Kiffin: Players' status on hold

Kiffin on football players' arrests: To paraphrase, "No comment."

Victims of attempted armed robbery speak about the experience

Screenshot of WVLT VolunteerTV exclusive video of the arrests early Thursday morning. Three University of Tennessee football players and a woman were jailed on charges of attempted armed robbery.

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Screenshot of WVLT VolunteerTV exclusive video of the arrests early Thursday morning. Three University of Tennessee football players and a woman were jailed on charges of attempted armed robbery.

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KNOXVILLE - The status of three University of Tennessee football players charged in a robbery attempt is on hold while coach Lane Kiffin reviews the case.

"We're gathering all the information in, and until then we really have nothing for you," Kiffin said this afternoon.

Also, one of the three UT players arrested after the holdup attempt on the Strip has been freed without having to post bond, according to his defense attorney.

Bond for Janzen Jackson, 18, was reduced from $15,000 this afternoon and he was released on his own recognizance, said attorney Donld Bosch.

"Mr. Jackson vehemently asserts his innocence and hopes to be able to demonstrate that in the next 24 to 48 hours," Bosch said.

Also arrested this morning in connection with the incident at a Pilot station on Cumberland Avenue were football players Mike Edwards and Nu'Keese Richardson, both 18, as well as UT student Marie Montmarquet, 22, who was driving the car the men were in, according to the Knoxville Police Department.

All four suspects have been charged with three counts of attempted armed robbery, and Montmarquet also faces drug charges.

Attorney Gregory P. Isaacs, who represents Montmarquet, said his client was a excellent UT student and a former intern in the state Legislature.

"Our preliminary investigation reveals that Miss Montmarquet had no knowledge of any of the allegations she has been charged with and we look forward to speaking with authorities regarding this matter as expeditiously as possible."

It wasn't immediately clear if Edwards or Richardson have attorneys.

UT athletic director Mike Hamilton released a statement this morning about the episode.

"At this time we are currently evaluating the circumstances surrounding an incident involving Mike Edwards, Janzen Jackson and Nu'Keese Richardson," Hamilton said. "Any decisions or comments regarding their status will not be made until the evaluations are complete."

Both Richardson and Jackson are coming off a week in which they faced discipline from coach Lane Kiffin, the former for missing a practice and the latter for a violation of team rules.

Kiffin has touted the discipline in his program and a clean arrest record as recently as Wednesday's SEC teleconference.

Richardson is a 5-foot-10, 165-pound wide receiver from Pahokee, Fla. Jackson is a 6-foot, 174-pound defensive back from Lake Charles, La. Edwards is a 5-foot-10 defensive back from Cleveland, Ohio.

According to KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk, the incident began at 1:43 a.m. at the Pilot station, 2218 Cumberland Ave., when officers were alerted to an armed robbery in progress.

When officers arrived, they found Cory B. Zickefoose, 20, Benjamin J. Everett, 19 and Corey M. Smith, 18, claiming to have been accosted by two men wearing black hoodies.

The trio told officers they were sitting in a 1998 Hyundai Elantra at the convenience store while a friend was inside the business. As they waited for their friend, a man opened the driver's door, brandished a handgun and stated, "Give me everything you have," DeBusk said.

A second man also wearing a black hoodie then opened the passenger door of the Hyundai and reiterated to the trio, "Give us everything you've got," DeBusk said.

In an interview this afternoon, Zickefoose and Smith told the News Sentinel they had no inkling beforehand that the people in the parking lot were about to attempt a robbery. Even during the incident, Zickefoose, who was driving, said the man with the weapon wasn't overly aggressive.

"I could just tell he wasn't going to shoot me. He didn't have too much authority," Zickefoose said.

The victims said they showed the two men their empty wallets and said they had no money.

"I said, 'Sorry, we don't have anything to give you.' " Zickefoose said.

"We ain't got nothing but a cheeseburger," Smith added, "but they didn't take that."

A third man then approached the car and told the other two men in hoodies, "We've got to go," DeBusk said.

The three men got into a 2010 Toyota Prius driven by a woman and fled the area. Zickefoose said he glanced at the Prius during the attempted heist and noted the woman seemed amused.

"She was smiling, with a big grin on her face," Zickefoose said.

Officers stopped the car on Neyland Drive near Leinard Lane after it had been seen near Gibbs Halls.

Police found Edwards, Richardson and Jackson in the car, which was driven by Marie Montmarquet, 22, DeBusk said. UT spokeswoman Karen Collins confirmed that Montmarquet is a student at UT.

A search of the Prius revealed a air-powered pellet pistol under the rear seat. Two black hoodies were seen in plain view in the back seat, DeBusk said.

The suspects were taken to the Pilot station where the three victims identified Edwards and Richardson as the two men in black hoodies who demanded their wallets.

Richardson and Edwards were being held on a $19,500 bond each. Jackson was held in lieu of $15,000 bond.

In the glove box of the Prius police found a marijuana grinder, a device to break chunks of compressed marijuana into loose particles so that it can be more easily smoked. Police found a clear plastic bag of suspected marijuana in Montmarquet's jacket pocket, DeBusk said.

Montmarquet told police the grinder and marijuana found in her jacket belonged to her, DeBusk said. Along with the three counts of attempted armed robbery, she also was charged with simple drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Her bond has been set at $16,000, according to Isaacs.

More details as they develop online and in Friday's News Sentinel.

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Comments » 912

Rockygrass writes:

Way to go Nukeese and Janzen....thanks for the press you f'ing idiots.

DRW writes:

Unbelievable.

Highlands_Whisky writes:

No way they could be that stupid. Please tell me this is wrong.

rockytopman writes:

Thanks for the attention fellas...was hoping JJ learned his lesson from last week...Here's to hoping that CLK doesn't pull a Fulmer...cut 'em away now.

CarthageVol writes:

Show no tolerance. Show 'em the door Lane.

FearlessFreep writes:

Dumb and Dumber. And add Mike Edwards to that list as well.

thejakester writes:

More criminals on our team? Go figure.

rclarkvols#224537 writes:

I pray this is a case of mistaken identity.

Volsrbest writes:

Dismissed...more open spots for recruiting. Very unfortunate for them!

StroVol writes:

Effing Clowns. Get the he.. out of my state. I don't even want you in a Tennessee Jail.

Txvol57 writes:

Its been all over Volnation....I say Oh Well!..No use crying over spilled milk...3 more schollys just opened up. It too bad that Kiffin cant say no arrest anymore...but having over 100 kids to be responsible for is a huge task and all of them are not going to be angels. Just cut our losses move on and keep recruting!!

mlfink#650868 writes:

i do not believe this. I just checked the calendar and its not April 1....hmm. KNS, you had better be right, or I may never forgive you.

ctownvol writes:

If true...Unbelievable. Totally in shock. Other schools are going to eat this up in recruiting.

rockban62 writes:

cant believe they would do something this damn stupid, if this is true i dont care how good they are get rid of them. ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

unbelievable how dumb some are------on the heals of "jackson learns from mistake"---some are just too dumb to learn anything --way to ruin your lives morons and close to ruin anothers

Souther writes:

How stupid can you be to trash your career and your life by doing dumb-a** things like this? Crimony! What is wrong with these guys?

KSargent writes:

You hate to see young men make stupid choices .... but appears these two did. The use of a gun makes this bad for them

NFL careers to maybe a low wage job .... if they can stay out of more trouble

Found guilty ... and their football future is over period ..

Likearose writes:

If this is true....OUT THEY GO! Stay tough CLK!!
We don't want to go back to the old ways....

vet4ut writes:

On the bright side, additional scholarships with immediate playing time available at an up and coming SEC power...

StroVol writes:

I guess Nuke was upset about not being paid to play college ball. He will get a few years to think about this decision.

hewwheel writes:

bye bye idiots, way to urinate all over your future

sticknmove15 writes:

ok now all these people are going to look at kiffin so they can point fingers and call ut "thug U" or something. That's not even an area that a coach has any control over. This is a personal "I was raised crazy" issue. They'll be dismissed. This is crazy though. Who does that?

reddevilfever writes:

Just think how much Janzen learned from his mistakes! Don't think Lame Kiffin will be going back to Nukeese's hometown in Fla. to recruit anymore!

rocky_topper writes:

We certainly don't want players like this! Good riddance!

justTRUSTme writes:

Nancy Kerrigan says..."WHY!?!?!?....WHY!?!?!!!"

orangenwhitefan writes:

Nu'Keese and Janzen are H I S T O R Y !! Good riddance to both of these THUGS!!

StroVol writes:

in response to sticknmove15:

ok now all these people are going to look at kiffin so they can point fingers and call ut "thug U" or something. That's not even an area that a coach has any control over. This is a personal "I was raised crazy" issue. They'll be dismissed. This is crazy though. Who does that?

Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!! These fools are going straight to prison!

GR82BAVOL writes:

I'm speechless...what a huge waste of talent.

monsterman writes:

Had a feeling Nuke was a loose cannon after the whining about playing time. Has not been great in any role they tried him at anyways.

Cut the dead wood off and let the tree continue to grow. Time for some pruning Kiff.

JtDL writes:

Assuming they did it, there must have been a lot of money involved to throw away NFL contracts like that.

gangrell84 writes:

Kind of glad that Richardson didn't come to UF now. I doubt that Kiffin will cut them.

cwells52#661337 writes:

I figure if it is true, then the victim was never in trouble with the gun especially if Nu'Keese was the one in control of it because he would have dropped it like all of those punts....

vol_4_fan writes:

this goes to show that these type of kids who have been told how great they are all of their lifes think that no rules apply to them...kick their butt to the curb, no place in socitiy for these actions much less a place on this team...sad story and dumb kids!

Cash writes:

bye bye boyz in da hood.

don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

idiots.

StroVol writes:

in response to gangrell84:

Kind of glad that Richardson didn't come to UF now. I doubt that Kiffin will cut them.

The DA's office will do the cutting. Not Kiffin idiot.

bigorangebolt writes:

If guilty, diismiss immediately! Coach K issue a statement detailing this is not what TN football is about! These kids will have a rough road, if they don't give their lives to the Lord.

Carlitovol writes:

I'm still in shock. I really thought it was a joke when I first heard it on the radio this a.m.

what a kick to the gut - this is just plain depressing.. it would really suck if it were a couple of backups, but 2 of these guys were obviously a huge part of the future of this program.

the irony is the headline just a few articles down.. "Jackson learns from mistake".. Or not.

uggghhhhhhhhhhh

P.S. I agree with the other posters - go ahead, schedule a press conference, and announce that they are off the football team IMMEDIATELY.

HollisPalmer61 writes:

Hi NuKeese, bye NuKeese...this is the first laugh Urban can have since Kiffin has been here.

dwight_schrute writes:

about 1 1/2 behind other news outlets.

TommyJack writes:

in response to hewwheel:

bye bye idiots, way to urinate all over your future

and all over the staff and teammates.

88volgrad writes:

The number of scholarships that can be offered each year is limited, no matter how many people get kicked off the team. This in no way makes room for more recruits.

Mr_Brownstone writes:

if true; you've got to cut them asap.

Bloodrunzorange writes:

This is a good chance for CLK to make a point! Show them the door and recruit two more! I hope the team gives this "the 24 hour rule" and it does not effect our game with Ole Mess! Go Vols and Go CLK!

beef4davols writes:

Of course this should have never happened, but ON CAMPUS??? How stupid are these guys??? "Look it's NUUUUUUUUUUUU'Kese and Jackson...why are they running?"

88volgrad writes:

in response to sticknmove15:

ok now all these people are going to look at kiffin so they can point fingers and call ut "thug U" or something. That's not even an area that a coach has any control over. This is a personal "I was raised crazy" issue. They'll be dismissed. This is crazy though. Who does that?

Really? Seems to me that it was always Fulmer's fault when a player was arrested.

rootin4volz writes:

IDIOTS!!! WTF are you THINKING! You had the freakin' WORLD at your doorstep and you just blew it. Nice.

StroVol writes:

I betcha Nuke won't fumble the soap.

MoralVictory writes:

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gangrell84 writes:

in response to StroVol:

The DA's office will do the cutting. Not Kiffin idiot.

I am sure somehow these guys will get off on probation, as most of these players get off.

ClevelandVol writes:

in response to gangrell84:

Kind of glad that Richardson didn't come to UF now. I doubt that Kiffin will cut them.

Like Pope Urbie would probably only suspend them for a half a game, and then the SEC and Slive would sign off on it. C'mon, you've not got a bunch of choirboys down in G'ville either.

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