No charges against Vol QB Tyler Bray, roommate in beer-bottle, golf-ball tossing incident

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No charges will be filed against Tennessee junior quarterback Tyler Bray because he “reached out” to the vandalism victim and offered to pay for all the damages to her vehicle.

“The victim called us and said she no longer wishes to prosecute,” Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk said Wednesday. “The suspect (Bray) reached out to her and told her he would take care of the damages to her vehicle.”

The victim, Bradi Hudson, 22, told police the windshield of her 2008 Ford Special had been cracked and the top dented sometime after she parked the vehicle at The Landings, Riverside Forest Way, about 8 p.m. Friday. She saw the damage about 10 a.m. Saturday.

When Hudson saw the damage, she also found a note on the vehicle that stated, “I know what happened to your car.” The note contained the name and phone number for Kirstie Allen, 21, who resides at the Landings.

DeBusk said Allen provided Hudson with the names of Bray and Michael C. Grandinetti, 26, who share an apartment at The Landings, as the people responsible for the damage.

Allen told Hudson that “there had been males drinking and throwing beer bottles and golf balls at her vehicle,” according to a police report.

Allen said she called E-911 when she observed two people throwing beer bottles off the balcony. She said she recognized them as Bray, 20, and Grandinetti, 26, a University of Tennessee graduate who formerly worked in the video department of the UT football office.

Because Hudson doesn’t want to pursue the matter, DeBusk said no charges will be filed in connection with the vandalism.

On Monday, Allen called police to report that her car had been vandalized. The report noted that Allen suspected someone smashed her vehicle’s windshield in retaliation for her telling authorities about those responsible for throwing beer bottles and golf balls from an apartment balcony.

Allen went into her apartment Monday to eat lunch about 1:10 p.m., according to the incident report. When she left her apartment about 30 minutes later, she saw that the front windshield of her car had been smashed. She estimated the damages at more than $500.

Allen said an office manager in the apartment complex told her Bray and Grandinetti had been served with an eviction notice just prior to her arriving home for lunch.

DeBusk said because no one witnessed the vandalism to Allen’s vehicle, no charges are expected.

Grandinetti, a former manager with the Lady Vols basketball program, is now employed by UT’s business department as a technology integrated specialist, according to his LinkedIn page.

DeBusk said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch on Monday evening alerted UT Police Chief Troy Lane and football coach Derek Dooley about Bray’s alleged involvement in two incidents.

“We made them aware that he was a suspect in an incident — in two incidents,” DeBusk said.

Rausch alerted Dooley and the UT police chief because “we have a very good working relationship with UT,” DeBusk said, and also to determine Grandinetti’s status with the university.

UT associate athletic director for communications Jimmy Stanton told the News Sentinel that “Tyler was neither arrested nor evicted. And we have no further comment on the matter.”

This is the second offseason incident involving a UT football player. Sophomore tight end Cameron Clear was dismissed from the team in May after he was charged with theft of a laptop from a UT baseball player. He pleaded guilty last Friday in Knox County General Sessions Court to an amended charge of misdemeanor theft.

Bray, who has started parts of the past two seasons, is one of UT’s most prominent players. Last week, Dooley called him “the face of our offense” during SEC Football Media Days, which Bray also attended, in Hoover, Ala.

Bray missed five games with a fractured thumb last season and didn’t become a starter until the last five games of his freshman season. Yet, he already ranks seventh at UT with 35 career touchdown passes and ninth in career passing yardage.

Mock drafts project him as a first-round NFL pick if he chooses to leave school after his junior season. He has been named to preseason watch lists for the Danny O’Brien National Quarterback of the Year Award, Manning Award, Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.

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bluesandbarbq writes:

Warming up for the season I see.

CPU writes:

you cannot teach common sense
Common sense: equates to the knowledge and experience which most people already have, or which the person using the term believes that they do or should have. wikipedia...

Huttdawg100 writes:

This is not an issue. He's not been arrested. No charges have been brought up. This story comes from Feels Like 98, which is the same group that completely botched the Defensive Coordinator announcement; they ran a story saying that Randy Shannon had been selected as the new D Coordinator. This is poor, message board journalism on the part of Feels Like 98 and Adams. These guys are only looking for something bad to report. No story here.

rayt435 writes:

UT (University of Thugs) football is alive and well in TN.

laraccoon writes:

Worley

VOLet_parking writes:

He's loco

keithknoxvol writes:

According to Volquest.com (the people who really know whats going on at TN)have said this "RUMOR" has no legs. Will John Adams apologize if this story is untrue?

Huttdawg100 writes:

No guns, no drugs, no assault, no charges, no rape. No laws broken. He was workouts this morning getting ready to hang half-a-century on NC State and Florida. Calm down people.

RememberTheVols writes:

Let's see how fast Dooley sweeps this under the rug.

seaplane#216536 writes:

Does Penn State have any mature quarterbacks?

willblitz4bacon writes:

Was the beer domestic or imported? Was the bottle full or empty? Those are the questions we should be asking!
Im sure CDD will assess the situation. GBO VFL

murrayvol writes:

There's two sides to every story. Maybe they were Coke bottles.

laraccoon writes:

in response to RememberTheVols:

Let's see how fast Dooley sweeps this under the rug.

do you know how dumb that sounds?

AllVol311 writes:

at least he still has his accuracy

agentorange writes:

reminds me of that other qb mooning a trainer. typical college stuff, move along.

voldawg writes:

Two questions...how far was he throwing the beer bottle and was he hitting his target in stride?

UkJarhead writes:

Of course there is no arrest report. UT will cover up as long as it can. He was evicted. They don't evict people for no reason. He obviously lived there. Just more typical thug like behavior. We kicked our QB off the team right before the bowl game year before last for being drunk in public. He had never been in trouble but its the right thing to do. This will be covered up. Typical.

Central_IL_Vol writes:

in response to rayt435:

UT (University of Thugs) football is alive and well in TN.

This coming from a horse's rear of the highest order!

Stick your opinions where the sun don't shine!

madmaxvol writes:

She saw them throwing beer bottles off of their balcony (which was stupid), and she called the cops. Then she assumed that her broken windshield was the result of her calling the police.

I haven't seen anything in the article regarding the vandalism yet that isn't circumstantial. It is hard to tell, since the story is so poorly written.

UkJarhead writes:

in response to agentorange:

reminds me of that other qb mooning a trainer. typical college stuff, move along.

Mooning is the same as destruction of property? You must be the lawyer for NuKeese and Tyler Smith. Dumb....

ArmyDad writes:

in response to Huttdawg100:

No guns, no drugs, no assault, no charges, no rape. No laws broken. He was workouts this morning getting ready to hang half-a-century on NC State and Florida. Calm down people.

No laws broken? The story indicates that no charges have been filed yet. It remains to be seen if there will be charges filed or not.

Vandalism is very much against the law.

VOLFAN4LIFEgovols writes:

Well true or untrue this isnt a good start to the season. I know Bray is a kid that wants to have fun but he has to be careful who he associates with,cause with his talent he will go to the NFL if he can play a full season.
To me this sounds like a he say she say type story though cause it say on monday she went to her apartment to eat and 30 mins later came out and noticed her windshield was broke and called police but told em she thought it was in relation to bray throwing beer bottles a few nights ago. So they thru the bottles days earlier and she didnt call cops then and didnt notice anything wrong with her car til days later. Sounds sketchy to me, I know if I saw people throwing bottles from a balcony and my car was close I would check it that night at the latest the very next mourning.

thevoice writes:

Is this our QB? Better stop skipping those VFL classes.

baller writes:

It may be time for Bray's parents to move to Tennesse and keep him focused.

OrangeCrush writes:

There was not any damage to the vehicles, they were throwing bottles of lite beer...

snakeplissken writes:

in response to RememberTheVols:

Let's see how fast Dooley sweeps this under the rug.

Dooley can't try to hide this like he did Cameron Clear's thefts since this was outside UT. So much for leadership!

Smokeydog1 writes:

This cannot be true!

barefoot43 writes:

in response to UkJarhead:

Of course there is no arrest report. UT will cover up as long as it can. He was evicted. They don't evict people for no reason. He obviously lived there. Just more typical thug like behavior. We kicked our QB off the team right before the bowl game year before last for being drunk in public. He had never been in trouble but its the right thing to do. This will be covered up. Typical.

I am not sure why you think that it is "typical" that this will be covered up there Ace. I believe that your are reading about it in an article from that dandy cracker jack of a writer John Adams. Love that junior high journalism.

bigorangefan#314838 writes:

in response to keithknoxvol:

According to Volquest.com (the people who really know whats going on at TN)have said this "RUMOR" has no legs. Will John Adams apologize if this story is untrue?

Why should John Adams apologize?? His story is that Tyler Bray has been accused of this. According to the police report, he obviously has been accused. I didn't see anywhere in the article where it says Bray did it. There hasn't even been any charges filed at this point. It will be interesting to see if there are any eyewitnesses who come forward. If they don't, it sounds like a classic case of "he said, she said."

volinlouisvilleky writes:

in response to UkJarhead:

Mooning is the same as destruction of property? You must be the lawyer for NuKeese and Tyler Smith. Dumb....

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UkJarhead writes:

in response to barefoot43:

I am not sure why you think that it is "typical" that this will be covered up there Ace. I believe that your are reading about it in an article from that dandy cracker jack of a writer John Adams. Love that junior high journalism.

So John Adams made up the story? Or did the landlord that evicted Bray? Or the woman with a broken window? How bout the fact Bray said he would pay restitution? So who made up the story?

MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to agentorange:

reminds me of that other qb mooning a trainer. typical college stuff, move along.

This is a major issue. Bray is a very immature young kid who needs to grow up before he squanders a very prosperous future.

While Manning did moon the trainer, Bray has a history of immature decisions. Manning never slashed his throat or made loco symbols. Manning was a leader who commanded the respect of his teammates. You never heard any rumors about rampant weed use or tanking games with Manning.

Bray has the opportunity to make a lot of money if he keeps his head on straight. He has all of the physical tools to be a Top 5 pick. If he does not straighten out, he will be the next Ryan Mallett, a talented guy who slips 75 spots in the draft.

keithknoxvol writes:

Everyone other than John Adams are reporting that Bray has NOT been evicted. They are also reporting that witnesses are saying Bray had nothing to do with this. "Allen went into her apartment Monday to eat lunch about 1:10 p.m., according to the incident report. When she left her apartment about 30 minutes later, she saw that the front windshield of her car had been smashed. She estimated the damages at more than $500. She told police that she thought her car was damaged in retaliation for her calling the police on Bray and Grandinetti over the beer bottle incident "a couple nights ago." So she accused Bray and roommate and yet she nor anyone seen them do this?

DavidPollacksNeckBrace writes:

I can confirm Bray was visiting sick children in the hospital at the time this occurred. Model citizen. Championships comin.

Big_Orange_Aide writes:

in response to RememberTheVols:

Let's see how fast Dooley sweeps this under the rug.

You mean the way Dooley covered for Clear and Jackson? Oh wait, those guys got kicked off the team because bad behavior does get punished at UT. Try again. I'm not sure Dooley is the right guy either, but come on, he's not guilty of everything that happens at UT.

vollaw writes:

Latest from several real reporters (not JA), report several witnesses say Bray was not even there during incident and no charges will be filed. Someone will make restitution for window.

UkJarhead writes:

in response to volinlouisvilleky:

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Hypocritical? Do you know what that word means? We kicked our starting QB off the team 2 years ago right before our bowl game for drunk in public. No violence, first offense of any kind. He was top 5 in SEC. At least accuse us of cheating, not hypocrisy when it comes to discipline.

lostinoakridge writes:

in response to baller:

It may be time for Bray's parents to move to Tennesse and keep him focused.

They bought a house and moved here when he signed with UT , genius . I see the ' guilty until proven innocent ' crowd is well represented

Vol4EVA writes:

Real Vol fans, shhhhhh...no need to even speculate or comment until the facts are out...and even then, topics like this are really no one's business except for those involved...Let's talk football....

Go Big Orange! I'll hang up and listen to your comments

dirty_don writes:

I think i am done with this site. This story obviously is circumstantial at this time and may not be true in any form. Or it may be but it should not be reported at this time in this way. Meanwhile we signed a new player for this year and nothing is reported on this site and get a commitement from a linebacker and nothing is reported. If it is on 247 I do not count that. I am not paying for any website information that can be obtained freely elsewhere. Especially if it comes with the great quality work done here!!!

bigorangefan#314838 writes:

in response to keithknoxvol:

Everyone other than John Adams are reporting that Bray has NOT been evicted. They are also reporting that witnesses are saying Bray had nothing to do with this. "Allen went into her apartment Monday to eat lunch about 1:10 p.m., according to the incident report. When she left her apartment about 30 minutes later, she saw that the front windshield of her car had been smashed. She estimated the damages at more than $500. She told police that she thought her car was damaged in retaliation for her calling the police on Bray and Grandinetti over the beer bottle incident "a couple nights ago." So she accused Bray and roommate and yet she nor anyone seen them do this?

John Adams didn't report that Bray had been evicted, at least not in the above article... just sayin'

springtx_vol writes:

I can see the following:

Dooley: Did you do it Tyler?

Bray: Yes, sir.

Dooley: Write the check, see you at 4:00 am for the next month. Move on. As Dave Ramsey says, "We have done stupid, some of us simply have more zeros than others."

Bray: Yes, sir.

IF true, stupid. Doesn't get you kicked out of school, doesn't get you a criminal record, shouldn't get you kicked off the football team. IF true, Bray will pay more than a financial price.

If not true, move on, no story, someone just looking for fame. If Bray tries to lie his way out of it, ask Bruce about the results of that.

lostinoakridge writes:

in response to Vol4EVA:

Real Vol fans, shhhhhh...no need to even speculate or comment until the facts are out...and even then, topics like this are really no one's business except for those involved...Let's talk football....

Go Big Orange! I'll hang up and listen to your comments

Which one of Heather's pics do you have ? Your last sentence gave you away

bigal728 writes:

in response to Huttdawg100:

This is not an issue. He's not been arrested. No charges have been brought up. This story comes from Feels Like 98, which is the same group that completely botched the Defensive Coordinator announcement; they ran a story saying that Randy Shannon had been selected as the new D Coordinator. This is poor, message board journalism on the part of Feels Like 98 and Adams. These guys are only looking for something bad to report. No story here.

Dooley wil do whatever he can to keep this from any type of punishment from the law. He can't lose the only offensive hope he has.

volnbig11land writes:

WOW, JA just reached a new low.

Posted an article and less than an hour later, revised it.

Nice continue of rag mag writing kns.....

AdvocateOfTruth writes:

in response to Huttdawg100:

No guns, no drugs, no assault, no charges, no rape. No laws broken. He was workouts this morning getting ready to hang half-a-century on NC State and Florida. Calm down people.

"No laws broken."

You might want to stick to sports commentary because you are certainly not an expert on Tennessee law. See T.C.A. § 39-14-408. Someone broke a law, and according to the victim (as quoted by John Adams), it was allegedly Bray and Grandinetti.

min32926#266113 writes:

I hope this isn't true.

baller writes:

in response to lostinoakridge:

They bought a house and moved here when he signed with UT , genius . I see the ' guilty until proven innocent ' crowd is well represented

little nippy dog, then may be time for son to move in with the parents.

peerlessvolfan writes:

Time to man up and grow up.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say Peyton mooned someone...Witch Doctor say college kids big whoop. Witch Doctor say the "old-men" on this site must have been saintly..geez
Bones never lie.

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