Vol receiver Rogers: 'I did nothing wrong' in bar brawl

Da'Rick Rogers defense attorney Don Bosch talks with the media after a hearing in General Sessions Court Tuesday morning.

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Da'Rick Rogers defense attorney Don Bosch talks with the media after a hearing in General Sessions Court Tuesday morning.

Da'Rick Rogers, left, looks toward his attorney Don Bosch in General Sessions Court Tuesday morning.

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Da'Rick Rogers, left, looks toward his attorney Don Bosch in General Sessions Court Tuesday morning.

Da'Rick Rogers, left, and his attorney Don Boash, right stand before General Sessions Judge Chuck Cerny, center, Tuesday morning.

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Da'Rick Rogers, left, and his attorney Don Boash, right stand before General Sessions Judge Chuck Cerny, center, Tuesday morning.

KNOXVILLE - A University of Tennessee football player this morning said he did nothing wrong during a bar brawl that resulted in an off-duty police officer being knocked unconscious in July.

Prosecutors apparently agreed with Da'Rick Rogers.

An agreement announced this morning before Knox County General Sessions Court Judge Chuck Cerny included the dismissal of a resisting arrest charge and the pending demise of a disorderly conduct offense. Both charges were filed after a fight July 9 at Bar Knoxville, 1820 Cumberland Ave.

Rogers, 19, agreed to perform 16 hours of community service on the disorderly conduct charge. Cerny on Oct. 27 is slated to recall the case for dismissal if Rogers has completed the community service work.

"When he was tackled outside the bar, he had no idea who was tackling him," Rogers' attorney, Don Bosch, told Cerny.

"You have to remember he had been sprayed in the face with pepper spray."

Rogers made no comment during the hearing.

Bosch said he will have the resisting arrest charged expunged today from Rogers' record and will seek to expunge the disorderly conduct charge when it is recalled next month.

"I have maintained my innocence from the moment I was arrested, and am thankful that I can finally put these matters behind me," Rogers said in a statement released this morning.

"I was present in Bar Knoxville at the time a fight broke out among other people, but I was not fighting or drinking."

Rogers' statement noted he was temporarily blinded by pepper spray administered to his face by a bar employee when grabbed from behind outside the business.

"At the time, I did not realize these people included police officers, and only became aware of that fact as I was being handcuffed," Rogers' said.

"I never intended to resist the officers who were attempting to arrest me."

Bosch said Rogers has no prior criminal record and characterized the charges against Rogers' as resulting from "being in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Police charged Rogers and Darren Myles Jr., 19, after the brawl, but neither was accused of assaulting Knoxville Police Department Officer Robert Capouellez, who was treated for several days at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Capouellez, 24, was off duty and not in uniform when the brawl erupted, according to Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk.

Capouellez returned early last month to regular patrol duties. No one has been charged in connection with his assault. Capouellez was off-duty, in plain clothes and was a patron of the bar when the brawl erupted.

Rogers 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.

Myles, a sophomore safety, was charged with assault, evading arrest and resisting arrest. He was kicked off the UT football team.

Myles was accused of assaulting UT Police Department Cpl. Brian Greenlee after the officer arrived at 2:04 a.m.

The bar brawl marked Myles' second encounter with local police.

He was arrested just hours after the April 17 Orange and White game. He was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after a 2:29 a.m. incident at Sobu, 6213 Kingston Pike. Club bouncers had removed Myles from the business, but he allegedly continued causing problems in the parking lot.

Myles was riding on the hood of a car when officers arrived, police said. Officers said he fought them when he was arrested, but no officers were injured.

Myles appeared Aug. 12 in court. He was given judicial diversion on the July 9 charges, which allows for expungement of the offenses if Myles stays out of trouble for two years. The plea agreement included dismissal of the April 17 charges.

The brawl began when Gary Russell, 20, was involved in an altercation with another customer, and "several additional patrons jumped into the fight," DeBusk said.

"Employees of the bar intervened and pushed the fight outside onto the sidewalk," DeBusk said. "Officer Capouellez intervened in an attempt to stop the fight when he was attacked."

Witnesses said Capouellez was hit in the head and knocked to the ground, where a suspect "kicked the officer several times before fleeing the scene," DeBusk said.

Russell, who was also taken to UT Medical Center for treatment, was released from the hospital.

Police detained six potential suspects for questioning after the brawl.

According to UT Police Department reports, players John Brown, 22; Matthew Milton, 18; Denarious Moore, 21; Myles Jr.; and Rogers were identified as possibly being involved in the beating of Capouellez.

Another man, identified in records as Jerran Talley, 19, of Athens, allegedly was with the group involved in the beating. Talley is not a UT student and has not been charged.

After the brawl, UT football coach Derek Dooley announced that two players not mentioned in police reports, Marlon Walls and Greg King had been suspended indefinitely. Dooley didn't provide specifics as to why the action was taken, saying only that the suspensions resulted "from my conversations with the student-athletes who were present."

Both were reinstated to the team, but Walls suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and is out for the season.

Early in the probe police said they would not charge Milton in connection with the fight.

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

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volfaninusaf writes:

And Rogers is a beast! Need to throw to him more often.

CCLC writes:

Thank goodness he didn't try and sell a jersey. He could get suspended for.....4 games!

give_him_6 writes:

LoL. Least he didn't text a threat in. Woooo, he'd be in real trouble then.

tnsportsman writes:

Good for Da Rick. Stay focus and learn young man. You have had your look at hell (holding tank) and its not pretty is it?

Just go BEAT FL! You guys can do it if OUR TEAM will play a full 60 minutes!

GO VOLS, WE ARE UT!

dtennessee#235123 writes:

At least they won the fight.

jsnewman writes:

He's lucky, really lucky... So I guess the KPD officer got paid off. This whole thing stinks and Don Bosh should think about the integrity of his ala mater. It just stinks... We have come to the day in Big Orange Country that that players can get by with armed robbery and leaving a cop for dead in the middle of Cumberland with no repercussion. It's not great to be a Tn Vol... It's embarrassing!

UTFISH writes:

So Gary Russell and Jerran Talley are both from Athens and about the same age. Old High School Rivalry? How did half the football team get involved "when Gary Russell was involved in an altercation with another customer"? Anyone check these guys facebook pages yet? Young men like this love to boast, brag, and run that jaw.

Virgil_Tutwiler writes:

What's funny, is the police likely arrested the only two players in bar who did not hit or punch the officer.

With the code of silence among players and witnesses the police could never make a charge against the two or parties who needed to be arrested.

77VolFS writes:

in response to CCLC:

Thank goodness he didn't try and sell a jersey. He could get suspended for.....4 games!

What AJ did was wrong but will agree that his sentence is extreme - he and the guy from Bama out for 2 weeks should have had their suspensions swapped. Maybe his appeal this week will get him back on the field quicker.

TLepage writes:

in response to jsnewman:

He's lucky, really lucky... So I guess the KPD officer got paid off. This whole thing stinks and Don Bosh should think about the integrity of his ala mater. It just stinks... We have come to the day in Big Orange Country that that players can get by with armed robbery and leaving a cop for dead in the middle of Cumberland with no repercussion. It's not great to be a Tn Vol... It's embarrassing!

Don Bosch is just doing his job and he happens to be damn good at it....

VOLliven2it writes:

Not surprised at this outcome. I am from N. GA and never heard anything to make me think DaRick would do what everyone assumed he had done. It was dumb to be there and to become in any way violent even if he did not know it was the police. Does anyone else feel freaky that this is coming out now the week of the FL game?
As for the assaulted off duty plain clothes policeman, that was really sad. However, there are just too many things we do not know about it to make conclusions beyond conjecture. I hope the guy is okay and in the future calls for help BEFORE approaching a potentially volatile situation where he is outmanned, and outnumbered radically. Now, DaRick, do the service man. Let us put this behind us and you go out and show what you can do as a topnotch SEC receiver in Orange and White!

vol88 writes:

Here's to better decisions in the future.

jakethevolguy writes:

in response to SECFB:

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Yeah but, they are not as good as the cops in Gainsville or Tuscaloosa or it would have never made the news.

TommyJack writes:

in response to Virgil_Tutwiler:

What's funny, is the police likely arrested the only two players in bar who did not hit or punch the officer.

With the code of silence among players and witnesses the police could never make a charge against the two or parties who needed to be arrested.

Not so fast, zygote brain. Maybe DaRick is telling da truth. I trust him more than I trust you, pal.

Ayres_Hall writes:

This has been a whole lot of nothing.

CCLC writes:

in response to 77VolFS:

What AJ did was wrong but will agree that his sentence is extreme - he and the guy from Bama out for 2 weeks should have had their suspensions swapped. Maybe his appeal this week will get him back on the field quicker.

Fair enough.

VolNavy writes:

I guess all of you folks whining about justice not being served were there that night and witnessed what happened.. You should have come forward and testified. Or were you "bought off" too??

Let's Play Some Football..

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to SECFB:

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Chris Rainey....

jsnewman writes:

in response to TLepage:

Don Bosch is just doing his job and he happens to be damn good at it....

I'll admit, he's good at his job but this thing doesn't pass the smell test. That said, I am sure there are prostitutes around Knoxville good at their job too. Just because you are good at getting people off don't mean the task is virtuous.

OTPVol writes:

I would assume the bar has changed it's admission policies, is that correct? A note from Momma and an orange jersey won't get you in anymore? (Just kidding). It would appear this was handled professionally, all things considered. Live and learn, they're still all kids.

Neyland writes:

in response to SECFB:

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SECFB you act like UT is the only school with kids in bar room brawls, every school in the SEC has them except for maybe Vandy. Our guys arnt angels but I wont condem our guys IF it truly is a self defense situation but they also need to understand they represent the university at all times not just during football season. With that said they also should use better judgement on their surroundings at that hour. They couldnt have known that a fight would breakout but also could have moved out of the way. If they are altercated then just walk away no matter what their pride says. Losing a scholarship over a fight isnt worth it in the long run.

VolBlitz writes:

Enough of this.

Let it go!

Let's play some FOOTBALL!!!!!!!

CCLC writes:

in response to Neyland:

SECFB you act like UT is the only school with kids in bar room brawls, every school in the SEC has them except for maybe Vandy. Our guys arnt angels but I wont condem our guys IF it truly is a self defense situation but they also need to understand they represent the university at all times not just during football season. With that said they also should use better judgement on their surroundings at that hour. They couldnt have known that a fight would breakout but also could have moved out of the way. If they are altercated then just walk away no matter what their pride says. Losing a scholarship over a fight isnt worth it in the long run.

Well, there are schools that specialize in driving scooters the wrong way on one way streets and such. Can I interest you in jersey....perhaps #8?

CCLC writes:

"… Defense attorney Don Bosch says by performing the community service, Rogers isn’t admitting guilt. Instead, he wants to prevent teammates who witnessed his July 9 arrest from having to testify at a hearing.
How convenient for everyone."

doxie writes:

Young man: You are known by the company you keep. If you don't want to be drawn into a fracas, stay away from such establishments. Next time you may not be as lucky.

CCLC writes:

Well...I for one believe in a ground up approach to "cleaning up a program" perhaps young CDD can be available to instruct some Georgia players. After winning the Fulmer Cup (hands down) I believe CMR could use some advice.....just sayin'

"We've had a few staph infections, so we did a clinic yesterday on proper shower technique and soap and using a rag," Dooley told reporters in Knoxville Wednesday.

"We put some new rags in. Y'all think I'm kidding, but I'm serious."

"We had, I told them, the worst shower discipline of any team I've ever been around. So we talked a little bit about application of soap to the rag and making sure you hit all your body. You know, you can neglect it trying to cut corners, and it shows in how you practice and elsewhere. I'm hoping we show some improvement in that.

JCJ1986 writes:

in response to jsnewman:

He's lucky, really lucky... So I guess the KPD officer got paid off. This whole thing stinks and Don Bosh should think about the integrity of his ala mater. It just stinks... We have come to the day in Big Orange Country that that players can get by with armed robbery and leaving a cop for dead in the middle of Cumberland with no repercussion. It's not great to be a Tn Vol... It's embarrassing!

If you were there and know what happened that night, please tell...otherwise stfu

trollhair writes:

This is a disgrace. The court system, the University of Tennessee, the Football team. This kid should not only be kicked off the team, but kicked out of school.

I am embarrassed to say I went to UT. No wonder the team is losing.....they have losers like Rogers on the team.

iadvol writes:

SECFB = Loser Troll

dirtmerchant writes:

One thing I've observed in recent player-involved incidents is that Don Bosch seems represent the players who are the least guilty.

In the future, when a group of players are arrested, pay attention to the ones represented by Bosch. That's the player/s who will ultimately have their case dismissed.

mountainbrook writes:

in response to SECFB:

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There never was a case against him in the first place unlike several of the others.

CDAWG writes:

wow we can't even get away with taking a bicycle helmet without getting arrested!

jsmithnga#207674 writes:

in response to trollhair:

This is a disgrace. The court system, the University of Tennessee, the Football team. This kid should not only be kicked off the team, but kicked out of school.

I am embarrassed to say I went to UT. No wonder the team is losing.....they have losers like Rogers on the team.

With your attitude, I am certainly embarrassed that you went to UT--please don't tell anyone else.

Jakevol writes:

I feel the Rogers kid is a good kid. He happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. This may help in the future picking where he goes and who he goes with.

NeylandWest writes:

in response to SECFB:

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Right...and nothing ever gets swept under any rugs in Tuscaloosa.

Glass houses, my friend, glass houses...

maddawg writes:

Way to take responsibility for your actions Duhrick. Watch this guy, he will grace the mugshot counter again.

RollTideJoe writes:

in response to jakethevolguy:

Yeah but, they are not as good as the cops in Gainsville or Tuscaloosa or it would have never made the news.

Bull. Saban doesn't put up with such stuff. You can spin it any way you want, these actions have been a broken record on the Hill. And, as long as the university lawyers keep getting them off, they will have no respect for the law or doing their fights, break-ins, etc., again and again. Several SEC schools have problems, mostly Florida, Georgia, and S. Carolina, but no one has the record of these crimes as UT.

alvol writes:

in response to SECFB:

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you are very impressive also. my impression of you is you are a moron.

CCLC writes:

in response to RollTideJoe:

Bull. Saban doesn't put up with such stuff. You can spin it any way you want, these actions have been a broken record on the Hill. And, as long as the university lawyers keep getting them off, they will have no respect for the law or doing their fights, break-ins, etc., again and again. Several SEC schools have problems, mostly Florida, Georgia, and S. Carolina, but no one has the record of these crimes as UT.

You must have forgotten that Saban won the "Fulmer Cup" in 2007. I guess he won it without "putting up with such stuff". Gee whiz....lay off the shrooms for awhile. It's affecting your memory.
just sayin'

Colliervol writes:

in response to Virgil_Tutwiler:

What's funny, is the police likely arrested the only two players in bar who did not hit or punch the officer.

With the code of silence among players and witnesses the police could never make a charge against the two or parties who needed to be arrested.

I don't know about the players but how many sober, credible witnesses were available at that time of the morning inside or outside the bar? My contention all along has been is that there were none that were sober or credible. I sincerely doubt the KPD is going to let anybody off the hook when one of their own got the mess kicked out of them if there are any witnesses at all.

CCLC writes:

in response to NeylandWest:

Right...and nothing ever gets swept under any rugs in Tuscaloosa.

Glass houses, my friend, glass houses...

...some are more adept with the broom. Read here 4 games UGA suspension vs. 2 games suspension Alabubba

BufordTJustice writes:

in response to jsnewman:

He's lucky, really lucky... So I guess the KPD officer got paid off. This whole thing stinks and Don Bosh should think about the integrity of his ala mater. It just stinks... We have come to the day in Big Orange Country that that players can get by with armed robbery and leaving a cop for dead in the middle of Cumberland with no repercussion. It's not great to be a Tn Vol... It's embarrassing!

I'd say the thug players better walk the line from here on out. With one of their fellow cops being beaten that bad, you know his cop buddies will look for any reason to bust these thugs, as well they should. How many of us have been at West Town, etc., and notice the way many of them act.... traveling in packs and harassing young high school girls. They better watch it.

CDAWG writes:

Colliervol, you know when Mettenburger was kicked off the team its because someone spoke up and said yea he was all over that girl in the bar.
I am really amazed that a police officer was put in the hospital and no one is being charged. You know Duh Rick's daddy Mr. Nance has really deep pockets. BTW why didn't Dooley put Nash in Saturday. That is all that you needed.

crappieking writes:

in response to trollhair:

This is a disgrace. The court system, the University of Tennessee, the Football team. This kid should not only be kicked off the team, but kicked out of school.

I am embarrassed to say I went to UT. No wonder the team is losing.....they have losers like Rogers on the team.

I'm embarrassed to say a troll like you went to UT also.

mercyseat writes:

in response to VolNavy:

I guess all of you folks whining about justice not being served were there that night and witnessed what happened.. You should have come forward and testified. Or were you "bought off" too??

Let's Play Some Football..

Ha Ha!!! that's a good one...

TommyJack writes:

My guess is, if any slack was cut, it was by KPD because one of their finest was drunk and chasing college trim at 2am. Normally, KPD cuts UT students little slack. Jocks or no.

tenndave writes:

Isn't it amazing how the official story doesn't satisfy some on this site. I have felt all along that something was fishy. I also notice nothing about the non players role in all of this. They shouldn't have been at the bar at that time of morning. But for all of those upset about it being swept under the rug. GET OVER IT YOU IDIOTS!

CCLC writes:

in response to CDAWG:

Colliervol, you know when Mettenburger was kicked off the team its because someone spoke up and said yea he was all over that girl in the bar.
I am really amazed that a police officer was put in the hospital and no one is being charged. You know Duh Rick's daddy Mr. Nance has really deep pockets. BTW why didn't Dooley put Nash in Saturday. That is all that you needed.

beg your pardon... but I think he caught a pass during the first half.
just sayin'

jsnewman writes:

in response to steviejanowski:

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I see you drink the Big Orange Kool-Aid! FYI Some of us UT alums do have character. The circumstances speak for themselves especially if you have the metal faculties to assimilate them.

RemembertheAlamo writes:

I still cannot figure out how the bar still has licenses to sell liquor, since serving to so many under the age of 21. I need to have some of this under the table money that is being passed around.

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