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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.