“It’s not who we are,” Jones said during an appearance on The Sports Animal 99.1 FM on Monday.
Jones also reiterated his statement from Sunday that he was gathering facts and would take “appropriate measures” once he had all the information.
Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested linebacker A.J. Johnson for providing alcohol to minors and resisting arrest. Defensive tackle Danny O’Brien was charged with resisting arrest, underage consumption of alcohol and false impersonation for providing a fake ID.
Arrest warrants say Johnson provided marijuana to partygoers and that marijuana residue was found on a pipe in the apartment that Johnson shared with current players Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Curtis Maggitt and Jakob Johnson and former player Dontavis Sapp. However, no one was charged with a drug offense.
Reeves-Maybin, Maggitt and Jakob Johnson were cited for providing alcohol to minors. Four other current players — Dontavius Blair, Justin Coleman, Malik Brown and Dimarya Mixon — were cited for underage consumption of alcohol.
Sapp, who was charged with providing alcohol to minors and resisting arrest, will make his initial court appearances on Feb. 20, the same day as O’Brien. A.J. Johnson’s court date is Feb. 21.
Court information for the players issued citations was not yet available Monday.
Few players have referenced the arrests on social media, but offensive lineman Antonio “Tiny” Richardson, who is preparing for the NFL draft, defended his teammates.
“I’ve had enough of people talking about the situation from this weekend. Those are my former teammates who made a mistake!” Richardson wrote. “Get a life, people.”
One photo posted on Twitter by a resident Sunday morning showed 12 squad cars at the Quarry Trail apartments off Edington Road and some witnesses told the News Sentinel there were even more at the scene.
Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Hillary Coward declined to say whether deputies add extra manpower to target parties on Friday or Saturday nights, as staffing levels are not revealed for safety reasons.
Deputies were originally called for a noise complaint but returned, in greater force, when there were reports of a fight at the same location.
Incident reports don’t reveal who was involved in the fight, and Coward said no arrests were made for fighting.
The operation netted a total of 24 arrests and citations, Coward said. That’s one fewer than the News Sentinel reported on Monday, because deputies say one of those arrested, Kadarrius Dorney, initially gave a false name.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.