Police videotaped stop of UT players in borrowed rental car

KNOXVILLE - An in-cruiser video camera captured the traffic stop of four University of Tennessee basketball players during which two guns and a bag of pot were found.

"The traffic stop was recorded," Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrel DeBusk said this morning.

DeBusk, however, declined to say what was on the recording. He also declined to say if the recording confirmed police accounts of the admissions of the players that they knew two 9 mm semiautomatic handguns were in the car and that at least one of them had tried to unload the firearms.

"We wouldn't release that, other than to say we do have the traffic stop on video," DeBusk said.

The videotape, he said, will be available to the public "when it is entered into evidence during the court proceedings."

Police have finished a check for fingerprints on the guns, DeBusk said. He wouldn't discuss the fingerprint results.

DeBusk declined this morning to say if the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has taken custody of the two weapons. The ATF was running traces on the guns to determine previous ownership and if the weapons had been reported stolen.

The ATF also has resources that could revive a serial number on the one firearm on which the manufacturer's numbers had been filed down.

"We wouldn't release that on any investigation and we're not treating this one any different," DeBusk said.

Police have yet to speak with a Knoxville mother and her daughter who provided a rental car to four University of Tennessee basketball players accused after a traffic stop on drug and weapons crimes.

"It's a matter of scheduling," Knoxville attorney T. Scott Jones said Wednesday. "I have not had time yet to set that up."

Jones was in court all day Wednesday but expects to contact an investigator with the Knoxville Police Department this morning to schedule an interview time for Teresa Dixon and her 26-year-old daughter, Niya Goins.

In other developments Wednesday, two of the accused players - Brian Williams and Cameron Tatum - retained lawyers. Williams will be represented by David Eldridge, who said he would launch his own investigation into the New Year's Day incident, and Tatum retained Wade Davies, who declined comment.

Tyler Smith is represented by Don Bosch. It's not clear if Melvin Goins has counsel.

Dixon on Dec. 29 rented a black 2010 Dodge Charger that was stopped at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 1 after being clocked doing 70 mph on eastbound Interstate 40 near the Alcoa Highway interchange.

Tatum was at the wheel, with Smith, Williams and Goins inside, police say.

Dixon's daughter is friends with Smith and loaned him the car, Jones said.

When police searched the car, they found a Smith & Wesson handgun and a Taurus handgun, loaded magazines for each, a bag of marijuana and an open container of alcohol, according to records.

Jones said both Dixon and Niya Goins deny any connection with the two 9 mm semiautomatic handguns.

Coach Bruce Pearl has indefinitely suspended the four players.

Jones said Dixon rented the car because her personal vehicle had mechanical problems and was being repaired. Dixon allowed her daughter to use the Charger, Jones said.

"Her daughter was utilizing the car, and she let somebody else use it," Jones said. Neither mother nor daughter are season ticket holders for UT sporting events, he said.

With Jones saying his clients have no connection to the weapons, that leaves only the four players' admission to police that they knew about the guns, and that at least one of them had tried to remove the magazines from each weapon.

None of the players, however, has claimed ownership of the weapons or the bag of marijuana found in a backpack that bore Williams' name.

The four players were charged with possessing weapons for the purpose of going armed.

Williams, 22, of Bronx, N.Y., and Smith, 23, of Pulaski, Tenn., who were sitting near where the Taurus handgun was found, also were charged with possessing an item with an altered serial number. The Taurus' serial number had been filed down.

All the state charges are misdemeanor offenses.

Although Dixon didn't specifically give permission for her daughter to loan the Charger to Smith, Jones said Dixon knew Smith "as a fine young man" and would not have objected to letting him drive the rental car.

Niya Goins is not related to Melvin Goins, Jones said. She does not attend UT.

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trooper4prezz writes:

Seriously I'm so tired of hearing about this. Can we get some articles on recruiting? NSD is less then a month away and this NSD is very critical to our football team...

Orangeblood13 writes:

for real

Make the punishment fit the crime and let's move forward Vol Nation

HHUUMMBBLLEE writes:

Video.....Video.....#&!@

kyvolunteer writes:

Please isn't there anything else going on in the world of UT sports?????????

JoeVols writes:

We can do without Mushmouth, Dumb Donald, Weird Harold, and Rudy.

VOLPhan writes:

in response to Alvito:

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Oooo Alvito, your jokes are almost as informative as this article... Come up with those on your own did ya???

chad_t31 writes:

another useless article. Go ahead, slam me jack like u did a previous poster who made the same comment. You told him that not everyone has heard the story and details. I've got news for u, no one new comes to this site. If they do, they know the story by now. Makes me long for the days of the tebow articles.

RussellP (Inactive) writes:

Jeeze, I hate to jump on the bandwagon, and I am well aware of 2nd and 3rd and even 4th day folowups, but this is getting ridiculous. KNS, layoff, willya? There is such a thing as reporting, and then there is such a thing as filling column inches.

txvolsfan writes:

How many respins must we endure of the same article!!!

chad_t31 writes:

in response to Alvito:

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Wow. Anyone who would even come up with a joke like that has obvious mental issues. Maybe you'll have a child someday.

Rockygrass writes:

in response to Alvito:

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The one that points the finger is usually the perpetrator. Dude thats really not funny. I'm sure you don't have kids, and if you do they probably hate you.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to RussellP:

Jeeze, I hate to jump on the bandwagon, and I am well aware of 2nd and 3rd and even 4th day folowups, but this is getting ridiculous. KNS, layoff, willya? There is such a thing as reporting, and then there is such a thing as filling column inches.

I can see what WDr was talking about now. Of course the officer was recording the stop.
Just let us know when they release who's fingerprints were on the gun or who gets the charges dropped.

NeylandWest writes:

in response to Alvito:

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You're a sick person. How can you find any humor in that?

rab63 writes:

"Department spokesman"....is this really a title or a joke. " Debusk however; declined to say"..."he also declined to say"..."we wouldn't release that"..."he wouldn't discuss the fingerprint results"..."Debusk declined to say if ATF had taken possession of the firearms"...

Rockygrass writes:

in response to Alvito:

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Just another stupid bama fan on here. Normally I would pull for any SEC team in the NatChampionship, but not bama.

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to RockyTopRenegade:

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amen renegade.

this is the last time i view this story. KNS needs to focus on the 9 or so players left who made the right choice. why not write about some of the names on the court that vol fans never heard of? bone.....hall....

how bout a story praising this NEW young team that plays their guts out.....the NEW young team that has so much heart you can hear beating in chattanooga.....the players that respond when a coach grabs them by the jersey and screams at them.....

this is the story.

PureOrange writes:

Does the KNS keep writing these articles in an attempt to make sure any and all recruits are reminded of it as they come to Knoxville?

We know about the arrest. We are tired of hearing about it. When you have news which puts the final lid on this story, write it. Until then, give us news we can use about our players who are playing and the ones who are interested in playing for UT.

Highlander10 writes:

I registered to this site just so I could ask,"Is it plausible that these kids were set up"? What I do know is that you cannot trust the Knoxville City Police Dept. They make their own rules and live in their own world,and if you are not part of the local government,you are subject to their whims.

SonThe7th (Inactive) writes:

Of course they wont release the video, it makes the cops look bad and exposes them as liars.. Im bettin its a racist , namecallin, accusations flyin, bunch of 'cowboy' drama.. Look, these may be choirboy cops, but anyone whos ever dealt with Knoxvilles finest know, they just are not 'nice' guys, wanting to serve the 'citizens', but usually are threatening, obnoxious bullys.. But hey, we will never know will we, guess the stop videos are only made public when they benifit the cops..

Healeystyle writes:

Totally agree with you Field. This is a team we haven't seen since we were in Memphis 2 years ago. Absolutely loved the effort and heart that they left at the Tommy Bowl. We looked like a team, not a bunch of guys trying to get one player into the NBA. With Tyler not the main focus, Wayne and Scotty got to step into the lead roles and everyone else responded beautifully. I didn't know JP had leadership skills in him, but he showed them off last night. Renaldo got a chance to play, not just log minutes, but play the way he feels comfortable. Great effort all the way around fellas, way to respond.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to rab63:

"Department spokesman"....is this really a title or a joke. " Debusk however; declined to say"..."he also declined to say"..."we wouldn't release that"..."he wouldn't discuss the fingerprint results"..."Debusk declined to say if ATF had taken possession of the firearms"...

Most of these statements refer to matters of fact and law which, even in our I-want-it-now tabloid society, are not necessarily things any responsible investigating authority would release in advance of a trial. If DeBusk made an official statement about some of these things that later turned out to be in error, that could be grounds for dismissing any case the authorities might want to bring. Even announcing some of them unofficially could well be construed as prejudicing the case by a judge.

1supervol writes:

The team and Coach Pearl didn't seem to miss the suspended players last night against UNCC, a fairly good team. Maybe they (the suspended players) were a distraction, who knows. Go Vols, and after Colgate playing Kansas tough, MAYBE!!!

Willis writes:

I'd bet the farm that they will be wearing clothes that are 3 sizes to big. I cannot wait to see this.

veinsoforange writes:

in response to RockyTopRenegade:

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I love your comment Rocky. You are right.

Same ole story from KNS. If it's negative publicity about UT, keep it alive!!! Air it out as long as you can.

cdldoc#211897 writes:

Does any one know why the cops are stalling on their interview of the girl?

sandiegovolunteer writes:

Hey- I wish they would tell us more about the car- like what color it is and make and model. It would be really awesome if they could get some photos of the car too!!

tigerfan writes:

Sounds like UT needs to get a grip on their athletes up there in Knoxville. Football and basketball players constantly in trouble. And they call Memphis players thugs. hahahaha GO TIGERS !!

tigerfan writes:

in response to sandiegovolunteer:

Hey- I wish they would tell us more about the car- like what color it is and make and model. It would be really awesome if they could get some photos of the car too!!

You're kidding, right? There's a picture posted in this article.

RuRoh writes:

I can't place all the blame on UT...what made these young men thing that any of this was a good idea? Who are their roll-models? Why do we see so many young minority men fall into this same trap. It's almost like it is required of them at some point to have a serious run-in with the law. Very sad indeed. Prayers up for them...I hope they get their lives in order.

rk40977#297843 writes:

in response to cdldoc#211897:

Does any one know why the cops are stalling on their interview of the girl?

The girl's lawyer appears to be doing the stalling.

bill#1374014 writes:

After their close win over Cornell, Kansas will come in here on a mission. Vols have no one who can guard Collins. Kansas 79-65.

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to JoeVols:

We can do without Mushmouth, Dumb Donald, Weird Harold, and Rudy.

Heyba Joe!

roloyo writes:

That has got to be a funny azz video, with those 4 clowns all shruggin' their shoulders and pointin' at each other.
GBO

sectionOMan writes:

Has KNS done any background checks on the four thugs? Have any of these future absentee fathers been arrested before? How about some digging guys?

hallsguy writes:

Is this girl the mother of Tyler's child.He does have one,right.

rockytopatl writes:

If you don't want to read the stories on the arrests, don't read the stories on the arrests. Some of us like coming back for new developments. And to me, the biggest news in this story is that Smith is being represented by Don Bosch. And since nobody cares about this story anymore, they also don't care about why Bosch is relevant.

And besides, this story was written by news reporters, so no sports writers were taken away from writing about recruiting or the Lady Vols or Phil Fulmer's job search or anything else you might care about.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to cdldoc#211897:

Does any one know why the cops are stalling on their interview of the girl?

She hasn't been charged with anything. Her attorney has already said she will be made available for an interview. The guys don't even make their initial appearance in court until next week sometime. There is plenty of time to get this worked out without resorting to a "perp-walk".

scvols writes:

Where is the video??? What a waste of time.

gwills228#231210 writes:

i think what coach pearl should do with the 4 idiots is not let them play against kansas,drug tests weekly,and 10:00 pm curfew.

TnScooby writes:

in response to A_VOICE_RETURNS:

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Trolls like you make me sick...You are the BIGGEST idiot on here...That includes ALL the ignorant trolls that post here...Speaking of STFU, YOU NEED TO....STOP claiming to be a Vol fan...You are just another TROLL!!!!! There are autistic house flies with more intelligence than you but you continue to post your ignorance for all to see...just STFU and GO AWAY!!!!!!

wildcatbasketball writes:

in response to 1supervol:

The team and Coach Pearl didn't seem to miss the suspended players last night against UNCC, a fairly good team. Maybe they (the suspended players) were a distraction, who knows. Go Vols, and after Colgate playing Kansas tough, MAYBE!!!

Supervol.....Kansas played CORNING last night not Colgate....

NobodyCares (Inactive) writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

Supervol.....Kansas played CORNING last night not Colgate....

Actually, it was Cornell University. But don't let facts get in the way of your mindless rant.

BTW, enjoy your UK victories. They'll probably all disappear in a year or two.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to marc_ash#231781:

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That is my question exactly because all I heard about was how great this coach was!! He has shown me NOTHING!!!

scott_m99 writes:

that's not breaking news...that's common sense

SutherlandAve writes:

in response to ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog:

That is my question exactly because all I heard about was how great this coach was!! He has shown me NOTHING!!!

Shown you nothing?

Season 1: Defeats UK at a Rupp Arena. Defeats Florida at home and away.

Season 2: Defeats defending National Champions Florida. Ties Vandy for the SEC East Championship. Loses to #1 Ohio State in the Sweet 16 by one point.

Season 3: Defeats #1 Memphis (first loss of the season, 47-game home win streak) becomes #1 in the NCAA. Defeats Florida to win the SEC Championship. Advances to back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances. 31 victories, most in UT bball history.

Season 4: December 3, 2008, marked a significant date for Pearl as he was able to win his 400th game by defeating UNC-Asheville. In doing so, Pearl became the 6th-fastest basketball coach to ever reach the 400 mark and 2nd-fastest among active head coaches (behind Roy Williams).

On April 2, 2009 a report from a Memphis news station reported that the University of Memphis was preparing to offer Pearl a 7-year, $21 million contract to become their next head coach, days after John Calipari left the school to become the head coach at UK. However, later that night, UT announced that they and Pearl just agreed to a six-year extension for Pearl to stay with the university. "It's great to be a Tennessee Vol!", proclaimed Pearl.

This year: 10-2, losses against #4 Purdue and Southern Cal.

Ah, gotta love putting fools in their place.

Liberal_Vol writes:

Tyler Smith having Don Bosch as attorney. Hmmm, same guy Jantzen Jackson had - UT Athletics goto attorney. Wonder if this means something....

Jackson was best player by far in that crew. Isn't Smith best player in this crew? If so, protecting your investment or picking the least guilty? Don't know....what do you think?

SutherlandAve writes:

in response to SutherlandAve:

Shown you nothing?

Season 1: Defeats UK at a Rupp Arena. Defeats Florida at home and away.

Season 2: Defeats defending National Champions Florida. Ties Vandy for the SEC East Championship. Loses to #1 Ohio State in the Sweet 16 by one point.

Season 3: Defeats #1 Memphis (first loss of the season, 47-game home win streak) becomes #1 in the NCAA. Defeats Florida to win the SEC Championship. Advances to back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances. 31 victories, most in UT bball history.

Season 4: December 3, 2008, marked a significant date for Pearl as he was able to win his 400th game by defeating UNC-Asheville. In doing so, Pearl became the 6th-fastest basketball coach to ever reach the 400 mark and 2nd-fastest among active head coaches (behind Roy Williams).

On April 2, 2009 a report from a Memphis news station reported that the University of Memphis was preparing to offer Pearl a 7-year, $21 million contract to become their next head coach, days after John Calipari left the school to become the head coach at UK. However, later that night, UT announced that they and Pearl just agreed to a six-year extension for Pearl to stay with the university. "It's great to be a Tennessee Vol!", proclaimed Pearl.

This year: 10-2, losses against #4 Purdue and Southern Cal.

Ah, gotta love putting fools in their place.

make that 13-2 lol

rockytopatl writes:

in response to Liberal_Vol:

Tyler Smith having Don Bosch as attorney. Hmmm, same guy Jantzen Jackson had - UT Athletics goto attorney. Wonder if this means something....

Jackson was best player by far in that crew. Isn't Smith best player in this crew? If so, protecting your investment or picking the least guilty? Don't know....what do you think?

I think you're on to something....

garrthom writes:

So what we get from this is the video taped it. The rest of the column is "No Comment"

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to RockyTopRenegade:

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They are not digging.They are doing what they are paid to do,reporting the facts as the facts are reported to them.Get a life and quit your whinning.

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