An update on this case has been posted. Please the article with the headline: Assault charge dismissed against Jason Chavis, son of former UT defensive coordinator
Jason Chavis, son of former Tennessee defensive coordinator John Chavis, has been named as a suspect in an assault on a minor.
The incident allegedly occurred May 16 at Wolf Clan Combat Sports, a mixed martial arts training facility, that John Chavis co-owns in North Knoxville.
According to an incident report obtained from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the victim claimed that Jason Chavis, 26, shoved him into a fighting cage then “threw him to the ground, put his knee on his chest pinning him, and wrapped both of his hands around his neck.”
Matt A. Hosford, a part owner of Wolf Clan and a black belt in jujitsu, pulled Jason Chavis off of the victim, an unidentified 15-year-old.
“Get in the (expletive) cage or get out of the (expletive) gym,” Jason Chavis said before the attack, according to the incident report.
Hosford and his brother, John David Hosford, were listed as witnesses to the assault and corroborated the victim’s account on the incident report.
Following the assault, the victim called his mother. Jason Chavis was not at the scene when police arrived.
It is unclear if assault charges will be filed or have been filed against Jason Chavis.
The victim was not injured and refused medical attention.
John Chavis declined comment through LSU’s sports information department. Jason Chavis could not be reached for comment.
John Chavis coached at UT from 1989 to 2008 after playing for the Vols from 1976-78. He was UT’s defensive coordinator from 1995 to 2008.
Chavis was not retained by Lane Kiffin who replaced Phillip Fulmer following UT’s 5-7 season in 2008. Chavis joined LSU’s staff as defensive coordinator after considering the same position at Clemson.