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Knoxville Police Department Officer Robert Capouellez

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Knoxville Police Department Officer Robert Capouellez

Bar Knoxville  on Cumberland Avenue in Knoxville. The bar is on the edge of the University of Tennessee Campus in a part of Cumberland Avenue called 'The Strip.'

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Bar Knoxville on Cumberland Avenue in Knoxville. The bar is on the edge of the University of Tennessee Campus in a part of Cumberland Avenue called "The Strip."

Da'Rick Rogers signs with UT

Bar Knoxville co-owner Sandy Morton offered her eyewitness account of the event to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

If you have cell phone photos or videos of the arrests at the Bar Knoxville, email them to news@knoxnews.com

KNOXVILLE - A brawl that led to the arrests of two University of Tennessee football players began when "an unknown patron" of a Cumberland Avenue bar attacked freshman defensive tackle Montori Hughes "without provocation," Hughes' attorney said this afternoon.

Gregory P. Isaacs, who was retained today to represent Hughes, said that his client hasn't been interviewed or charged by law enforcement in connection with the fight that sent two people to a hospital, including an off-duty Knoxville police officer.

"Our investigation has revealed that the UT football players did not start the altercation at the establishment," Isaacs said. "Importantly, Montori Hughes was assaulted by an unknown patron for no apparent reason, which was the catalyst of the altercation."

Isaacs said he didn't believe that any criminal charges will be filed against Hughes, 19. He also said that his firm's investigation "revealed there is no surveillance video existing of the events that transpired."

Tonight, coach Derek Dooley announced he was dismissing sophomore safety Darren Myles from the program. Dooley also indefinitely suspended sophomore defensive tackle Marlon Walls and sophomore linebacker Greg King.

The injured officer, Robert Capouellez, has been moved to a private room at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and is listed in stable condition, according to DeBusk.

DeBusk also identified a man who was assaulted inside the bar as Gary Russell, 20. Russell was treated and released from UT Medical Center, according to a spokesman.

It's unclear if Russell is the "unknown patron" that Hughes' attorney said started the fight.

The two arrested players were released from jail this morning after posting bonds.

According to UT Police Department reports, players John Brown, 22; Matthew Milton, 18; Denarious Moore, 21; Darren Myles Jr., 19; and Da'Rick Rogers, 19, were identified as those involved in beating the off-duty Knoxville Police Department officer.

A UTPD report filed shortly after the incident said that assault charges were pending against Milton, but DeBusk said this afternoon that it appears Milton won't be charged.

Moore is a senior wide receiver out of Tatum, Texas. Hughes is a sophomore defensive tackle out of Murfreesboro.

Brown is a junior-college transfer who was expected to provide some depth for the defensive line. The 6-2, 285-pounder out of Northeast Mississippi Community College originally signed with Florida but had various health concerns that helped prompt his transfer away from the Gators.

Rogers is a 6-foot-3, 205 pound receiver out of Georgia. He is a five-star wide receiver from Calhoun (Ga.) High School. He was widely considered the crown jewel of football coach Derek Dooley's first recruiting class with the Vols last spring after Dooley pried him away from Georgia.

Rogers was ranked the top recruit in the talent-rich state and among the top 100 prospects in the country. He wasn't an early-enrollee and missed spring practice, but after showing up last month for summer school he was expected to contribute right away in the UT passing game thanks to his blend of size and speed.

Like Rogers, Milton is another true freshman UT could use immediately at wide receiver to bolster the passing attack. The tall, 6-5 target had an impressive spring after enrolling in school early and showed an ability to make plays through the air despite some raw talent out of Mascoutah (Ill.) High School.

None of the players has been charged in connection with beating officer Robert Capouellez, who was found unconscious about 1:50 a.m. with a head wound in the street outside the Bar Knoxville, 1820 Cumberland Ave.

Another man, identified in records as Jerran Talley, 19, of Athens, allegedly was with the group involved in the beating. Talley is not a UT student and has not been charged.

Capouellez was a customer in the bar who apparently tried to help quell the disturbance as bouncers led the disruptive crowd from the bar.

"It appears he was a patron, not in uniform and off duty," DeBusk said.

Capouellez was undergoing treatment at the University of Tennessee for a head wound, DeBusk said. The 24-year-old officer has been with KPD since August 2008.

A UT Medical Center spokesman said Capouellez was in stable condition in the emergency room.

Police have charged UT freshman Rogers with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, DeBusk said.

Myles, a sophomore, was charged with assault, resisting arrest and evading arrest, records show. He was released after posing a $2,000 bond.

Myles is accused of assaulting UT Police Department Officer Brian Greenlee after the officer arrived at 2:04 a.m. to help Capouellez.

Greenlee's affidavit states he was directed by bar bouncers to a group of people "involved in a fight with the officer." Greenlee said after he identified himself as an officer to the group, Myles "fled from me on foot southbound towards Lake Avenue," the records state.

Greenlee caught up with Myles on Lake Avenue and tried to arrest him, records show.

"The defendant (Myles) slipped out of my grip and struck me in the face on my left side," Greenlee wrote. Myles continued to resist, the officer noted, and ran toward Cumberland Avenue.

According to UTPD records, Greenlee was trying to put Myles in a restraint hold for handcuffing when Myles' continued resistance led him to smash his elbow into the officer's face just below his left eye. Greenlee did not require medical treatment.

UTPD Officer Christopher McCann stated in a report that he joined the hunt for the running Myles, who was found hiding under a parked BMW behind the old Days Inn building. When ordered to come out, Myles did but ran toward Lake Avenue.

McCann and KPD Sgt. Jason Keck continued the foot chase as Myles ran behind the Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy building and then by Greve Hall and Henson Hall. The officers found Myles hiding in bushes at Henson Hall, McCann wrote.

Myles had an encounter in April with Knoxville police just hours after the Orange and White game. He was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after a 2:29 a.m. incident at Sobu, 6213 Kingston Pike. Club bouncers had removed Myles from the business, but he continued causing problems in the parking lot.

Myles was riding on the hood of a car when officers arrived, police said. Officers said he fought them when he was arrested, but no officers were injured. Myles is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 12 on those charges.

Knoxville police spokesman DeBusk said the brawl began when the beaten patron was involved in an altercation with another customer "when several additional patrons jumped into the fight."

"Employees of the bar intervened and pushed the fight outside onto the sidewalk. Officer Capouellez intervened in an attempt to stop the fight when he was attacked.

"According to witnesses, the officer was hit in the head and knocked to the ground. Once on the ground the suspect kicked the officer several times before fleeing the scene. Six individuals were identified as potential suspects. These individuals were located and detained for questioning."

DeBusk said "there could be additional charges as the investigation continues."

DeBusk said police alerted Dooley, who is out of town, of the incident this morning.

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

News Sentinel sports writer Austin Ward contributed to this story.

News Sentinel sports writer Austin Ward contributed to this story.

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drone#208075 writes:

Welcome to the jungle Mr. Lott.

cphil writes:

It's sad when the Chattanooga news media has more details than any of the Knoxville outlets when the incident happened here.

derkum writes:

cphill, Wes Rucker was on the strip last night. That's how he got the scoop.

mcgink2 writes:

something just doesn't sound right with this story...7 guys just jumped "one gentlemen"...and "it was our first fight, and will be our last"... what are they going to do, close their doors? this bar-owner seems very defensive about how the bar operates and paints a picture that this group just beat this guy up unprovoked...

i may be completely wrong, but i would be cautious before making any judgements about the players involved. granted, the basic issue still exists of why in world do these guys put themselves in these situations to begin with

chrisw2967 writes:

on the video we know one looks like D.Moore and maybe Hughes it was hard to see on tv from all the lights

orangepaws writes:

I hate comin' to work and checkin' my computer and findin' stuff like this...I understand young people and fun and all that...but WHY be out at that time of night/morning? Drink some beer and go to bed at 10:30 and DON'T GET INTO FIGHTS! Can you even be a good football player if you don't have that much sense? GO CDD and TENNESSEE!! *disgusted*

ravensearay writes:

First really big discipline test for CDD.

orangebob writes:

VIP.......Vol In Prison

trollhair writes:

Kick them off the team. It is clearly they can't play well with others. Knock that 'attitude' right out of them.

Bogus writes:

This team always just takes one step forward, two steps back. Dang it.

d_ray writes:

How many Vol football players does it take to beat up one man? Apparently 7 to 10. (the strength and conditioning coach has a lot of work to do)

Now comes the loss of scholarships, civil lawsuits, and total embarrassment to the new coach. If you mix alcohol and that much testosterone you are going to have trouble. If the bar owner's statement is true, I hope the players get everything they deserve. I hope the one guy in the bar and the off duty officer who was kicked unconscious, have no permanent injuries. I hope the bar owners no longer give football players preferential treatment. Stupid.

orangepaws writes:

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AppreciativeAlum writes:

Beat downs like that get the whole posse in prison. It is attempted murder. With no hint of self defense or cause. These are 20 year terms.

37803Vol writes:

Would be the last fight if the players would go to McDonald's on Thursdays instead. Anxious to see what CDD does and it seems these guys need a curfew!

dvols writes:

did we win?

AllUTAllTheTime writes:

Humm "No Cover Charge" Hope that is not some sort of NCAA violation. Can't wait to see how CDD handles this one.

VOLFORLIFE writes:

Somebody PLEASE tell me this is April 1st and this is just a cruel hoax. No? Didn't think so. Well, looks like same ole same ole.

99gator writes:

sad to see.

just not good no matter how you look at it.

CRFVols writes:

Great. Go Vols. For those of you who will blame Dooley, because I know there are those out there dumb enough......just remember the short time he's been here and the fact that kids will be kids. Dooley hasn't even had them a year. Maybe blame their parents or whoever they raised them...but not Dooley.....not yet.

99gator writes:

as far as the consequences go, if the article is accurate (including a police officer getting beaten)

charges will be stiff.

CRFVols writes:

in response to CRFVols:

Great. Go Vols. For those of you who will blame Dooley, because I know there are those out there dumb enough......just remember the short time he's been here and the fact that kids will be kids. Dooley hasn't even had them a year. Maybe blame their parents or whoever they raised them...but not Dooley.....not yet.

Not sure why I put the extra "they" in there...lol...must be my post-lunch sleepiness setting in.

Bogus writes:

Sounds like we won the Meyer Cup in just one night. Hey, at least our football team beat UF in one thing...

blevit writes:

Facing Monday mornings has got to be a nightmare for a coach. You get blamed for the actions of some thugs on your team, over which, you really have no control. Those types of places, all it takes is a look, a word, a female, and it's on.
Somebody says, "Whatchulookinnat"? A reply"I'mlookinatchu m f! Somebody says "F U! Someone says, "Yomama did, and it wasn't no good even when she was Hoing M F! And it't on!!! Nothing a coach or school can do about that!

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

in response to 99gator:

as far as the consequences go, if the article is accurate (including a police officer getting beaten)

charges will be stiff.

If the article is correct, the charges SHOULD be stiff.

d_ray writes:

Who was the handcuffed player in the video that was grinning ear to ear? No remorse there.

Bogus writes:

Okay, so I just got the text alert from KNS that said Da'Rick Rogers was arrested, but the article isn't up yet.

bigorangemachine writes:

this is terrible and its only july

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to 99gator:

sad to see.

just not good no matter how you look at it.

Yeah it is gator man. If we are ever to compete, our players have to be more mature. I feel for Dooley, but being a lawyer, I am sure he will know how to handle this a bit better than previous coaches.

ZacharyUTK writes:

*strong exhale*

UT37916 writes:

I will be very surprised if Dooley does anything to them.

99gator writes:

can we all come together now and agree that when this stuff happens.....

it's not the school's fault.
it's not the coach's fault.

the best anyone can do is what steve spurrier once said.

"i can't promise you that there won't be discipline problems. i can promise you that when there are discipline problems, proper punishment will be doled out"

or words to that effect

Bogus writes:

Confirmed injured officer? Oh man, someone's going down HARD for that one. What a bunch of idiots. What I would give to have another Al Wilson around to keep order.

flashdance0 writes:

Where's the video?

Poker_Vol writes:

Does Dooley know to call Don Bosh?

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to BamaBeacher:

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Nice, Beacher. Best put the stones down. Every program is a glass house.

wsmows writes:

A brawl is a natural phenomnon when you have more than two friends out together it turns to a macho thing, it wasn't a robbery,gun play ect,off duty guy had to tap out hope he's okay.

BrassMonkey writes:

Just because you are an off duty cop does not give you special treatment. If you go out with a chip on your shoulder like you do when you wear your uniform expect the same thing that a regular citizen would get. Bottom line, if someone is fighting and someone comes from behind and grabs one of them they are part of the fight as well.

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

in response to 99gator:

can we all come together now and agree that when this stuff happens.....

it's not the school's fault.
it's not the coach's fault.

the best anyone can do is what steve spurrier once said.

"i can't promise you that there won't be discipline problems. i can promise you that when there are discipline problems, proper punishment will be doled out"

or words to that effect

I can agree to that.
The only role the coach can play is in his reaction. We will now get an idea of how CDD will handle discipline.

PlaidinOrangeandWhite writes:

No tolerance for this stuff; I know we have depth issues but Dooley has to draw a line in the sand. (After he gets all the facts together of course)

kayr writes:

It's FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE!

Football season started early this year.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to 99gator:

can we all come together now and agree that when this stuff happens.....

it's not the school's fault.
it's not the coach's fault.

the best anyone can do is what steve spurrier once said.

"i can't promise you that there won't be discipline problems. i can promise you that when there are discipline problems, proper punishment will be doled out"

or words to that effect

Question is, what is "proper"?

If you are fair in meting out the punishment, you don't set the example. If you set the example, you're not fair.

Set the example.

allvols4life writes:

Dumb...Dumb...Dumb...I am becoming embarrassed to be a Vols fan with all the stupidity that has been going on with the football team. I understand that young guys are going to go have some fun, but stop being out that late at night, and for crying out loud, STOP getting arrested. There are other ways to have some fun without doing ILLEGAL things. Getting very tired of all these incidents.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to allvols4life:

Dumb...Dumb...Dumb...I am becoming embarrassed to be a Vols fan with all the stupidity that has been going on with the football team. I understand that young guys are going to go have some fun, but stop being out that late at night, and for crying out loud, STOP getting arrested. There are other ways to have some fun without doing ILLEGAL things. Getting very tired of all these incidents.

I am sure this stuff used to go on before the days of the 24-hr news cycle. We just never heard it.

Rowboat_Ranger writes:

Gangland!!!!!!!

coalvol writes:

Stupidity in kids these days is beyond me. I'm not saying I was very smart or mature at that age but I wasn't stupid enough to get a bar fight. These kids get such a opportunity handed to them and they blow it. There are so many good kids in school up there struggling to afford tuition...keeping out of trouble, making good grades and these idiots are pulling stunts like this...we really do live in a screwed up society.

Mule_Days_King writes:

Darren Myles involved? He's gone now.

budd#207344 writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

Just because you are an off duty cop does not give you special treatment. If you go out with a chip on your shoulder like you do when you wear your uniform expect the same thing that a regular citizen would get. Bottom line, if someone is fighting and someone comes from behind and grabs one of them they are part of the fight as well.

If there is video of one of them kicking the guy on the ground you watch the special treatment the offender will get. You just don't do that.

99gator writes:

in response to volman2010:

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i hope this is sarcasm.

Trifecta_Storm writes:

Sad day for everyone !! Good luck CDD, hopefully it ends here. We need some leadership from within as well!!!

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to volman2010:

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You are a moron.

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