Suspended Tennessee safety Brent Brewer retained a lawyer as part of his defense against charges filed on him over the weekend for domestic abuse.
Arrested early Sunday morning for allegations of misdemeanor domestic assault, Brewer enlisted Don Bosch on Monday as more information came to light about the incident that has left the sophomore indefinitely suspended by the Vols pending an investigation.
According to documents obtained by the News Sentinel, Brewer allegedly attacked a female in his apartment “by placing his hands around her throat” and also “shoved (her) into a wall and continued strangling her.” He was released on Sunday evening on $1,500 bail after being held for 12 hours.
In a statement from Bosch, Brewer declined further comment.
“Our initial investigation indicates Brent is innocent of this allegation,” Bosch said in a release. “He looks forward to a favorable resolution in the near future as the full facts emerge.”
Until they do, the projected starter at safety will be on the shelf for the Vols after emerging as a valuable contributor down the stretch in his first season with the program.
After shaking off the rust from four years of playing professional baseball, Brewer started the last six games of the season and was credited with 30 tackles, three passes defended and a fumble recovery.
But even before the police report emerged publicly alleging Brewer prevented the woman from leaving his apartment and stating she had visible marks on both sides and the front of her neck, left wrist and both arms, UT coach Derek Dooley had already handed down a suspension Sunday afternoon until the matter is resolved.
"Without knowing all the facts, any domestic incident warrants a suspension from all team-related activities until a thorough investigation is concluded," Dooley said in a statement. "We respect everyone's right to the legal process, but also acknowledge a greater standard of conduct associated with the privilege of being a member of the Tennessee football team."
Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. He may be reached 865-342-6274. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward.