Hearings delayed for UT football players in Cumberland Avenue bar brawl

KNOXVILLE - New court dates in August and September have been set for two University of Tennessee football players accused of being part of a July 9 Cumberland Avenue bar brawl.

Da'Rick Rogers, 19, a wide receiver from Calhoun, Ga., is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after the brawl broke out. Originally set for today, his case has been reset to Sept. 14 in Knox County General Sessions Court.

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.

Originally set for today, his case was reset to Aug. 12 in General Sessions Court.

Police were called to Bar Knoxville, 1820 Cumberland Ave., about 2 a.m. July 9 to investigate an assault inside the bar. Authorities say a number of UT players were present.

Outside of the bar, someone assaulted Robert Capouellez, an off-duty Knoxville Police Department officer. Capouellez, found unconscious and bleeding from the head, was treated at University of Tennessee Medical Center and released several days later.

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.

UT coach Derek Dooley indefinitely suspended sophomore defensive tackle Marlon Walls and sophomore linebacker Greg King the afternoon of the incident but has not commented if they were involved in the melee.

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

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ravensearay writes:

That does it - Rodgers will not play this year if at all.

veloce928 writes:

in response to ravensearay:

That does it - Rodgers will not play this year if at all.

Why not? This article didn't say anything about him we didn't already know.

AllforTenn writes:

This article could have been shortened to one sentence: "Court date of Darren Myles, Jr. reset for August 12, and that of Da'Rick Rogers reset for September 14."
All the rest is redundancy.

britt writes:

apparently we arent the only ones having trouble gathering all the facts

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to SECFB:

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Now that you've said this on Go VOLS Extra, are you now going to go to the Alabama site and indulge everyone there????????

voloffaith writes:

in response to SECFB:

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SUGGEST REMOVAL OFF TOPIC (AGAIN)

kevinc0465 writes:

Has anyone even considered the possibility that the off duty police officer was ran over and stepped on as the fight left the bar? I know people are saying someone was kicking him but they didnt see who it was. I just thought it was more likely that he was ran over as they were coming out the doors and then possibly stepped on in the middle of a crowd? Just a theory.

AHoffman writes:

in response to kevinc0465:

Has anyone even considered the possibility that the off duty police officer was ran over and stepped on as the fight left the bar? I know people are saying someone was kicking him but they didnt see who it was. I just thought it was more likely that he was ran over as they were coming out the doors and then possibly stepped on in the middle of a crowd? Just a theory.

That ranks right up there with the "Flat Earth" theory.

kevinc0465 writes:

in response to AHoffman:

That ranks right up there with the "Flat Earth" theory.

Have you ever seen a fight like that be pushed outside of a club? I have and I am not saying thats what happened just that it is possible.

rockytopatl writes:

in response to kevinc0465:

Has anyone even considered the possibility that the off duty police officer was ran over and stepped on as the fight left the bar? I know people are saying someone was kicking him but they didnt see who it was. I just thought it was more likely that he was ran over as they were coming out the doors and then possibly stepped on in the middle of a crowd? Just a theory.

Better theory: He was hit in the head by a meteorite.

Ayres_Hall writes:

Why do we continue to call this person an off-duty police officer when he was a regular bar patron who used poor judgement to get mixed up in the fight? His job is irrelvant to his being there and to his his attempt to stop the fight and his injury.

Might as well been an off-duty NFL football player.

PHAT_VOL writes:

WHAT DO WE KNOW ?
There was a bar fight. Mace or pepper spray was sprayed on no one in general. Most of the fighters were Tennessee football plays. Two people were beaten up, one sent to the hospital. The one sent to the hospital is a Knoxville police officer. The first action to be taken by a police officer on duty or not, is to phone for back up. That was what i was taught in police school. Standard policy was not followed by that officer. The police were called by the bar owner. What was the off duty police officer doing there? We dont know. But one thing is for sure no one should be beaten like the officer was. Could this be why the KPD is so slow in its investigation of one of its own? Bar fights are a part of America. They have occured since day one and proably always will. Guys like to brag about being in a bar fight. Its kinda fun for some. But the big question is still why hasn't the KPD brought to justice the ones guilty of beating one of their own?

GO VOLS !

Bearwuzacheater writes:

in response to SECFB:

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as a follower of the crimson cheaters you should have knowledge of getting the best players money can buy!

who is paying Mark Ingram's prison concessions fund since Logan Young is dead?

CHITOWNVOL writes:

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troll tool, get a life

Colliervol writes:

in response to kevinc0465:

Has anyone even considered the possibility that the off duty police officer was ran over and stepped on as the fight left the bar? I know people are saying someone was kicking him but they didnt see who it was. I just thought it was more likely that he was ran over as they were coming out the doors and then possibly stepped on in the middle of a crowd? Just a theory.

Grassy knoll?

Colliervol writes:

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Good question. I'm beginning to think it's because they can't find any credible witnesses. At 2 am, how many of them were even close to sober? I'm getting this image of the cops trying to interview a bunch of Foster Brooks impersonators to try and determine who was at fault.

Bigger_Al writes:

in response to Ayres_Hall:

Why do we continue to call this person an off-duty police officer when he was a regular bar patron who used poor judgement to get mixed up in the fight? His job is irrelvant to his being there and to his his attempt to stop the fight and his injury.

Might as well been an off-duty NFL football player.

Because that enables trolls and unethical reporters to make this look absolutely as bad as possible.

maddawg writes:

in response to voloffaith:

SUGGEST REMOVAL OFF TOPIC (AGAIN)

Whats the matter guys? Is it okay for Vol fans to flood other team's websites/blogs with whiney comments and not allow other team's fans the same consideration?

maddawg writes:

in response to AHoffman:

That ranks right up there with the "Flat Earth" theory.

Now that was f****** funny!!

maddawg writes:

in response to rockytopatl:

Better theory: He was hit in the head by a meteorite.

ditto.

UTByrd writes:

I saw the video of the dude Montori Hughes got into it with. He claims MH and he bumped into each other by the restroom whereas MH punched him in the chest and the stomping began (in the bar). Dude is 5 foot 8 and 230 lbs. MH is 6'4", 315 and wound up with a cut over his eye.
It sounds to me that dude sucker punched MH. I'm 6'4" & 215 and used to frequent bars quite a bit. I always tried to walk away from a fight but was not always successful. The vast majority of the time, a smaller guy would try to start something and then the big buddy would jump in. Big guys mever messed with me.
UT players have as much right to go to Bar Knoxville as anybody, barring the VIP treatment (escuse the pun). What upsets me is the fact that, as a team, you have to watch out for each other. If Myles was drinking, his teammates should have stopped him before he started. THAT is the lesson to be learned here. As Volunteers, you represent your family, your University, and, just as important, your self. Abhorant behavior is an insult to each and, therefore, should be avoided at all cost. Peer pressure can keep you out of trouble as well as get you into it.
Go VOLS!!!!!

235lbVol writes:

in response to AHoffman:

That ranks right up there with the "Flat Earth" theory.

alot of police officers stop by the fire station here and there, and acouple of them said this officer has "Napoleon" syndrom" you all know, Little man syndrom. said he probablly had a few in him and was feeling the way booze makes a little guy feel, Plus, they think he never should have been out at a bar at 2am in the morning....The players were wrong, but I bet they didn't know he was a cop. Good chance little Napoleon made it worse than it would've been!

beachvol1 writes:

in response to UTByrd:

I saw the video of the dude Montori Hughes got into it with. He claims MH and he bumped into each other by the restroom whereas MH punched him in the chest and the stomping began (in the bar). Dude is 5 foot 8 and 230 lbs. MH is 6'4", 315 and wound up with a cut over his eye.
It sounds to me that dude sucker punched MH. I'm 6'4" & 215 and used to frequent bars quite a bit. I always tried to walk away from a fight but was not always successful. The vast majority of the time, a smaller guy would try to start something and then the big buddy would jump in. Big guys mever messed with me.
UT players have as much right to go to Bar Knoxville as anybody, barring the VIP treatment (escuse the pun). What upsets me is the fact that, as a team, you have to watch out for each other. If Myles was drinking, his teammates should have stopped him before he started. THAT is the lesson to be learned here. As Volunteers, you represent your family, your University, and, just as important, your self. Abhorant behavior is an insult to each and, therefore, should be avoided at all cost. Peer pressure can keep you out of trouble as well as get you into it.
Go VOLS!!!!!

Have to go with you on this one....got to have some intergrity if you are part of the Vol Family..got to be mature enough to understand the consequences...this whole deal continues to be nothing but he said, she said deal...a good attorney will rip this one up and have it dismissed of any major charges...guys, not sure if we really need Rogers, if he is this type of guy...

CoverOrange writes:

in response to 235lbVol:

alot of police officers stop by the fire station here and there, and acouple of them said this officer has "Napoleon" syndrom" you all know, Little man syndrom. said he probablly had a few in him and was feeling the way booze makes a little guy feel, Plus, they think he never should have been out at a bar at 2am in the morning....The players were wrong, but I bet they didn't know he was a cop. Good chance little Napoleon made it worse than it would've been!

Don't know about any psyho complexes he might have but his normal duty hours end at 2 am so for him it was like rush hour. His beat includes the area where this bar is. He knows the owners, the bar tenders, waitresses, and probably the regular patrons. Being there off duty is good police work. He probably knew that as soon as the first fist flew that the owner had the phone in his hand dialing 911. Back up was there in 5 minutes. For him to stand by while watching people getting hammered would be like an off duty life guard watching a swimmer drown. He was trained for this kind of action.

If someone had pulled out a gun and he had jumped in front of the bullet who do you blame, the guy that pulled the trigger or him for trying to save someone else's life?

GerryOP writes:

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Stop posting your silly drivel. So now a lack of provable facts becomes "swept under the rug?" Maybe Dooley took lessons from lil' Urbie on "sweeping under the rug."

boogimn3 writes:

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Nappy!....Thanks for your input...

KINGKONG writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Don't know about any psyho complexes he might have but his normal duty hours end at 2 am so for him it was like rush hour. His beat includes the area where this bar is. He knows the owners, the bar tenders, waitresses, and probably the regular patrons. Being there off duty is good police work. He probably knew that as soon as the first fist flew that the owner had the phone in his hand dialing 911. Back up was there in 5 minutes. For him to stand by while watching people getting hammered would be like an off duty life guard watching a swimmer drown. He was trained for this kind of action.

If someone had pulled out a gun and he had jumped in front of the bullet who do you blame, the guy that pulled the trigger or him for trying to save someone else's life?

No hand cuffs, no nightstick,no flashlight,no glock,and no walkie talkie.That isnt part of there training.Get serious there is no way to defend himself.How did you ecaped the planet mars weirdo

TheSuperfly writes:

No need to try this case because I've pieced it all together. This kid Russell, an avid GoVolsXtra reader, is walking back from the restroom talking to one of his buddies about an article he'd seen on the site. He absentmindedly bumps into Montori Hughes while saying "Can you believe that stupid mouth of Rucker?" Hughes either misheard this as namecalling that nice people don't use, or he thought Russell was comparing him to Wes Rucker. Naturally chaos ensues...

In all seriousness, I'm not going to rush to judgement and say spare or crucify those who were there that night. I have faith in UTs program, and I know that eventually the facts will come out, discipline will be administered by the appropriate sources, and UT will go forward as it has for over a hundred years. Support your institution and have respect for the process, and let's please leave judgements to the judges.

camron writes:

I agree that the UT football players have every right to be in the bar. The off duty police officer is a different matter. He represents the KPD and by extension the citizens of Knoxville. When he is in a bar drunk at 2AM and gets in a fight with young men he brings disgrace on the people he has sworn to protect. He deserves what he got.

Gate21 writes:

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Actually he was just frisking him for donuts.

196SVol writes:

How many of the 10 Vols involved in this incident will get a shot at the "kicking" position this year?

c9bcc writes:

d

c9bcc writes:

I don't know who did what to whom, but these players are minors and had no place in a bar.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Oregon.

Period.

gnm53108 writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

Oregon.

Period.

Got that big one with UT-Martin first.

mrvol2u writes:

in response to KINGKONG:

No hand cuffs, no nightstick,no flashlight,no glock,and no walkie talkie.That isnt part of there training.Get serious there is no way to defend himself.How did you ecaped the planet mars weirdo

Should not have to defend himself. Any reasonable person or persons stop when told to do so by authority. If players or non-players are not subject to the normal rules of society then by all means let them go without any punishment. The player who hit a cop should be gone, period, end of story. If you do not believe that or support that type of action, then that pretty well negates anything you have to say on the matter.

That being said, there has information that the kicking of the down cop did not happen. The security cams outside and from other locations may prove that to be true. If so, the person who struck him will be charged and suffer the consequences.

GerryOP writes:

I suggest that once the pepper spray started flying, all bets for gentlemanly behavior were off. Doesn't excuse thuggery, but let's be a little less harsh and judgemental.

46 -- Fear The Dooley Dude...

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

in response to 196SVol:

How many of the 10 Vols involved in this incident will get a shot at the "kicking" position this year?

NONE. Since Tennessee got a player bamma or UFn suck couldnt-------the #1 kicker out of hs Palardy.

And yes, he can kick 60+yd FG over a fatazz Cody.

Jazzteroid writes:

Just watched a rerun of Ducks vs Trojans 2009. What a tremendous performance by Oregon. Da'rick Rogers is lucky he's not out on the field Sept 11. The Volunteers will likely be a def. tackle and a couple linebackers short for this one. Quack Quack

235lbVol writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Don't know about any psyho complexes he might have but his normal duty hours end at 2 am so for him it was like rush hour. His beat includes the area where this bar is. He knows the owners, the bar tenders, waitresses, and probably the regular patrons. Being there off duty is good police work. He probably knew that as soon as the first fist flew that the owner had the phone in his hand dialing 911. Back up was there in 5 minutes. For him to stand by while watching people getting hammered would be like an off duty life guard watching a swimmer drown. He was trained for this kind of action.

If someone had pulled out a gun and he had jumped in front of the bullet who do you blame, the guy that pulled the trigger or him for trying to save someone else's life?

First off, I'm not jumping in front of a freaking bullet for NOBODY! except my wife, not my 19 and 15 yr old step sons, not my mom or dad, and especially not a stranger at a bar at 2am in the morning...This has Little man syndrom writing all over it, my big asss is 240lbs, bench presses 465lb, and I have enough sense not to jump in the middle of that phooey, but when you have a sickness ( Littleman) it takes away all common sense!

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