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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