Status of three UT football players arrested on hold

Kiffin says 'We’ll deal with the three situations coming up'

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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The futures of a trio of University of Tennessee football players were in the air Thursday as they faced charges that could send them to prison and Vols head coach Lane Kiffin said their status as players was on hold.

Janzen Jackson, Mike Edwards and Nu’Keese Richardson, all 18, were arrested following an alleged armed robbery attempt on Cumberland Avenue, according to the Knoxville Police Department. A female acquaintance and fellow UT student, 22-year-old Marie Montmarquet, also was arrested.

As of late Thursday, all but Richardson had been freed from jail pending Nov. 20 appearances in Knox County General Sessions Court.

“We’ll deal with the three situations coming up,” Kiffin said. “But until we have all the information, I can’t comment any further on it. … We’re gathering all the information, so we don’t know exactly what happened.

“Unfortunately there was an incident. We made it 11 months and 11 days without any. But we’ll deal with this as information comes in.”

Jackson’s bond had initially been set at $15,000, but he was released on his own recognizance Thursday afternoon, according to attorney Don Bosch.

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

Montmarquet’s attorney, Gregory P. Isaacs, also issued a statement Thursday.

“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,” he said.

It wasn’t clear if Edwards and Richardson had attorneys. Edwards and Montmarquet were freed on bond Thursday, but Richardson remained jailed in lieu of $19,500 bond, according to a jail official.

UT athletic director Mike Hamilton also released a statement about the episode, saying that university officials are looking into the incident.

“Any decisions or comments regarding their status will not be made until the evaluations are complete,” Hamilton said.

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 hooded sweatshirts.

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 then opened the passenger door of the Hyundai and reiterated to the trio, “Give us everything you’ve got,” DeBusk said.

The suspects then got into a 2010 Toyota Prius, which drove away from the scene, DeBusk said. The Prius was stopped a short time later by officers on Neyland Drive after it had been seen near Gibbs Halls.

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

A search of the Prius revealed an air-powered pellet pistol under the rear seat. Two black hooded sweatshirts were seen in plain view in the backseat, DeBusk said.

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

All three men were charged with attempted armed aggravated robbery.

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 also 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 three counts of attempted aggravated robbery, she also was charged with simple drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both Richardson and Jackson were coming off a week in which they faced discipline from 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.

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LadyVolsEighTimes writes:

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chrisw2967 writes:

If Jackson was released on his own recognizance then they must not have anything on him.No bail usually equals no jail.
I guess we will know soon enough these kids fate.
But either way beat Ole Sis.

sidwalkvol writes:

what was really odd in all this terrible ordeal was seeing the KNS headlines as the story unfolded. There below one headline about the arrests was the article about Jackson learning from his mistakes, and in another section, just below a separate article about the arrests was JA's article about "character" winning over the fans.

In fact the latter is true, and I hope that 11 months and 11 days is the shortest period between "incidents" during this regime.

What a tragedy at so many levels.

AceVentura writes:

If Jackson is not guilty he should not be suspended. Well maybe a couple of games. But if he had no idea of what was going on, the report is that he was inside the store while all of this took place. Then when he came out he told the two idiots they needed to leave. If all that is true he should not be kicked off the team. And if he remains on the team this young man really needs to get his act together. He's a college student now, no more thuggery like in high school.

redneckerson writes:

in response to orangeluvr:

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It depends on how good and/or how well-connected his lawyer is. Heck, Nuke could probably skate if he could afford the right lawyer.

GerryOP writes:

For these three guys, the "T" on the helmet stands for 'Tupid.

TooLegit2Quit writes:

I wonder what really happened here? Sounds like a drug deal gone wrong.

IBleedOrange444 writes:

in response to AceVentura:

If Jackson is not guilty he should not be suspended. Well maybe a couple of games. But if he had no idea of what was going on, the report is that he was inside the store while all of this took place. Then when he came out he told the two idiots they needed to leave. If all that is true he should not be kicked off the team. And if he remains on the team this young man really needs to get his act together. He's a college student now, no more thuggery like in high school.

I hope that is what happened. Maybe he didn't see the bb gun and just thought they were messing with some dorky looking white boys for the heck of it. That is the story I'd be selling if I was him anyway! I wish Edwards wasn't sporting the UT athletic gear when the news cameras arrived - total black eye for the program. I think Jackson should be suspended for the year regardless. The other two are done and likely on their way to do some jail time.

chrisw2967 writes:

I read on facebook where the charges were going to be dropped against Jackson.

DennisVols writes:

What will be interesting to see is what the survalience camer shows happened. All those convient/gas stations have them inside and out and I am betting that the whole ordeal was caught on tape.
Keeping it Real
Go Vols!!!

BigVolFaninSC writes:

Maybe Jackson was in the wrong place at the wrong time! (Still NOT good!) But, I would say that Richardson and Edwards have probably seen their last days at UT! If Jackson was not involved, he probably still needs to miss some games for being in a suspicious situation! What were they doing out at that time anyway? Maybe I'm too old school, but like my Dad use to tell me, "Not too much good happens between midnight and sunrise!" What a waste if these allegations are true! Make a quick decision Kiffin!

thaclaw writes:

THIS IS A GREAT ARTCILE, ALL THE WAY TO THE END----AWESOME INSIDE LOOK!!!

http://www.volnation.com/blog/2009-11...
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LadyVolsEighTimes writes:

in response to BigVolFaninSC:

Maybe Jackson was in the wrong place at the wrong time! (Still NOT good!) But, I would say that Richardson and Edwards have probably seen their last days at UT! If Jackson was not involved, he probably still needs to miss some games for being in a suspicious situation! What were they doing out at that time anyway? Maybe I'm too old school, but like my Dad use to tell me, "Not too much good happens between midnight and sunrise!" What a waste if these allegations are true! Make a quick decision Kiffin!

Big Vol,,,Amen.

A few years back we had an employee that was 19 years old. HE did drugs, actually had four women pregger at the same time.

But as wild as he was he made the this statement, "Anytime I was out after midnight I was getting into things that often got me in trouble.

He stated, anyone that is 18 years old or younger, is only going to get into stupid things. It is rare that a person does great things for themself or family after midnight."

bentleytiger writes:

Wow.. Another set of upstanding student-athletes from ut coxville.. And you people talk about Memphis.. Maybe they had guns on the field saturday as well..lol

mlsoft#228820 writes:

I do wish that KNS would stop "updating" the article by changing one or two words and re-posting it. I have had to read this article 3 or 4 times, with most of it just wasted time trying to find the "updated" part.

mlsoft

99PairsOfJortsOnTheWall writes:

in response to bentleytiger:

Wow.. Another set of upstanding student-athletes from ut coxville.. And you people talk about Memphis.. Maybe they had guns on the field saturday as well..lol

don't be sore cuz you got slapped like a trick (under coach calamari) (saturday) (today) (in this post).

VoL4LiFe86 writes:

in response to orangeluvr:

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Man I hope so! It actually looks pretty good considering he got to leave tonight. He is a great player and this might sound wrong but I really hope he skates! I don't care if they suspend him the rest of the year. Hope we don't lose him.

TPIVAUGHN writes:

Wake up people. The university and coaches will do the right thing. Were taking about young men no boy's lives, real men don't make stupid spoiled childish decisions. This is a sad thing for all involved. Support the team the school not bull dung blogs and our own schools dumb fans. Take the high road and support this university, it has shown us it will have a strong and proud fan base. UT, I'm behind you and happy about this team and coaching staff, This team needs and will get the best help from this great coaching staff, were lucky to have these men teaching future Tennesseans. Feel for the parents of these young men. There sons were set and over night what the hell. Go Vol's

seofeed writes:

KNS, please add Update 1:, Update 2:, etc.. with the new information on articles. Posting in this article so it gets noticed. Check this article at TechCrunch (largest tech blog online) for a great way to do updates to stories: http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/10/31/...

dbc5361 writes:

Hopefully some of you jock riders learned a lesson. Support the Orange, not the individual.
http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2009/m...
The Teenager boy crush was sickening in this article.

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

in response to BamaBeacher:

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Of all the posts I've ever seen anywhere, this has to be the dumbest one in history. When you consider the source, the post becomes clear.

That said, IF this is true - IF - then this has to be one of the worst decisions ever made by a U.T. athelete. You've been given a free education, you have the opportunity to play on the greatest stage in college football and you have to do something like this for excitement?

What's wrong with that picture?

teampenny#658108 writes:

I believe LK should be handling this better. Agree, all colleges have this problem-but how you handle these issues matter. All should be suspended until facts can be sorted out. Maybe LK will learn it is not wise to throw rocks when you live in a glass house, but not likely. If all publicity is good we are getting a bucket full. Most talked about and best 5 & 4 team.

PMC2726 writes:

Waawwaa woowaa. Early bird gets the worm. First!

All 3 gotta go. It's a no-brainer. Getting rid of these guys will set the tone for Kiffin's entire tenure at UT. Buck up or get out. Champions aren't thugs.

Kiffin_fan writes:

in response to g8rgal:

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You just did!!!

PMC2726 writes:

Dammit. Second!

Tgordon writes:

As I said just take Ole Miss and the -6 money in the bank ;)

HallowedHill writes:

in response to g8rgal:

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You are an joke through and through. It sounds like you don't even watch football. News flash for the clueless chick, July 9, 2009... South Carolina reports 14 violations (9 football / 5 basketball) in a 6 month period of time. Ohio State has reported 375 secondary violations since 2000.
http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/...

In 11 months, Kiffin had 5. I guess you forgot about Zook and the Frat fight. What a loser! Take your lame butte back to the swamp.

Who even told you about the internet?!

Madkels writes:

in response to chrisw2967:

I read on facebook where the charges were going to be dropped against Jackson.

And that's a reliable source?

Madkels writes:

in response to g8rgal:

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And UF's players are bunch of choir boyz?

HallowedHill writes:

in response to g8rgal:

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If this were Florida, we would just suspend them for a half against Vandy and be done with it. Of course, they would be allowed to extend their punishment to the second half but that would be optional.
I guess Meyer, king of NCAA arrests, is licking his Oscar Meyer loving lips at a chance to enlist anyone who's charges stick.
You wouldn't have to mention 'character' and 'integrity' in the same sentance as 'Lane Kiffin' because they are synonymous. On the other hand, no one ever confused these adjectives with Urban Meyer.

knoxvegan writes:

"“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,” he said."

She had no knowledge of the marijuana in her own coat or the grinder in the glove compartment that she says is hers? They might want to work on that defense a little.

seaplane#216536 writes:

Too bad the attention has to be on this situation and not the Ole Miss game.
One question: Does the University pay for their way home?

KennesawVol writes:

LK can't do anything to these guys until Hamilton says he can. The school has rules they go by on matters such as this, and, my hunch is, if LK had his way, they'd have already been suspended or kicked oof the team.

CRFVols writes:

These young fellas are lucky they didn't point a gun at someone like me who always carries a gun and has/will use it.

IF Jackson had no prior knowledge and was against all this....maybe he should be provided some serious obstacles to overcome the rest of the season....physical as well as academic and social things...and only then, if he does well be allowed to play next year. And then given the ultimatum that if he so much as misses a team meeting he's gone.

beachvol1 writes:

This Bamabeacher poster is an idiot....attention....you got the mentality of a primate monkey....Unfortunately, they all have to go...like a bad disease, will spread if not removed...send them packing...let someone else deal with the problems...Kiffin has enough on his hands rebuilding this team without distractions such as this...Jackson, you had your chance and blew it, the other two need to go home after their jail time and think about what kind of future they could have had and how it feels standing on the street corner, looking for a handout now....no pity here....Go Vols

miggy writes:

in response to listentothemusic:

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You know, it's usually the ones who tout their "abilites" or "would do-if's" that end up being the ones to either 1) wimp out, or 2) do something stupid and escalate a situation into something disasterous.
Can it, would you? No one cares about your bravado.
If someone walked up on you from your blind spot with a weapon pointed in your face, I doubt you'd be stupid enough to try and pull on them and risk getting shot. You might wait until they walk away, though. I'll give you that much.
Then again, I'm probably giving you too much credit. Do the rest of the carry permit holders in Knox and surrounding areas a favor: shut up; you're not helping the collective image.
As far as these little miscreants go, I think Coach Kiffin is doing exactly what he should right now. Rash descisions rarely end well (and I base this entirely on a hunch about my memory of our history as a nation). Just as he said he's doing, he should await more information as to what happened that night. I'm not saying they're innocent, but our "innocent until proven guilty" justice system seems to have gone out the window. Let's see what else comes up before we fetch our ropes and pitchforks, people.

Good day.

OakRidgerX writes:

How many more does UT have? How are the campus administrators keeping other students safe while allowing gang-banging thugs onto campus with full scholarships? 42 states allow juvenile records with violent and repeat/offender crimes to be opened by institutions such as UT, but TN doesn't. No wonder all the thugs have a free ride to TN and quality athletes/students go elsewhere away from this thug mentality institution. What a shame that someone may be killed by a doctor from UT and criminal records are checked for them, but having a criminal act committed against you by a VOL nobody in administration cares.

I would love to hear the people explain this away as a parent problem or they have rights; they have an obligation to follow the laws, and since they didn't get that before becoming 18 Knoxville residents may die. What a joke to think 18 is the age of accountability for someone else's life.

BigBoyKnox writes:

What's up.....a Prius robbing a Hyundai? What has this world come to?

snorider writes:

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ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

in response to g8rgal:

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You forgot to add Urban Meyer to your list

leprechaun writes:

Kiffin's lackadaisical, lack-of-discipline style has caught up to him sooner than I thought it would.

All one has to do is go back and look at the Raiders and USC thugs to see what's going to happen to the Vols.

I only thought that it would take a couple of years.

dkta writes:

Is football so important that there is no background check for a player being recruited. Looks like Kiffen is picking up where Fulmer left off. I don't think a criminal should be granted a Scholarship. It may be the time to tell the Athletic Director it's time for you to take a walk.

informedintennessee writes:

in response to leprechaun:

Kiffin's lackadaisical, lack-of-discipline style has caught up to him sooner than I thought it would.

All one has to do is go back and look at the Raiders and USC thugs to see what's going to happen to the Vols.

I only thought that it would take a couple of years.

I love reading the posts of the idiots that know nothing about our program. You morons just log in to our websites because yours are so pathetic. Go back to your closet and leave the rest of us alone.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to AceVentura:

If Jackson is not guilty he should not be suspended. Well maybe a couple of games. But if he had no idea of what was going on, the report is that he was inside the store while all of this took place. Then when he came out he told the two idiots they needed to leave. If all that is true he should not be kicked off the team. And if he remains on the team this young man really needs to get his act together. He's a college student now, no more thuggery like in high school.

I totally agree with you except on one thing..Jackson should be suspended for the rest of the regular season plus the bowl game.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to IBleedOrange444:

I hope that is what happened. Maybe he didn't see the bb gun and just thought they were messing with some dorky looking white boys for the heck of it. That is the story I'd be selling if I was him anyway! I wish Edwards wasn't sporting the UT athletic gear when the news cameras arrived - total black eye for the program. I think Jackson should be suspended for the year regardless. The other two are done and likely on their way to do some jail time.

I agree with you but I defintely think that we haven't heard all of the details..Something fishy is going on here...I can't put my finger on it...Maybe I'm just over-thinking it....Anyway, let's beat Ole Miss and forget about this, at least for the game.

atlkevin writes:

Lane has made a serious strategic error in delaying action on these thugs. With each passing day, he's increasingly losing credibility.

The atheltes will not respect him and, as such, we'll continue to see this kind of behavior during Lane's tenure.

troll_61 writes:

Coach Kiffen needs to give those young men a serious talking to, and they need to be suspended for the firt half of the Vandy game.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to bentleytiger:

Wow.. Another set of upstanding student-athletes from ut coxville.. And you people talk about Memphis.. Maybe they had guns on the field saturday as well..lol

Every school has their share of "incidents"....Anyway, This is really none of your business...BTW..Who is your team??? Are they perfect??.................That's what I thought!!!

From what I have heard, this stuff happens ALL the time in Memphis, so DON'T you dare compare the two.

ctownvol writes:

in response to scknowsit:

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Well if there's something you should be an expert on it's fools, idiots, and retards. Lord knows that's exactly what you see in the mirror first thing every morning.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to VoL4LiFe86:

Man I hope so! It actually looks pretty good considering he got to leave tonight. He is a great player and this might sound wrong but I really hope he skates! I don't care if they suspend him the rest of the year. Hope we don't lose him.

I like him too!!! But he still should be punished, like missing the rest of reg.season games plus the bowl game..Then go from there...He needs a mentor or something.

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