Former UT player Josh Briscoe indicted on exploitation, solicitation counts

Josh Briscoe

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Josh Briscoe

SEVIERVILLE - A former University of Tennessee football player-turned high school assistant coach has been indicted for allegedly trying to engage in sex crimes with a 15-year-old male student athlete, according to court records released Thursday.

Josh Briscoe, 23, was named in a three-count indictment charging him with one count of soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of solicitation of a minor stemming from a text message sent last year, court records show.

Briscoe’s attorney, Joe Baker, said the case is the result of authorities interpreting innocent comments in the worst light possible.

“I’m not surprised by the indictment,” Baker said. “It’s unfortunate that what is otherwise locker room banter has to be played out in the court system. I think in the end it will be seen for what it is — joking that was inappropriate.”

Briscoe was working as an assistant coach at Pigeon Forge High School last summer when he was accused of sending the inappropriate text message to a member of the football team on Aug. 20, 2009, according to court records. He resigned after the allegations were made.

He later surrendered to Pigeon Forge Police Department officers to face a charge of solicitation of a minor by an authority figure and was released on bond. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing in February, which moved his case into the hands of a grand jury for further action.

According to the arrest warrant filed last year, the offensive text mssage said “You owe me a lil [sic] action for going off like that,” and then suggested a particular sexual favor.

“This statement directly places Mr. Briscoe stating that (the player) owed Mr. Briscoe a sexual favor for ‘going off,’ “ Pigeon Forge Police Department Investigator Rene Kendall wrote in a report.

Kendall speculated that the “going off” comment referred to “some kind of attitude” the player exhibited that Briscoe witnessed.

Kendall also said the investigation hadn’t uncovered any other improper conduct between Briscoe and the player.

Briscoe lettered at UT from 2005-2008. He caught 79 passes for 866 yards and eight touchdowns in his career. He had five career starts.

He was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and once blogged about his training regimen for a possible shot at pro football at govolsxtra.com, the News Sentinel’s website devoted to UT sports.

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Comments » 89

jobrando#216494 writes:

and the drama of the Young and Restless Vols continues

KINGKONG writes:

I knew something was funny about him when he was at UT.Did anybody see the way he jogged back and fourth from the huddle.He jogged like he had his jock-strap on backwards.You could tell he had some sugar in his tank

KINGKONG writes:

Briscoe had the best hands when came down to catching footballs.I mean Im not trying to offend nobody.But it makes you wonder???

bluetickhound writes:

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ThugTillIDie writes:

More trouble on Gay Street. I know it's a horrible joke. I know.

Groundedvol writes:

Can't believe this sh!! is still getting pursued. He was just bullsh!!in with one of his players. Shut up!

ncvol17 writes:

Fellowship of Christian Athletes and he says junk like that? Come out, come out whoever you really are....

Vol43 writes:

I'm so tired of hearing nothing but bad news from this forum. Please tell me I'm not the only one.

NorCalVol writes:

in response to FLVOL69:

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"bad enough he's gay"???

There's nothing wrong with being gay. How about growing up?

thevoice writes:

My gosh, the news just can't get any better. I love my Vols. The problem is, they seem to "love" other guys too. And in the context of football, yes that is a problem, NorCalVol.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Now that was funny. Brushy Mtn.....lol

GerryOP writes:

in response to NorCalVol:

"bad enough he's gay"???

There's nothing wrong with being gay. How about growing up?

tn_rockytop writes:

in response to NorCalVol:

"bad enough he's gay"???

There's nothing wrong with being gay. How about growing up?

thats gay so you have to grow up to like our respect gay people big gay dog /mr hat/ .1.

tn_rockytop writes:

you wouldnt be from california would you by the way that link was gay

clvolfan writes:

in response to NorCalVol:

"bad enough he's gay"???

There's nothing wrong with being gay. How about growing up?

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keepitreal4vols writes:

In a few hours, there will be 22 "Comments removed" posts from all the G word references. Too bad you can't say what you mean anymore without the sensitiviy police & Liberals being offended.

milhaudmeto writes:

in response to KINGKONG:

I knew something was funny about him when he was at UT.Did anybody see the way he jogged back and fourth from the huddle.He jogged like he had his jock-strap on backwards.You could tell he had some sugar in his tank

WOW....really....was that called for?

TNPilgrim writes:

This guy's toast - anybody with half a brain should know better than to put something like that in an e-mail or text message that can be used as evidence against them. This is especially true when dealing with minors. There should be no tolerance for sexual predators around kids of this age. There's a good reason the Boy Scouts of America don't allow homosexual scout leaders in their ranks.

govolshw writes:

in response to NorCalVol:

"bad enough he's gay"???

There's nothing wrong with being gay. How about growing up?

i believe you think a little differently than the majority of other people... please get your facts straight , (no pun intended).

1965Vol writes:

in response to tn_rockytop:

you wouldnt be from california would you by the way that link was gay

Don't guess you're much into Southern Gospel music.

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

Good post GerryOP! Even my Bulgarian wife was singing along.

OrangeinCarolina2 writes:

I work with Josh's parents. They are great folks. Josh played high school ball at my kids' rival school. I truly hope for his parents' sake and his that it turns out that it was just inappropriate joking. A lot of speculation and charges over a text message. Hope it's all a big misunderstanding.

woodwr#217203 writes:

Three confused issues: 1) orientation which is almost certainly not chosen ---- none of us chose to be straight.

2) Hitting on children, children on the team coached....... icky and quite resistable whether those children are male or female. Everyone knows the difference between thinking about under age and saying even a word about underage.

3) Hitting on anyone even as a joke by text......really really stupid, unless you know and trust that person a LOT...... almost asking to end up embarrassed if not arrested.

tsaecesnitsebhtruof writes:

Past, present and future. GO VOLS!!!

ThugTillIDie writes:

in response to NorCalVol:

"bad enough he's gay"???

There's nothing wrong with being gay. How about growing up?

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.(Leviticus 18:22 KJV)

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.(Leviticus 20:13 KJV)

For this reason [idolatry] God gave them up to passions of dishonor; for even their females exchanged the natural use for that which is contrary to nature, and likewise also the males, having left the natural use of the female, were inflamed by their lust for one another, males with males, committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was fitting for their error. (Romans 1:26-27)

700Nitro writes:

in response to NorCalVol:

"bad enough he's gay"???

There's nothing wrong with being gay. How about growing up?

Nothing except living 20 less years on average and having a much greater risk of disease.

VOLinATL writes:

Until it is revealed what "particular favor" was suggested, none of us can make an educated statement about his guilt or innocense.

chl1958 writes:

Why don't we just cancel this type BS. KNS,do your damndest to find something good to write about. Please forget I peed in the front yard with my dog last night! How's that for male bonding?

fUTureVol writes:

in response to ThugTillIDie:

More trouble on Gay Street. I know it's a horrible joke. I know.

Thugtillyoudie huh? If that's the case, I'm pretty sure you'll die before I do. That whole 'thug' attitude is what's causing us a lot of problems. You and the rest of the 'thugs' need to grow up or move to california!

gnm53108 writes:

Bad.

Situation,article,thread.

Axe the whole thing Kappy.

Jason55 writes:

Guess he wont be a "get your act together" adviser for Da'Rick, huh.....

SIMSVOL writes:

old news...

martinvol34 writes:

in response to KINGKONG:

I knew something was funny about him when he was at UT.Did anybody see the way he jogged back and fourth from the huddle.He jogged like he had his jock-strap on backwards.You could tell he had some sugar in his tank

Really. I mean really. You must have sugar in your tank if you're looking at someone's jock and how they are wearing it. Idiot.

imw8n4u writes:

in response to ThugTillIDie:

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.(Leviticus 18:22 KJV)

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.(Leviticus 20:13 KJV)

For this reason [idolatry] God gave them up to passions of dishonor; for even their females exchanged the natural use for that which is contrary to nature, and likewise also the males, having left the natural use of the female, were inflamed by their lust for one another, males with males, committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was fitting for their error. (Romans 1:26-27)

Southland writes:

in response to govolshw:

i believe you think a little differently than the majority of other people... please get your facts straight , (no pun intended).

yes there is something wrong with being gay

jimr07 writes:

in response to workinlikehek:

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For his fifteen minutes of fame.

mostwise1#651350 writes:

in response to KINGKONG:

I knew something was funny about him when he was at UT.Did anybody see the way he jogged back and fourth from the huddle.He jogged like he had his jock-strap on backwards.You could tell he had some sugar in his tank

KingKong - you are an IDIOT! Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? You are a typical closed minded redneck! Immediately you slander someone with your bias laced posts, and condemn someone without knowing anything.

Like someone else said, his story about locker room banter seems plausible, but with ignorant Fobes like you, the possibly innocent don't have a chance. Just because you have a computer does't entitle you to an opinion! Next time the best thing you can do for this blog an UT football is - log off, and spare use from your dribble. Better for us to think you're an idiot then for you to voice your opinion and prove it!

jimr07 writes:

in response to VOLinATL:

Until it is revealed what "particular favor" was suggested, none of us can make an educated statement about his guilt or innocense.

Amen.

Willis writes:

Like I've said before it's not only the caching and/or the players that has brought UT to it's tipping point, it's the ignorant fan base that not only come and make asinine coments on this topic but any other topic whether it's good or bad.

allvols4life writes:

in response to bigorangekoolaid:

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I don't want to get into a theological debate on a sports site, but I would definitely not want to be in your shoes come judgment day.

PHAT_VOL writes:

in response to allvols4life:

I don't want to get into a theological debate on a sports site, but I would definitely not want to be in your shoes come judgment day.

You mean your judgment day. Don't you?

allvols4life writes:

in response to PHAT_VOL:

You mean your judgment day. Don't you?

Nope. I mean THE judgment day when the creator judges His saints from those who reject Him. Again, not going to get into a theological debate. What Briscoe did was wrong regardless of whether it was careless banter or intended for what it said. As an authority figure, you just don't do stupid stuff like that.

cloudodust writes:

Dang Josh, this makes you the butt of all jokers, er, jokes...

VolAtUGA11 writes:

Not many people who are gay are child predators. In fact, most child predators or people who commit child solicitation are straight. They are criminals with pretty severe psychological problems, but they are straight.

If you think making fun of gay people is OK, you probably would have donned a white hood a few years back. Don't be so afraid of what you don't know or understand.

jimr07 writes:

in response to Willis:

Like I've said before it's not only the caching and/or the players that has brought UT to it's tipping point, it's the ignorant fan base that not only come and make asinine coments on this topic but any other topic whether it's good or bad.

You mean ignorant like you maybe?

jimr07 writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

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you do not know the facts in the case.

jimr07 writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

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well, coming from you, calling me a joke i consider a compliment.

dfreeman writes:

Scrap scrap scrap the whole thing!! LMFAO!!! This is just ugly all around and people... Try taking some meds. I used to come here to read about football, but reading the posts has become more fun. It's like real time Jerry Springer stuff!!

wayoutwill writes:

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eldr5#344719 writes:

Wow. I can't believe the homophobia going on in here. Josh screwed up and sent an inappropriate text message to a kid. I doubt he meant anything by it other than just a joke. Doubt any charges would have been filed in any state other than the deep south. Whether he is gay or not doesn't really matter. It was dumb to send the text. I can't believe how backwards lots of you guys in here are. Homosexuality is a fact of life and predators either homosexual or heterosexual should be punished but just to paint all gays as predators is just flat out wrong. Hiding behind scripture for your mean-spirited ways is cowardly. Jesus never would treat a gay person with disgust. He might hate the actions but he would love the person just like he did with prostitutes and any other sinner.

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