Charges against Tennessee defensive tackle Danny O’Brien and former linebacker Dontavis Sapp will be dismissed if they meet certain requirements over the next six months, a Knox County General Sessions Court clerk said on Thursday.
O’Brien and Sapp were among 12 current or former players arrested or cited after an on-campus party on Feb. 8.
O’Brien, charged with underage consumption, resisting arrest and presenting a fake ID, agreed to pay court costs and submit to an alcohol assessment. He also must perform 40 hours of community service, according to defense attorney Gregory P. Isaacs, who represents both young men.
If O’Brien completes the requirements, the charges will be dismissed at his next hearing on Aug. 14.
Sapp, charged with providing alcohol to underage people and resisting arrest, agreed to a similar resolution. The alcohol charge was dismissed Thursday, Isaacs said.
Sapp faces 32 hours of community service, according to Isaacs. If he complies with his court obligations, his case will be dismissed in six months, according to Isaacs.
“Both individuals are pleased that this matter has been concluded,” Isaacs told the News Sentinel.
Linebacker A.J. Johnson, who also faces charges of resisting arrest and providing alcohol to underage people, is due for his first court appearance on Friday. He could receive a similar resolution of his case.
Most of the Tennessee players who were cited, but not arrested, for underage consumption of alcohol, will appear on Feb. 27.
The current and former players were among 24 people arrested or cited when Knox County Sheriff’s deputies broke up a loud party at the Quarry Trail Apartments on Eddington Road.
The arrests were the first of Tennessee coach Butch Jones’ tenure. He said he was “embarrassed” by the arrests and would respond appropriately after gathering information.
O’Brien, a sophomore from Flint, Mich., was a reserve lineman in 2013 and could compete for a starting job this spring.
Sapp started all 12 games as a senior in 2013 and was frequently praised by Jones as a team leader.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.