Latest police report on Vol bar brawl: Prized UT recruit assaulted man

Da'Rick Rogers

Da'Rick Rogers

Knoxville Police Department Officer Robert Capouellez

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Knoxville Police Department Officer Robert Capouellez

KNOXVILLE - A report released this morning by Knoxville police says that University of Tennessee prized football recruit Da'Rick Rogers allegedly assaulted a man during last week's brawl at a Cumberland Avenue nightclub, but the victim declined to prosecute.

A second report released today sheds little light on who kicked an unconscious off-duty Knoxville Police Department officer who was left lying in the middle of Cumberland Avenue during the fracas, which involved multiple UT football players.

Rogers, 19, is a five-star wide receiver from Calhoun (Ga.) High School who has been touted as the crown jewel of UT football coach Derek Dooley's first recruiting class.

One of the reports states that officers arrived at the Bar Knoxville, 1820 Cumberland Ave., to investigate a reported assault and were told by Ian Cox, 30, that he had tried "to detain the suspect (Rogers) for another assault that had taken place on the sidewalk."

Cox told officers that Rogers "pushed him and attempted to hit him while attempting to stop Rogers from leaving," the report states, but "Cox had no injuries and was adamant about not prosecuting."

Rogers told police that he'd been pepper sprayed inside the nightclub "from another altercation" and indicated he'd pushed Cox because he "could not see who was trying to 'get him,'" according to the report.

"While trying to detain Rogers, officers briefly struggled with him, but (he) was later taken into custody without further incident," the report states.

Cox couldn't immediately be reached for comment. The phone number for Cox that was listed on the police report is the business number for Bar Knoxville.

Although Rogers wasn't charged in connection with the alleged assault on Cox, he was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after the brawl.

The second report states that police found off-duty officer Robert Capouellez unconscious "lying on the eastbound lanes of Cumberland Avenue, in front of the business." The officer, who was not in uniform, was "bleeding from his head area," according to the report.

The suspect in Capouellez' assault is listed only as an unknown male age 18-30 on the report.

Capouellez was released Monday from the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he was admitted after the 1:51 a.m. July 9 brawl at the Bar Knoxville. He has not returned to work.

"He's still under a doctor's care," Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk said this morning.

Meanwhile, another University of Tennessee football player was implicated in last week's brawl with the release of a Knoxville police incident report Tuesday.

Chase Nelson

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Chase Nelson

Chase Nelson, 22, is accused of starting a fight with 20-year-old bar patron Gary Russell inside the bar, according to Russell's statement to the KPD taken that morning while he was being treated at a hospital.

The fight quickly escalated as several more patrons entered the fray, which spilled outside onto the sidewalk. Capouellez, who attempted to intervene, was hit in the head and knocked to the ground, where a suspect kicked him several times.

Russell, who also was treated and released from UT Medical Center, could not be reached for comment Tuesday. However, in a story posted on espn.com Tuesday night, Russell said Montori Hughes and 19, is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest Denarious Moore were the only two players he could positively identify and that Hughes started the fight by pushing him and then punching him in the chest after Russell bumped into Hughes on his way from the bathroom.

Hughes, a 19-year-old freshman defensive tackle, has offered a different version of events through his attorney Gregory P. Isaacs.

Isaacs said the brawl erupted when "an unknown patron" attacked Hughes "without provocation."

A UT Athletic Department official, who asked not to be identified because of the ongoing investigation, said an internal review indicated Nelson wasn't present the night of the brawl.

No one has been charged yet in the assaults against either Russell or Capouellez.

Darren Myles Jr., 19, is charged with assaulting a UT Police Department officer, evading arrest and resisting arrest. The sophomore safety, who previously was charged in April with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, has since been kicked off the team.

Rogers, along with Myles, Moore, 21, and players John Brown, 22, and Matthew Milton, 18, all have been named as possibly being involved in the beating of Capouellez, according to UTPD reports.

Players Marlon Walls and Greg King, who have not been mentioned in police reports, were indefinitely suspended from the team by Dooley on Friday.

Yet the newly released KPD incident report, based on Russell's hospital interview with police, is the first instance that Nelson has been mentioned as being involved - at least by name.

On a sports call-in radio show on WNML on Friday, a caller identifying himself as "Allen" and claiming to be a co-owner of Bar Knoxville said he witnessed a UT player start the initial fight with the patron inside, said host Jimmy Hyams. When asked which player it was, the caller only replied "number 97," Hyams said. Nelson's jersey number is 97.

Bar Knoxville co-owners Allen and Sandy Morton did not return a call for comment Tuesday.

In the same espn.com story, Allen Morton claims he didn't see what started the fight - only that he saw six or seven players beating and kicking Russell. He did not identify those players in the story. He also said he saw Capouellez being kicked but could not identify the attacker.

Nelson, a senior defensive tackle from Tulsa, Okla., has been serving an academic suspension since the end of the spring semester and has not taken part in any team activities, an athletic department spokesman said Tuesday.

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

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smifrat writes:

Same old news. Rogers was trying to break up the fight from what I have been told by several people who were there.

Mobbdeep4life writes:

The more I hear of this story the more convoluted it gets.

richvol writes:

Until one of the players comes forward and identifies who kicked the policeman laying in the street none of them should be allowed to return to the team. The players know who it was and are just as guilty for not stopping the assault and withholding and protecting the guilty one. If Dooley sits them down one on one and confronts each one with this ultimatum he will get the answer and whoever it was needs to be booted and prosecuted.

USNAVol writes:

I suppose these guys are all caught up on their Summer School homework and any further time in the weight room would be counter-productive. So...they're just hangin' around waiting for practice to commence. Maybe we should break them up into mandatory 'small groups' so they can use their copious spare time to explore the New Testiment......... or, put them work filling pot-holes. . . . or working for Habitat for Humanity. Anything . . . . but don't turn them loose again on Cumberland Ave after dark ! (They can't handle it.)

greeneman writes:

I guess he's not such a "prized" UT recruit...

TheOpinion writes:

I've heard from multiple people that Rogers was simply trying to break up the fight. He pulled his arm away when the cop grabbed it and thats why he was booked. Stupid reason considering others did way worse.

westknoxrepub writes:

This headline's looking a little libel-ous. Since he wasn't charged with assault, and nobody's saying he was physically attacking anyone, how can they say he assulted anyone?

bigorange61 writes:

What authority did Ian Cox have that would allow him to detain Rogers?

rockytop4ever writes:

this is the best roller coaster i ever been on! woohoo!hands up! here we go again! wheeeeeee!

Txvol57 writes:

This is all hearsay....these things always turn into I heard this and I think its that...but a brawl in a bar always starts so quickly that nobody really sees what happens. All you see is a mob of people swinging.

Im so sick of hearing about this stupid cop who tried to be a hero in a 15 person brawl while off duty and in street clothes after drinking. The guy is 180lbs!! What did he think he was going to do? Just call for back up. It sucks that he got kicked and my prayers are with him. But in that situation you need to be smart.

VOLinCO writes:

this is just like the movie "Big Fan"

(well, sort of)

flatrock writes:

Awful, mis-leading headline. Kinda National Enquirish!

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

in response to bigorange61:

What authority did Ian Cox have that would allow him to detain Rogers?

"Citizens arrest! Citizens Arrest!"

crimsonviper writes:

Different day, different story.
I suppose tomorrow someone will print ZZgators hypothetical version of the true story.

FEARinSEC writes:

in response to bigorange61:

What authority did Ian Cox have that would allow him to detain Rogers?

My thoughts exactly.... If he put his hands on Rogers first, he got exactly what he deserved...

crimsonviper writes:

in response to Lostvolinhighweeds:

"Citizens arrest! Citizens Arrest!"

lol at that one.

cdldoc#211897 writes:

in response to Txvol57:

This is all hearsay....these things always turn into I heard this and I think its that...but a brawl in a bar always starts so quickly that nobody really sees what happens. All you see is a mob of people swinging.

Im so sick of hearing about this stupid cop who tried to be a hero in a 15 person brawl while off duty and in street clothes after drinking. The guy is 180lbs!! What did he think he was going to do? Just call for back up. It sucks that he got kicked and my prayers are with him. But in that situation you need to be smart.

You are stupid, stupid, stupid!! The guys who gang banged the cop are criminals and need to go to prison. The cop was trying to do his job. Off duty cops are not supposed to stand around while crimes are committed. Too bad he did not have a gun and put about 5 or 6 out of their misery.

orangenwhitefan writes:

Get outta town Da'Rick! You've proven yourself to be just another thug. C'mon Dooley, get rid of every player that was in that bar that night and set the tone for others in the future. Now let's get back to football!

bigorange61 writes:

in response to Lostvolinhighweeds:

"Citizens arrest! Citizens Arrest!"

Hmmm....no.

murrayvol writes:

in response to Lostvolinhighweeds:

"Citizens arrest! Citizens Arrest!"

Touche'

TennHillbilly writes:

in response to Mobbdeep4life:

The more I hear of this story the more convoluted it gets.

Agreed
The real facts may never come out.

mdavis332#560634 writes:

Good grief! How many different versions are out now and supposedly from KPD? Charge whoever needs to be charged and boot off team whoever needs to be. My guess is CDD already knows and got one and suspended two.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

Why is it every time we start getting a little good news, we’re immediately bombarded with bad?!?

PMC2726 writes:

Everyone here that says Da'Stupid was just trying to stop the fight TOTALLY misses the point. These guys shouldn't have been in a bar in the first place!! Da'Stupid is a freshman, so he's likely 17 or 18 years old. Why are players in a bar AT ALL? Most of these guys are underage. Even if they weren't drinking (18 to party, yeah right!), what good comes from being in a bar at all? These guys are recognizable enough that they don't need to be in a cheesy bar to pick up girls -- how about the student union, or church, of just sit on the Hill and wave to the little hotties that walk by. Just stay out of bars!!

Everyone seems to almost be sympathizing with Dooley -- couldn't disagree more. This is Dooley's fault. He obviously didn't make it clear enough to his players, especially the young ones, what he expects in the off-season. Sure, now that a few people have been kicked off the rest get the picture. However, to put it in lawyer terms, I think this incident is a glaring indictment of how things are being run at UT. A football team is incredibly difficult to run -- there's lots of moving parts. Despite the difficulties in keeping tabs on 100+ young men, it's the coaching staff' job to do so. These young men obviously felt (whether justified or not) that they had some slack to act the way they did. What would have lead them to believe that they could act this way with impunity?

us43137415#376444 writes:

I think I'm getting tired of hearing about it, too.

Collegiate athletes think they are better than anybody else, they think they're above the law, and they think they can get away with anything.

The sad part about it is, that's the way we treat them.. we laud their athletic accomplishments, we brag on how many yards they gained, we put them on this pedestal to admire like they're straight from Mount Olympus.....

And then, we're P-O'ed when they get they get into trouble. AND THEY ALWAYS GET INTO TROUBLE.

WE CAUSED THIS SITUATION, so we're getting what we paid for.

Now, I AM sick and tired of hearing about it.

Volunatic writes:

in response to Mobbdeep4life:

The more I hear of this story the more convoluted it gets.

I'm guessing that's how "investigations" of bar room brawls often go.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Make'em run??? Pffft... make them puke... often!!

PoopDeckPappy writes:

in response to bigorange61:

What authority did Ian Cox have that would allow him to detain Rogers?

He was trying to keep him from leaving the scene. if he left he would've looked suspicious.

JMP_Vols writes:

What a mess.

Dooley has a tough task on his hands deciding how to discipline the other parties involved in all this.

Hopefully, one complete and accurate report will be released when all the smoke clears.

Txvol57 writes:

in response to cdldoc#211897:

You are stupid, stupid, stupid!! The guys who gang banged the cop are criminals and need to go to prison. The cop was trying to do his job. Off duty cops are not supposed to stand around while crimes are committed. Too bad he did not have a gun and put about 5 or 6 out of their misery.

They didnt know he was a cop!! thats irrelevent!! Im not saying what they did was right...it was completely wrong to do that to any human being and the persons responsible should be gone. The point Im making is that the media is making a huge deal about that the fact the he was an "off duty" cop...but are failing to mention that he was in street clothes at a bar at 2am and had been drinking!! Instead of calling in and waiting for back up...he decides to intervine in a 15 person brawl and got trampled!! You dont jump infront of a stampeing heard of cattle do you? You get out of the way. I appreciate the fact that he felt the need to fulfuill is civic duty. But lets be honest..he was off duty, in street clothes, and had been drinking all night.

Volsfan2456 writes:

Again....all hearsay. Same ole " Lovie Smith is flying in to Knoxville"...and "the Cowher is on a Haslem Plane landing at Alcoa" phooey that we heard last year before we got Lame. Bar fights rarley get taken to court because of this. Someone will be responsible for the Cop being beaten, innocent or not. KPD will see to that.Plenty of I know a man who saw this....or he said he saw that. But I hope, and can actually see not much more coming out of this.

Volunatic writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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To which explanation are you referring? I've heard about 8 different explanations (so far).
I don't doubt that Dooley will issue more punishments. (I hope that the Vols have at least two DTs that aren't culpable in this incident.)

Biggie writes:

in response to PoopDeckPappy:

He was trying to keep him from leaving the scene. if he left he would've looked suspicious.

Ok so;

"What autority did Ian Cox have that would allow him to detain Rogers"?

calvol writes:

They don't have any security cameras at this place? We are not likely to ever know what really happened. Hope the officer is well, he looks no older than the students.

tnsportsman writes:

in response to orangenwhitefan:

Get outta town Da'Rick! You've proven yourself to be just another thug. C'mon Dooley, get rid of every player that was in that bar that night and set the tone for others in the future. Now let's get back to football!

So much for Due Process, LOL? Yeah and kicking the players off the team last year certainly stopped this bar fight didn't it?

Suspension yes, but the NCAA needs to allow the Head Coach to appoint the Life Coach (Andre Lott at UT) to have FULL ACCESS to the suspended players dailey without limits. Kicking players off the team to have them sit out 1 year before selling their services somewhere else is passing the buck and a copout! Have them stay and TRAIN THE LAD, hard, real hard!

GO VOLS, WE ARE UT!

kevin151 writes:

Will not waste my money going to any games this year, enjoy 4-8

RJ_Vol writes:

in response to richvol:

Until one of the players comes forward and identifies who kicked the policeman laying in the street none of them should be allowed to return to the team. The players know who it was and are just as guilty for not stopping the assault and withholding and protecting the guilty one. If Dooley sits them down one on one and confronts each one with this ultimatum he will get the answer and whoever it was needs to be booted and prosecuted.

I would have to agree...Who knows? Maybe he already has done that.

GerryOP writes:

The headline writers are really going bonkers on this. Rogers not charged with assault, was trying to break up a fight, and refused to be detained by a fellow citizen now calls for a headline reporting assault?

I guess the KNS is trying to get even with UT and Dooley for not allowing the press free access to everything said by everybody at any time at any place on campus. The only problem is that the KNS seems to be getting great joy out of making the kids look like criminals and thugs ... which they may be but has yet to be proven.

C'mon KNS, you're better than this.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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It does sound that Rogers will be cleared of criminal charges, but runnin cutters obviously didnt work for Myles the first time. I think anyone involved could stand a good suspension. It will not only send a message to the rest of the team, but also provide some experience to the backups which will be much needed toward the end of the season.

Mr_Brownstone writes:

cut 'em all. we're going to stink anyway. send a message up front you do wrong, you get cut; no if's and's or but's.

you get good pr, and send a message up front for years to follow.

tnsportsman writes:

in response to calvol:

They don't have any security cameras at this place? We are not likely to ever know what really happened. Hope the officer is well, he looks no older than the students.

Yeah no cameras, lots of drunks, he said, she said and underage drinking. Time for this to end because defense attorneys will have a field day if the DA pursues this! Any good first year law student knows, 'It's not what you believe but what you can prove'!

This was a bar fight and Everyone Was Wrong, Including Our Players!

Let CDD hande the disipline of the players going forward!

GO VOLS, WE ARE UT!

vestc#256986 writes:

When I first heard of this fight I said kick'em all off. After reading these stories I think it's not near the tragic story protrayed. So guys got into a fight in a bar....like that is new and isn't happen every day somewhere...by all races and genders. The Russell guy is likely lying or was too drunk to know. If he had been pounded by multiple "huge-strong" guys like he said he wouldn't be walking out of that bar. The only person that should be prosecuted is whoever kicked the cop while down. If the officer was drinking or drunk in that bar I'm not so sure he should have gotten involved since in was under the influence. But I ask did anyone know he was a officer considering everyone was probably about blind from the pepper spray. I'm assuming they didn't know he was a policeman. Also get off Rogers!!! The guy was blindly by pepper spray and pushed the Cox guy who was trying to hold him?? The guy was likely a bouncer involved in the fight. So what!! The KNS should be ashamed for their headline and it makes me think the KNS is sensationalizing the story.

mrvol2u writes:

The best thing to do is let this sordid mess be sorted out by the professionals. You may have noticed they will not make arrest till it is finished and turned over to the D.A..

When that happens, CDD and staff can make proper decisions about discipline and who needs it and to what degree.

All this speculation, wringing of the hands, and crying out for swift, tough justice is a waste of time till all the facts are in. Once again, I have faith CDD will be firm and fair in the manner he handles this situation.

HallowedHill writes:

Does every party involved in this have a completely different story?

PoopDeckPappy writes:

in response to Biggie:

Ok so;

"What autority did Ian Cox have that would allow him to detain Rogers"?

He had NONE. He was only trying to help the guy. He was WAY OFF base though. I can't believe he would try to help someone, be assaulted while doing so, and then NOT press charges. I'm wondering why his authority matters to you in this case.

chrisw2967 writes:

Whats the deal with people posting these kids had no business in the bar ? I guess the ones posting that, never did one thing you wasnt suppose to do when you was young?
Get real people,at the end of the day there still kids and they are going to make stupid decisions.
NOBODY is going to prison in this case,aggravated assault is the most that anybody is going to get.The way the stories change and the names change the more this case will end up being a he said she said case and may never be solved.
Im in no way taking sides here but people are calling these kids thugs and already have found them guilty and nobody knows what really happened.kns keeps throwing a new story out about ever 4 or 5 hours and you people jump all over it.

cjones72 writes:

in response to HallowedHill:

Does every party involved in this have a completely different story?

Gary russell cant make up his mind who hit him . 1st it was hughs then it was nelson who is it going to be next the butler in the kitchen with boxing gloves on .

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to PMC2726:

Everyone here that says Da'Stupid was just trying to stop the fight TOTALLY misses the point. These guys shouldn't have been in a bar in the first place!! Da'Stupid is a freshman, so he's likely 17 or 18 years old. Why are players in a bar AT ALL? Most of these guys are underage. Even if they weren't drinking (18 to party, yeah right!), what good comes from being in a bar at all? These guys are recognizable enough that they don't need to be in a cheesy bar to pick up girls -- how about the student union, or church, of just sit on the Hill and wave to the little hotties that walk by. Just stay out of bars!!

Everyone seems to almost be sympathizing with Dooley -- couldn't disagree more. This is Dooley's fault. He obviously didn't make it clear enough to his players, especially the young ones, what he expects in the off-season. Sure, now that a few people have been kicked off the rest get the picture. However, to put it in lawyer terms, I think this incident is a glaring indictment of how things are being run at UT. A football team is incredibly difficult to run -- there's lots of moving parts. Despite the difficulties in keeping tabs on 100+ young men, it's the coaching staff' job to do so. These young men obviously felt (whether justified or not) that they had some slack to act the way they did. What would have lead them to believe that they could act this way with impunity?

So. . .18 year olds shouldn't go to a place that serves alcohol. . .no more Aubrey's, Copper Cellar, Old College Inn, most of the resturants on Market Square. . .and so forth. That's sound logic.

Bars are allowed to let 18 year olds in there(provided it's no smoking). . .it's legal. Also, nobody seems to be pointing out that Rodgers, who is 19, was NOT cited for any underage consumption, nor was Bar Knoxville cited for selling alcohol to minors, therefore if any drinking was going on by persons under the age of 21 the Knoxville Police Department did not see fit to do anything about it.

It's summer, there's only so much interaction the staff is allowed to have with the athlete's to start with. You're not going to attract recruits to UT by setting year round curfews. They have those during the season and they're enforced.

Finally i would like to point out the irony of those stating these young men should take responsibility for those actions who then turn around and state they need to be babysat year round by the football coaches.

VOLSGURLINCHARLOTTE writes:

in response to kevin151:

Will not waste my money going to any games this year, enjoy 4-8

Pretty sure we will not miss you because obviously you are not a true fan in the first place if you are willing to give up on them so quick and easy. We will enjoy whatever they produce this year but I bet if they end up suprising everyone and doing really good you will hop right back on board with the Vols.

volatil writes:

I'm growing weary of the he said-they said junk. Let's talk about football!

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