Kenny Hall won't be suspended following arrest

Kenny Hall answers questions from the media Monday afternoon, Feb. 4, 2013,  at Thompson-Boling Arena.

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Kenny Hall answers questions from the media Monday afternoon, Feb. 4, 2013, at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Tennessee men’s basketball player Kenny Hall was arrested Tuesday morning for driving under a suspended license.

Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin told the News Sentinel late Tuesday that the senior will not be suspended and will be in uniform for Wednesday night’s game against Georgia.

Earlier in the day, in an official statement to the News Sentinel, UT spokesman Tom Satkowiak said, “The staff and administration are aware of the situation and handling it internally.”

The arrest report from Knox County Sheriff’s Office, obtained by the News Sentinel on Tuesday afternoon, revealed that Kenneth Michael McElrath was pulled over for driving 70 miles per hour on Alcoa Highway at 5:05 a.m. The speed limit is 55.

In the university’s online directory and the program’s media guide, Hall’s full name is Kenneth Michael Hall. In the arrest report, Kenneth Michael McElrath is the name provided.

According to Satkowiak, McElrath is Hall’s legal name stemming from his biological father. He instead uses his mother Kimberly Hall’s last name. Hall also travels under the McElrath name on flights.

According the report, Hall’s license is suspended for “failure to satisfy and failure to appear.” Following the arrest, Hall’s car was towed from the corner of Alcoa Highway and Barber Lane and he was taken into custody.

According to a Knoxville General Sessions Court, Hall’s warrant will be unavailable until Wednesday or Thursday. He was processed in court and released on bonded arraignment Tuesday morning.

The arrest was first reported by VolQuest.com.

Hall, a 6-foot-9 senior, is averaging 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native is coming off his best game of the season, a 14-point, five-rebound outing in a 73-60 loss at Arkansas last Saturday.

Hall averaged 6.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as a junior in 19 games before being suspended for the final 15 games of the season. Reasons for the suspension were never disclosed.

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men’s basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn

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Comments » 59

ccantrell#227456 writes:

Waisting INK...
Not a story worth reporting.
Just a student not taking of his personal house.

needa_momma writes:

Why couldn't the cops handle this without grandstanding? SMH.

panther37849 writes:

in response to needa_momma:

Why couldn't the cops handle this without grandstanding? SMH.

Most likely he went to jail because he was giving the officer some lip. Just speculating though. It seems that it would most likely just be a ticket in most cases. Probably more to the story than what we know. I'd think if you were courteous to the officer and treated them with respect you would find yourself walking away from this rather than going to jail. Also, we don't know what kind of previous charges he has or doesn't have regarding this same problem.

cobragolfer writes:

Slap on the wrist, back on the court.
Typical routine.

samvol writes:

in response to panther37849:

Most likely he went to jail because he was giving the officer some lip. Just speculating though. It seems that it would most likely just be a ticket in most cases. Probably more to the story than what we know. I'd think if you were courteous to the officer and treated them with respect you would find yourself walking away from this rather than going to jail. Also, we don't know what kind of previous charges he has or doesn't have regarding this same problem.

or the cop is a racist that hates jocks. just speculating though.

AlpharettaVol writes:

The question is: why was his license suspended in the first place?

chipmurphy461 writes:

D@mnit Kenny

VictorKruger writes:

Some of you may not remember that Kenny was suspended for the last several games last season. The reason for last season's suspension was never publicly disclosed. If his past suspension-causing transgressions are also what caused his license to get suspended, he could be kicked off the team again. I wouldn't casually dismiss this.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I'm not even curious why Kenny did this. We can assume he IS guilty of the driving with a suspended license. Why the police officer arrested him is the issue. None of us know at this point.
Golly. there's no story here at this point either.

etu_vol_fan writes:

They should of arrested him after the home Ole Miss loss for impersonating a basketball player. No points and no rebounds.

Samuel_L_Salma_GataBait_HowBoutDemCowboys_BlueWaffles88 writes:

I drive on IllKillYaHighway at least six days a week. You're a fool for even driving that fast out there. Luckily he wasn't out there drinking and driving.

kyvol98 writes:

I was taken to jail (in KY)for driving on a suspended license (clerical error)as I was pulled over for speeding. I didn't commit any major offense or show the cop any disrespect. He just did what he was told to do for someone driving on a suspended license.

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

in response to samvol:

or the cop is a racist that hates jocks. just speculating though.

I love the jumps people make. So lets just forget the facts, and jump to racism. Did race make HIM miss his first court date? Was his race to blame for his failure to show up for court? Should I be like you and millions of others and jump into stereotypes too? Maybe he was stoned and forgot? Maybe his pants hung too low and he couldn't walk fast enough to make it to court?

Ignorance is bliss I guess.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say this is filed under "things you learn at that age" and if smart, then they dont repeat. Witch Doctor got a FTA at around that age and then figured these things dont go away and you take care of. Witch Doctor crime free since! lol
Bones never lie.

murrayvol writes:

in response to needa_momma:

Why couldn't the cops handle this without grandstanding? SMH.

It's not the cops. They have to file a report which becomes a matter of public record, which the media gleans daily for any eye-catching names i.e. athletes, pols, or celebrities. Kenny's name caught their eye.

cdtnladyvols931#663910 writes:

in response to needa_momma:

Why couldn't the cops handle this without grandstanding? SMH.

They wanted to show more authority than they had! It was probably one of them Big Know it All cops!

TheFuj writes:

5:05am? Class sure begins early nowadays.

CelestialCitizen writes:

in response to etu_vol_fan:

They should of arrested him after the home Ole Miss loss for impersonating a basketball player. No points and no rebounds.

Beautiful.

Rumblefish writes:

5:05 am....nice lil party!

And some folks on here seemed to have missed the point in the story (or KNS updated later, as they always do) he was taken into custody for a prior "failure to appear" and "failure to satisfy" a previous charge. My guess...had got caught with something, and didn't show for the trial and never paid the fine associated with it.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Please suspend him along with his license..

lomas98 writes:

Was it Kenneth Mcelrath or Kenneth Hall that had that good of a game against Arkansas. Which one was it against Ole Miss this season? Maybe that is why the inconsistency from him. When they say it depends on the Kenny who shows up, it is meant literally. Come on Mcelrath.

Luckily they didn't find any substance in the car. Rumor is that is what he was suspended for last year. Based on past history with basketball players getting pulled over and only having a suspended license is nothing.

Still wonder why different name on the license.

TheSmokyMountainThatRides writes:

in response to tnoutlaw2001#228008:

I love the jumps people make. So lets just forget the facts, and jump to racism. Did race make HIM miss his first court date? Was his race to blame for his failure to show up for court? Should I be like you and millions of others and jump into stereotypes too? Maybe he was stoned and forgot? Maybe his pants hung too low and he couldn't walk fast enough to make it to court?

Ignorance is bliss I guess.

actually you missed samvol's point all together. his post was in response to the first guy saying that his speculation was that hall gave the copper lip. i'm sure tounge was planted firmly to cheek. so yes ignorance is bliss. proven by you.

MONGOloveSHERIFFbart writes:

You are going straight to jail in the State of Tennessee for driving on a susupended and/or revoked liscence. It doesn't matter if the cop was racist or Kenny got lippy. This is automatic in Tennessee and Kentucky.

weliketoliealot writes:

I'm sure giving the fake name to the cop didn't help him either. He should have just said his name was Ron Mexico.
"Hall's full name is Kenneth Michael Hall. In the arrest report, Kenneth Michael McElrath is the name provided."

jt45 writes:

in response to MONGOloveSHERIFFbart:

You are going straight to jail in the State of Tennessee for driving on a susupended and/or revoked liscence. It doesn't matter if the cop was racist or Kenny got lippy. This is automatic in Tennessee and Kentucky.

I wondered how long it would take for someone to notice that, and the FTA is an automatic as well under most circumstances. Of course you know how folks like to speculate and all.

ArmyDad writes:

in response to needa_momma:

Why couldn't the cops handle this without grandstanding? SMH.

How did the Knox County Sheriff's Department grandstand? They held no press conference. The News-Sentinel obtained the arrest report using the freedom of information act. The KCSD had no choice but to provide them with it. Hall was treated just like any other person who violated the laws that Hall is charged with violating.

FWBVol writes:

Legend has it that when a certain Benard King was playing for Tennessee in the mid-1970s he was pulled over for erractic driving. The officers did a couple of the field sobriety tests and determined that he wasn't drunk and it was safe for him to drive such as it was. They told him they would follow him back to Gibbs to assure he would arrive at the dorm safely.

The first side street King comes to he makes a quick turn and leads the officers on what turned out to be a wild goose chase around Knoxville that included, at times driving speeds that were about the posted limit. King and the officers eventually arrived at Gibbs Hall taking three or four times as long as it should have to get there.

When the officers were questioned why the didn't give King a ticket or arrest him they replied, "We didn't tell him which way to take back to the dorm or how fast to drive while getting there."

Things have changed in the last 40 years. And even if the legend is wrong, it still makes for a great story.

TeamXer writes:

in response to MOD_4_MY_DAY_JOB:

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No discipline needed from Coach Zo on this one. The embarrassment of being in the paper should be enough. At least he was sober. I'll bet there are at least 10,000 people in Knox county who are driving without a license or insurance.

weliketoliealot writes:

I hope Hound Dogs gets McElrath shirts in fast enough for Wednesday's game! Where did he come up with such a terrible fake name?

Horace writes:

in response to samvol:

or the cop is a racist that hates jocks. just speculating though.

Immediately Jump on the race card; grow up and get a life, dude! You're part of the problem and not the solution!

bUTch_please writes:

It's 5 in the morning. There are...what... a couple dozen cars on Alcoa Hwy? Driving 70 with a suspended license when driving 55 makes you invisible. Already talked to the judge one time and ignored the opportunity to square that up.

Dense. No other word for it. Dense.

dwolfcreek#397971 writes:

in response to AlpharettaVol:

The question is: why was his license suspended in the first place?

READ

alfrizzle097 writes:

in response to bUTch_please:

It's 5 in the morning. There are...what... a couple dozen cars on Alcoa Hwy? Driving 70 with a suspended license when driving 55 makes you invisible. Already talked to the judge one time and ignored the opportunity to square that up.

Dense. No other word for it. Dense.

Perhaps it is an unpaid speeding ticket that his license was suspended for and he didn't get the mail for any number of reasons....

Seems unlikely, but I didn't know that my license was suspended for a $10 ticket in Cumberland county that the mailed fine was misplaced for. Was lucky the UT parking are overzealous with the towing and I found it out when I went to get my car.

bUTch_please writes:

in response to alfrizzle097:

Perhaps it is an unpaid speeding ticket that his license was suspended for and he didn't get the mail for any number of reasons....

Seems unlikely, but I didn't know that my license was suspended for a $10 ticket in Cumberland county that the mailed fine was misplaced for. Was lucky the UT parking are overzealous with the towing and I found it out when I went to get my car.

Not saying that you were not caught unawares.... but... every moving violation ticket I've received, a handful so far, have had the court (appearance) date on the back, which all of the citing officers were polite enough to make sure I was informed at the time of the citation(s). So no need to wait for the mail.

Driving 70 in a 55 zone is an art. You have to be aware of the traffic volume (too little traffic and you can't hide - too much and it's reckless) and your head has to be on a swivel for law enforcement vehicles.

So... not knowing all the facts... it appears that Mr Hall (or whoever) doesn't have highway awareness. Judging from his "minutes played-to-fouls received ratio", Mr Hall (or whoever) doesn't exhibit court or ref awareness either. But give the young man his props, this time there was nothing else in the car and he wasn't impaired, so I guess we'll take our victories where we find 'em.

jt45 writes:

in response to bUTch_please:

It's 5 in the morning. There are...what... a couple dozen cars on Alcoa Hwy? Driving 70 with a suspended license when driving 55 makes you invisible. Already talked to the judge one time and ignored the opportunity to square that up.

Dense. No other word for it. Dense.

Couple dozen cars on Alcoa highway ? Are you serious ? I take it you havent been on alcoa highway much, its never empty of traffic and the average speed of morning traffic is second only to Pellissippi Parkway (Pellissippi Raceway) wich I take every morning. There are however hotspots for the local Barneys wich he should have been aware of. The ticket thing is just a young and irresponsible mistake and happens to many youngsters.

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to bUTch_please:

It's 5 in the morning. There are...what... a couple dozen cars on Alcoa Hwy? Driving 70 with a suspended license when driving 55 makes you invisible. Already talked to the judge one time and ignored the opportunity to square that up.

Dense. No other word for it. Dense.

Wasn't this guy talking about mental toughness in a printed interview the other day? I stopped being a fan of his in his junior year when I saw he just wasn't gonna improve his game and would just waste his athletic talent. I'm afraid your diagnosis of him may, sad to say it, just be true.

SevenT writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Please suspend him along with his license..

Fulmer Cup

bUTch_please writes:

in response to jt45:

Couple dozen cars on Alcoa highway ? Are you serious ? I take it you havent been on alcoa highway much, its never empty of traffic and the average speed of morning traffic is second only to Pellissippi Parkway (Pellissippi Raceway) wich I take every morning. There are however hotspots for the local Barneys wich he should have been aware of. The ticket thing is just a young and irresponsible mistake and happens to many youngsters.

Drove Alcoa Hwy every weekday as a commuter student to UT and 6 days a week before Pellissippi opened as a long-time Blount Co resident..soooo.. a 40 plus year intimate relationship with Alcoa Hwy.

5 AM on a weekday morning you'll have a dozen cars or so on your stretch. Maybe. 7 AM on a weekday morning and your looking at the tail lights of a couple hundred. Easily.

True, the ticket thing is a mistake that happens to hundreds of youngsters daily WHICH is a small life lesson in the grand scheme.

But a soon-to-graduate UT student/athlete who has allowed his license to be suspended by not being responsible enough to show up and say "I'm sorry" to the judge, then cruise down the 55 at 70..not. so. much.

samvol writes:

in response to VolunteerLifer:

Wasn't this guy talking about mental toughness in a printed interview the other day? I stopped being a fan of his in his junior year when I saw he just wasn't gonna improve his game and would just waste his athletic talent. I'm afraid your diagnosis of him may, sad to say it, just be true.

it must have been nice for you to be a perfect 20-22 and 23 year old.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to SevenT:

Fulmer Cup

Wasn't it a bunch of mildcats that got liquored up drove and killed some teammates??

Reflections writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Legend has it that when a certain Benard King was playing for Tennessee in the mid-1970s he was pulled over for erractic driving. The officers did a couple of the field sobriety tests and determined that he wasn't drunk and it was safe for him to drive such as it was. They told him they would follow him back to Gibbs to assure he would arrive at the dorm safely.

The first side street King comes to he makes a quick turn and leads the officers on what turned out to be a wild goose chase around Knoxville that included, at times driving speeds that were about the posted limit. King and the officers eventually arrived at Gibbs Hall taking three or four times as long as it should have to get there.

When the officers were questioned why the didn't give King a ticket or arrest him they replied, "We didn't tell him which way to take back to the dorm or how fast to drive while getting there."

Things have changed in the last 40 years. And even if the legend is wrong, it still makes for a great story.

Do you know any stories about King and escapades at the Maltese Falcon??

iowavol writes:

in response to Horace:

Immediately Jump on the race card; grow up and get a life, dude! You're part of the problem and not the solution!

I've never seen such stupid comments posted as a reply to an excellent rebuttal to an even stupider comment. Go back and read the first post and try to understand what samvol is saying. It has nothing to do with being a racist.

bUTch_please writes:

in response to Reflections:

Do you know any stories about King and escapades at the Maltese Falcon??

Relax. It's been 35 years. I'm sure your secret is safe.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to iowavol:

I've never seen such stupid comments posted as a reply to an excellent rebuttal to an even stupider comment. Go back and read the first post and try to understand what samvol is saying. It has nothing to do with being a racist.

Yep, stupidity isn't segregated.

claiborneh writes:

Maybe he won't get pulled over at 5:30 in the morning anymore when his "mental toughness increases"

gillblog writes:

in response to TheFuj:

5:05am? Class sure begins early nowadays.

Most certainly he was headed to the library.

TommyJack writes:

in response to MOD_4_MY_DAY_JOB:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

The Uncle Tom reference is disgusting.

volsindallas writes:

in response to ccantrell#227456:

Waisting INK...
Not a story worth reporting.
Just a student not taking of his personal house.

couldn't agree with you more
GO VOLS

packagestore writes:

how is he getting around now?

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to packagestore:

how is he getting around now?

Walking, like he does with the bb..

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