safety, but Coach Kiffin needs to toss his butt to the curb!

10eceeVol4ever writes:

This is D-Morely's fault no one else's. Kick him off the team Coach and send the message that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated any longer.

kilovol writes:

in response to easymoney:

Now we get to see Kiffin in action, wonder what the penalty will be for this? What could the outstanding warrant be for?

The warrant was for strong-armed robbery which means that force was used but not necessarily any weapon. That what was reported on the Knoxville station.

SignalMtnVol writes:

in response to thesavageorange:

Morley is a JR neat yr.

Guys I hear LK may make an immediate example.We'll see.This was not unknown by the previous staff.

Savage, everything you have posted thus far has been spot on. More power to CLK if he does make an example out of him.

Ironcity writes:

in response to General_Watermelon:

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me to

BigMikeUT writes:

in response to Scotty_Hopson32:

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5-7 teams must not get those kinds of luxuries...haha. I wonder if anybody knew about this before. Wouldn't you think when he got re-admitted, a background check would've flagged an arrest warrant?

Volunatic writes:

Dang shame, throwing his life away like that. He could have had a really good future in the NFL.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

Just in: Tennessee saftey transfers to Hurricanes.

Go VOLS!!!

Ironcity writes:

Its not like he has been hard to find. I am not very impressed with the Dade police department.

thesavageorange writes:

TurboFan ,

didn't think about that sorry.There are some others w/ issues that Lane has told he will not tolerate, and basically said "I do not need you", and you "will not bring down my football team".

TommyJack writes:

Nice detective work to all the Inspector Closeau's in Miami. Did a C.I. rat him out? Good grief. Hide in plain sight.

NoogaVol55 writes:

Just like a fat kid in dodgeball....Morley is out! No way he keeps him around.

VOLinDAWGland writes:

This is probably why we got him in the first place. Let's see you have a serious warrant out for you so should be keeping head way low, but instead you're out at 3 am during a school night and speeding.

Buh bye DM...let's go get a couple of new safeties to start fresh in MK's Tennessee 2 defense.

IBleedOrange444 writes:

Y'all don't read very well huh? It says that it was a strong-armed robbery. Kiffin probably won't have to worry too much about how he punishes Morely b/c he's going to be rotting away in a jail cell for a few years. I feel sorry for Morely's little daughter. I don't feel too sorry for Morely. Stupid, stupid, stupid... and wrong!!!!!! What is wrong with these guys? Life is not a rap song.

PreventUT writes:

The former staff knew he had an outstanding warrant for an armed robbery charge? Was nothing done?

onefaro writes:

Now that the seson is over, the local Police found out he was here.

montanavolfan , the charge is for "Strong Arm Robbery. Means he had a gun or other weapon.

Blame Miami, after all, Morley was a graduste of the University High (which the NCAA shut down) because he could not graduate from Killian High. Coach Taylor and UT coaches did not care. Get the "Meat" here.

coxo921 (Inactive) writes:

in response to jpmoney:

I heard the warrant he had out was for armed robbery.

Heard...? Wonder....?

Are any of you on this board able to read?

IT SAYS WHAT THE WARRANT WAS FOR IN THE FIRST SENTENCE OF THE ARTICLE

But Im sure you all will try and crack each other up with your lack luster comments and pitful humor toward him, other players, coaches old and new.

I'm not surprised though...reading these posts has become about as lousy as the writing this news paper and some of it's writers provide.

My only surprise is that there's not some moron trying to write "FIRST" on this column...or Last as it may be for the day.

Some of the fans in this volnation are as bad and pathetic as our crimson neighbors to the south...the sad part is the number is ever growing with moronic intensity!

BreweryVol writes:

in response to General_Watermelon:

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Why do you feel the need to hang this on anyone except the grown adult who made the
conscience decision to break the law.

WorkinLikeHeck writes:

in response to thesavageorange:

For those that asked me what DM did to already be in the doghouse well there ya go.Sorry couldn't say exactly what was up.

thesavageorange is full of phooey...Rob Lewis posted that he did no such thing that this is for jaywalking and not appearing in court. Apparently all he has to is pay a fine. Thanks for not "reporting" this bit of info savageorangemoron.

MidTennVol writes:

If this kid screwed up again -- after being thrown off the team and then fighting his way back into school and onto the team after a year away -- then there's no hope for him.

And I do believe that he was out of chances -- at least with Coach Fulmer? Whose problem is this now? What the rule, Coach Kiffin? Send him packing?

Will Morley join the Big Orange Hall of Shame with Reggie Cobb, Tony Robinson, Onterrio Smith, Larmarcus Coker, Duke Crews, and a handful of others?

Stupid is as stupid does. I was SO proud of this kid for fighting back.

NoogaVol55 writes:

in response to coxo921:

Heard...? Wonder....?

Are any of you on this board able to read?

IT SAYS WHAT THE WARRANT WAS FOR IN THE FIRST SENTENCE OF THE ARTICLE

But Im sure you all will try and crack each other up with your lack luster comments and pitful humor toward him, other players, coaches old and new.

I'm not surprised though...reading these posts has become about as lousy as the writing this news paper and some of it's writers provide.

My only surprise is that there's not some moron trying to write "FIRST" on this column...or Last as it may be for the day.

Some of the fans in this volnation are as bad and pathetic as our crimson neighbors to the south...the sad part is the number is ever growing with moronic intensity!

But yet you responded!!!

Moaninglikeheck writes:

WTH???

Coach Fulmer, shame shame shame on you! Did you not know that Morley had that weapon? Had you not looked through his personal belongings on a regular basis? Oh, this happened in Florida? That doesn't excuse you! He should have had a paid personal baby-sitter by his side at all times! What? You didn't call his cell or text him daily to remind him NOT to commit armed robbery? This should have been on your "to do list" each and every day! I know you knew he would do this as soon as he left Knoxville. Oh the downright sheer neglect you have displayed.

Welcome to the SEC coach Kiffin. This isn't just a Knoxville phenom, as I'm sure you are aware from your USC experience. Make sure you have all your players on speed dial.

volnbig11land writes:

in response to Scotty_Hopson32:

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"Beam them up Scotty, there is no intelligent life in their world".

blitzshoot writes:

Picked the wrong time for this Morley. You're history at UT. But you have bigger problems than that.
Poster UT4LIFE, you may want to change your poster name. It now has two connotations it appears.

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