Police report: Da'Rick Rogers tried to hit man

Bar worker says prized recruit pushed him, but he wouldn't press charges

Two police reports released Wednesday offer little new information on last week's bar brawl involving a number of University of Tennessee football players that left an off-duty police officer lying unconscious on the pavement along Cumberland Avenue.

One report states prized football recruit Da'Rick Rogers assaulted a man during the fracas but that the victim didn't want to prosecute, and a second report named no suspects in the assault on Knoxville Police Department Officer Robert Capouellez.

Police were called to Bar Knoxville, 1820 Cumberland Ave., about 2 a.m. July 9 to investigate an assault and talked to nightclub employee Ian Cox.

Cox, 30, told officers that he had tried "to detain the suspect (Rogers) for another assault that had taken place on the sidewalk."

Cox also said 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."

Cox couldn't be reached for comment.

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.

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. 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.

In a statement released Wednesday, Rogers' attorney, Donald A. Bosch, said his client denies assaulting anyone the night of the fight.

"He has done nothing wrong and the public and media accounts about his behavior have, in large part, been inaccurate," the statement reads.

A second incident report released Wednesday states that police found 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's assault was listed on the report only as an unknown male age 18-30.

Capouellez was released Monday from the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He has not returned to work.

"He's still under a doctor's care," KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk said Wednesday.

Police have said that Capouellez was knocked to the ground while trying to intervene in the fracas as it spilled onto the sidewalk. Authorities say someone kicked him several times.

No one has been charged in the assaults on either Capouellez or 20-year-old bar patron Gary Russell, who became involved in the initial altercation inside the bar.

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, and players Denarious Moore, 21, 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.

Bosch, who now represents both Rogers and Myles, said his two clients' cases are not related and pose no conflict with one another.

An earlier police incident report released Tuesday names senior defensive tackle Chase Nelson, 22, as a suspect in the attack on Russell, based on the victim's hospital interview with officers a couple of hours after the brawl.

In a story posted on espn.com Tuesday night, however, Russell said Moore and Montori Hughes were the only two players he could positively identify among the six or seven men who reportedly attacked him. Russell claimed that Hughes started the fight by pushing him and then punching him in the chest after he bumped into Hughes on his way from the bathroom.

A UT athletic official, who asked not to be identified because of the investigation, said Tuesday that an internal review indicated Nelson wasn't present the night of the brawl. Nelson has been on academic suspension since the end of the spring semester and has not participated in any team activities, a UT athletic spokesman said.

Speaking for Hughes, attorney Gregory P. Isaacs told espn.com Wednesday that it was Russell - 5 feet 8 inches and 215 pounds - who threw the first punch in an "unprovoked assault" on 19-year-old Hughes, a 6-foot-4, 312-pound freshman defensive tackle.

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tdforvols writes:

This will never get completely sorted out correctly.

andy112382#209793 writes:

So, after going around and around with this we have no tape, witnesses all giving different accounts of what happened, stories not matching up and luckily a head coach who used to be an attorney and seem like one who will take a common sense, level-headed approach to this and already took some action because the stories his players gave individually all matched up.

Sounds pretty hard to have too much more fallout from this without some crazy solid evidence appearing out of thin air. I don't think 'he-said-she-said' holds up well in court.

Oh, and for those who said 'why would a guy his size start a fight with Hughes?' well, since they have pics of Hughes having a knot on the back of his head, how does a guy his size leave a knot on a DTs head without hitting first?

Slystone writes:

Will this hurt recruiting? Will Knoxville be looked at differently from the outside?

andy112382#209793 writes:

For me, i can not agree with people saying that all of these guys should be booted or suspended that were mentioned, because the story lost a lot of credibility when it was said Nelson wasn't even there.

If you take the 'they were there so they are guilty' approach, then you aren't thinking very rationally, we don't know who was trying to break up the fight and people assumed they were fighting because they were struggling to pull people off or what, none of us know.

andy112382#209793 writes:

in response to Slystone:

Will this hurt recruiting? Will Knoxville be looked at differently from the outside?

Don't think so....this could happen anywhere there is a club or bar and a bunch of young people (heck, anywhere there is a club or bar and people, period) I think the way Dooley came straight out and took on questions and laid down punishments right away would shine a positive light on the coach if anything.

Orange_Juiced writes:

same shart different day.

VolinCalif writes:

You know what? I think we are keeping this alive by responding. Let the trolls have this one for now. The BS has stopped about GA, so lets let it go. I am afraid we are hurting the vols

vestc#256986 writes:

The paper and it's headlines are terrible. I think this is much ado about nothing. So a bar fight at a college hangout is new? Move on. Other than somebody hitting the police officer I don't think this is worth all this attention. Fights have been around since the beginning of time. Also for all we know one of Russell's friends hit the officer. Oh and make sure Russell doesn't "work" for Coach O! I wouldbn't put it pass that guy to set this phooey up.

andy112382#209793 writes:

Sooo....how many more days til kickoff?!? This has put me over the top wanting to see some ON-FIELD action!

mdavis332#560634 writes:

I'm sorry to say but this whole thing is becoming a joke. I have never seen so many different reports coming out ot KNS and KPD. Just do a rewind and get to the CHASE. Sorry that was as bad as the reports.

mdavis332#560634 writes:

in response to Slystone:

Will this hurt recruiting? Will Knoxville be looked at differently from the outside?

Recruiting! Ha, you afraid we may lose another 2 or three star recruit.

volsfannsc writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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AGREED. This is the second article claiming Rogers assaulted someone but am I missing something? Like charges by the KPD? I dont understand why KNS is so focused on Rogers. For that matter, I don't know why they are repeating themselves with only a new headline. Time to switch to VolNation I suppose.

VolinCalif writes:

What do you think gang? How are we going to do against Or.? I think we have a chance to put it to them. Our Def C did that last year so he knows a thing or two about beating them. Another thing I've lived on the west cost almost 50 years, been to more Pac 10 games than all football games in Tenn. and that includes high School. But for the moat part Southern calif schools have dominated the pac 10. There was a time when only Wash could compete year in and year out. I know that Tommy Pro. did a good job at Or. st but that was years ago. Vandy was pretty good then also. To make it plain I'm not too impressed with most Pac 10 teams. I believe that the Vols can take it to the Ducks..
Go Vols

chrisw2967 writes:

what does this make the 3rd story about rogers?kns and kpd just cant get it right.tomorrow roger will be seen at krystals where it all began.

smokies_old_soul writes:

in response to vestc#256986:

The paper and it's headlines are terrible. I think this is much ado about nothing. So a bar fight at a college hangout is new? Move on. Other than somebody hitting the police officer I don't think this is worth all this attention. Fights have been around since the beginning of time. Also for all we know one of Russell's friends hit the officer. Oh and make sure Russell doesn't "work" for Coach O! I wouldbn't put it pass that guy to set this phooey up.

absolutely vest.

kicking a man in the head while he lays in the street happens at most any bar on any given night. let's just sweep it under th rug and try to be more understanding of all the pressures that weigh on the shoulders of our young thug football players.

rk40977#297843 writes:

in response to andy112382#209793:

So, after going around and around with this we have no tape, witnesses all giving different accounts of what happened, stories not matching up and luckily a head coach who used to be an attorney and seem like one who will take a common sense, level-headed approach to this and already took some action because the stories his players gave individually all matched up.

Sounds pretty hard to have too much more fallout from this without some crazy solid evidence appearing out of thin air. I don't think 'he-said-she-said' holds up well in court.

Oh, and for those who said 'why would a guy his size start a fight with Hughes?' well, since they have pics of Hughes having a knot on the back of his head, how does a guy his size leave a knot on a DTs head without hitting first?

So somebody hit him from behind? How do you know the patron did it - or when? And who started the fight with all the other players? Or were they afraid Hughes couldn't handle the situation one-on-one. Doesn't look promising against the SEC schedule.

In related news, defense attorneys have decided Poland actually started WWII.

smokies_old_soul writes:

oh yes, let's make sure to give young mr. da'rick (where do they get these names) a pass here, him being too young to understand what he was doing (not to mention he is the highest rated recruit in the class) ............. though he sure looked like a veteran perp leaving knox detention holding his shirt over his face with one hand and holding up his pants with the other.

rockytopatl writes:

in response to andy112382#209793:

Don't think so....this could happen anywhere there is a club or bar and a bunch of young people (heck, anywhere there is a club or bar and people, period) I think the way Dooley came straight out and took on questions and laid down punishments right away would shine a positive light on the coach if anything.

I would tend to agree with you. However, I noted when the original suspensions were handed out that Dooley seemed mighty quick on the "indefinite suspensions." I wondered then if he had all the facts. How could he when they are still being disputed a week later? Wasn't it said then that Greg King was suspended because he threw the first punch? That's a point that seems to have been disputed many times in the days since.

I'm not getting on Dooley here -- I don't think. But other than the fairly obvious guilt of Myles -- is the coach certain he's been right so far?

rockytopatl writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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Chill. Here are the facts: It is the biggest story on UT football right now and it will be a DAILY story until it is all resolved. Get used to it. That's the way news works.

If you don't like it, go read the business page.

poppachuck writes:

Bottom Line: Rogers was arrested for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, he should be suspended. You do not disobey a law officer while they are doing their job and you do not act disorderly in public. Dooley is no better than Fulmer when it comes to discipline. I am thru with this program.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to Driving_Ms_Dooley:

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Read those Maxims many times while I was on the Hill in the mid 50's. They are still correct and we sure need a break or two this year. but I think we are a better team than being projected. We will be in the games. Go Vols

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to poppachuck:

Bottom Line: Rogers was arrested for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, he should be suspended. You do not disobey a law officer while they are doing their job and you do not act disorderly in public. Dooley is no better than Fulmer when it comes to discipline. I am thru with this program.

Since your thru with the program then you need to tell us what major university that doesnt have issues.Not that anybody is trying to keep you onboard or anything.You act like this is the only school with issues.

andy112382#209793 writes:

in response to rockytopatl:

I would tend to agree with you. However, I noted when the original suspensions were handed out that Dooley seemed mighty quick on the "indefinite suspensions." I wondered then if he had all the facts. How could he when they are still being disputed a week later? Wasn't it said then that Greg King was suspended because he threw the first punch? That's a point that seems to have been disputed many times in the days since.

I'm not getting on Dooley here -- I don't think. But other than the fairly obvious guilt of Myles -- is the coach certain he's been right so far?

Dooley was basing his punishments off the fact that he sat down with each player individually and each gave the account of what happened and all of the stories matched up, unlike any of the stories posted on this site or anywhere else trying to throw whatever tidbit that can get their hands on that may or may not have any credibility.

WinkeyVol writes:

If they ever find out who kicked the guy in the head,let him try out for place kicker.He will be better than what we had last year.

RaineyVol writes:

in response to Slystone:

Will this hurt recruiting? Will Knoxville be looked at differently from the outside?

recruits choose to act like idiots or act civilized .. so it shouldn't make recruiting any different!!

VolinCalif writes:

in response to MykesBytes:

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Ever got trapped into a brawl? Most of the time it is a fight to just get away from the location. Just could it be possible that the players don't know who kicked the officer? AS for the officer. Was he in uniform? How were they to know he was an officer? Come on don't pass judgment if you have never been involved in a riot of some sort. I witnessed three in LA, Watts being one of them I was not there for the excitement and wanted nothing to do with any of them. But there is a time you must fight to get away and believe me you will or you're finished. So in short some of these players may well have been trying to leave and some, do good-er, for lack of a better word, wanted to keep them there until the police arrived. If you had nothing to do with the brawl what would you do? Hang around and be charged for nothing? I think I would try walking away. Just my thoughts.
Go Vols

PopsinCapetownSA writes:

in response to FirstAndGoal:

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I agree and anyone who wants to wear their pants below their _ss can go home and watch Lil'l Wayne on MTV and smoke their dagga. Please stop recruiting these kind of people. Are recruiters going to the players home towns and checking them out first or merely reading Rivals and asking them to come to Knoxville for a visit. POP$

tsaecesnitsebhtruof writes:

in response to Slystone:

Will this hurt recruiting? Will Knoxville be looked at differently from the outside?

Yes. And yes.

wags32 writes:

in response to Driving_Ms_Dooley:

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I agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bornin47 writes:

Who ought to be arrested is Da'Rick's momma. For naming him Da'Rick.

MidTennVol writes:

in response to PopsinCapetownSA:

I agree and anyone who wants to wear their pants below their _ss can go home and watch Lil'l Wayne on MTV and smoke their dagga. Please stop recruiting these kind of people. Are recruiters going to the players home towns and checking them out first or merely reading Rivals and asking them to come to Knoxville for a visit. POP$

I agree with both of you guys. This program needs to be severely culled, starting with this gang.

From what I've read, there were many, many witnesses at this place who saw at least pieces of what happened and who did what to whom.

The picture that emerges, the one most closely represents the facts, will be a mosaic of those pieces. The guilty and stupid will be distinguished from those trying to do the right thing.

This ain't CSI, folks. It's a college-bar fight, for Pete's sake.

Investigators around the US tackle far more complicated cases than this every day. And they piece together the facts.

In time, Dooley will be able to get a general idea of who deserves a second chance and who needs to get gone immediately. He'll sort it out.

And if it means losing our first-string defense, so be it. I don't care if we start over from scratch with walk-ons from the track team and go 0-12 for 2-3 years.

I am sick of these embarrassments coming out of Knoxville for so many years. Fulmer ran a very loosely disciplined program where players felt entitled to special treatment and knew there would be not just second and third chances but fourth, fifth and even sixth chances.

I sure hope this Dooley guy is different.

Volfan1 writes:

KNS - "Inquiring Minds" do not want to know anything further except the facts. This is not the National Inquirer.
KPD - Get Barney Fife off the case and get your facts straight.
CDD - He'll do the right thing. He'll boot the bad guys, suspend the fight guys, and keep the good guys.

kwvolsfan writes:

Hold on while I go get the gun.....This HORSE HAS BEEN BEATEN DARN NEAR TO DEATH......I Say shoot it an put it down.
Nothing to see here...move along...nothing to see here people. "Lt. Frank Drebin, Police Squad"

TKO writes:

Was the entire team at the bar?

orangeandred writes:

Hey Coach Dooley Are you going to shrink to the level of your predecessors and ignore Rogers thug like actions since he is your PRIZE recruit??

Jason55 writes:

Wonder if Da'Rick is going to Da'Jail?

I doubt it but nevertheless the Vols should send him packing back to Georgia.......

fprex writes:

This has Da'Rick's pimp written all over it. Of course, that would be Nash Nance's dad, the guy that shopped Rogers everywhere until he could find a major offer for his son.

$ makes a lot of things go away.

PopsinCapetownSA writes:

Nelson has been on academic suspension since the end of the spring semester and has not participated in any team activities, a UT athletic spokesman said.

I didn't know that being in the bar was a team activity but I guess if a UT athletic spokesman says it then it must be true. POP$

d_ray writes:

"Russell - 5 feet 8 inches and 215 pounds - who threw the first punch in an "unprovoked assault" on 19-year-old Hughes, a 6-foot-4, 312-pound freshman defensive tackle."

This is an example of the "Stew Pididiot" joke.

TommyJack writes:

in response to fprex:

This has Da'Rick's pimp written all over it. Of course, that would be Nash Nance's dad, the guy that shopped Rogers everywhere until he could find a major offer for his son.

$ makes a lot of things go away.

Link? Fact, or flatulence? Wise up, pal.

CCLC writes:

The original Thugs were bands of roving criminals in India who strangled and robbed travellers. Originally these gangs committed murder following precise religious rites to honour Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction.
The English word Thug is derived from the Hindi word Thuggie

gbeejr#1354500 writes:

It's bad enough that we had this brawl and a off-duty cop was hurt, but however this finally turns out you can bet that ESPN will not give us the benefit of the doubt and be as negative and hard on UT as possible. Anything, big deal or little deal that can reflect poorly on UT is and will be magnified by ESPN. Oh sure, they'll throw us a crumb every now and then, but generally speaking I think it has been that way since we made such a stink about ESPN's support and validation of the Downtown Athletic Club's outright and in your face campaigning for a defensive player to win the Heistman and snubbing Peyton.

VolFanNC writes:

Isn't this the same exact story as the one yesterday?

Da'rick tried to hit someone...so it is assualt? This is so stupid.

I will say again.

Every football player in the bar that night should be suspended for 1-2 games no exception.

IF they find out who did this to the cop they should be kicked off the team no exceptions.

Other than that, quit calling everyone thugs, etc... does no good. Some of these kids got caught up in their first night out.

Simply stick with the 2 strike and your out policy and state it publicly. Anyone of these guys gets in trouble again, they are kicked off the team.

Do that and this story disappears tomorrow.

Huttdawg100 writes:

Again, this place needs to be shut down. In the original version of this story, KNS failed to include the fact that Ian Cox was a bouncer of Bar Knoxville. If anyone has ever been to this place, you'll know why Cox's credibility drops to 0%. The fact that he is a bouncer at this establishment immediately discredits him. He has an agenda of making himself look like a good guy and Bar Knoxville look like a five star establishment. During my tenure at UT earlier in the decade, I had multiple brush ups with their staff. I've never encountered a more unprofessional, ignorant, and bigoted bunch in my life. One can not down play the role of Bar Knoxville in this entire fiasco. If that establishment were in better control, I doubt any of this would have happened: you treat Da'Rick like the President, but when everything explodes, you treat him completely different. Why were the football players getting VIP treatment in the first place? Da'Rick made some mistakes, but Bar Knoxville provided all the elements to turn this into a dangerously explosive situation.

UT37916 writes:

in response to Huttdawg100:

Again, this place needs to be shut down. In the original version of this story, KNS failed to include the fact that Ian Cox was a bouncer of Bar Knoxville. If anyone has ever been to this place, you'll know why Cox's credibility drops to 0%. The fact that he is a bouncer at this establishment immediately discredits him. He has an agenda of making himself look like a good guy and Bar Knoxville look like a five star establishment. During my tenure at UT earlier in the decade, I had multiple brush ups with their staff. I've never encountered a more unprofessional, ignorant, and bigoted bunch in my life. One can not down play the role of Bar Knoxville in this entire fiasco. If that establishment were in better control, I doubt any of this would have happened: you treat Da'Rick like the President, but when everything explodes, you treat him completely different. Why were the football players getting VIP treatment in the first place? Da'Rick made some mistakes, but Bar Knoxville provided all the elements to turn this into a dangerously explosive situation.

This has to rank as one of the most stupid posts ever.

FEARinSEC writes:

I'm not sure I have ever seen so many stupid@$$ posts on one subject!! You people beat all I have ever seen!! Stop acting like this was the holocaust, it was a damm bar fight, SHEESH!!! Get over it, already!!

Huttdawg100 writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

Ever got trapped into a brawl? Most of the time it is a fight to just get away from the location. Just could it be possible that the players don't know who kicked the officer? AS for the officer. Was he in uniform? How were they to know he was an officer? Come on don't pass judgment if you have never been involved in a riot of some sort. I witnessed three in LA, Watts being one of them I was not there for the excitement and wanted nothing to do with any of them. But there is a time you must fight to get away and believe me you will or you're finished. So in short some of these players may well have been trying to leave and some, do good-er, for lack of a better word, wanted to keep them there until the police arrived. If you had nothing to do with the brawl what would you do? Hang around and be charged for nothing? I think I would try walking away. Just my thoughts.
Go Vols

Good, Insightful Post

AncientVol writes:

Almost a full week has now passed and neither the police nor UT staff have been able to tie the kicking of the off-duty cop to any players with specificity. The cop did not bang himself in the head, so mass lying is taking place here. People have to know who assaulted the bar partron inside and who assaulted the cop outside on the street, yet details have not emerged. Lying is taking place, obviously. Cover-up. The authorities are screwing up by not getting at the real truth.

tennesseefan writes:

Knox News Sentinel has beat this story to death. Move on KNS! New headlines.....same story! Nobody knows the real truth and never will. It's over! Not one person will serve 1 day in jail and there won't be any additional suspensions from the football team. Get over it!

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