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Two Tennessee footbal players arrested on alcohol-related charges

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson and defensive lineman Danny O’Brien were arrested on alcohol-related charges and resisting arrest, authorities said Sunday. Officers received a call about a loud party at the apartment of former Tennessee linebacker Dontavis Sapp, 22, who was also taken into custody with Johnson, 22, and O’Brien, 20, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said.

Johnson, a first-team all-Southeastern Conference selection last season, was charged with purchasing alcohol for a person underage and resisting arrest. O’Brien, a reserve nose tackle as a redshirt freshman last season, was charged with criminal impersonation, resisting arrest and underage consumption of alcohol.

O’Brien “had a very strong odor of alcohol on his breath and became combative” as an officer tried to take him into custody, according to the arrest report, which did not provide details about the other arrests.

Sapp was also charged with resisting arrest and buying alcohol for a person underage. All three have been released. The players phone numbers were unlisted and it’s unclear if they have attorneys.

Tennessee coach Butch Jones said in a statement he’s aware of the situation and is gathering facts.
“We have very high standards and expectations within our football program at the University of Tennessee, and appropriate action will be taken,” he said.

Johnson made a team-high 106 tackles last fall in his third season as a starter. He had 138 tackles in 2012 and ranked fourth among all Football Bowl Subdivision players with 11.5 tackles per game. Johnson announced last month he would return for his senior season rather than entering the NFL Draft.

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  1. David

    Young men acting the fool.

  2. coldspringmike

    I think Tennessee just lost a SEC 1st. teamer to the NFL.

  3. TheProfessor

    “We have very high standards and expectations within our football program at the University of Tennessee, and appropriate action will be taken,” he said.

    The name of the coach changes, the message remains the same. The “appropriate action” will be a public statement of disappointment and reprimand, and a suspension, if any, will be for an indefinite period that will surely end before the Vols play a game in which then need these players.

  4. Jack M

    Professor, surely you jest.

    Yes, it is true that the eight thugs that kicked two men in the head while they were down that could (and probably should have) been charged with attempted murder didn’t even get parking tickets there was ONE of them suspended from the big game against Tennessee Martin.

    The game was tied for several DAYS before it started, and TU had to rally to pull out the 52-0 squeaker.

    As I stated on another post UT is going to rue the day they fired Dooley, he had a law degree.

  5. Write 'em Down!

    “The game was tied for several DAYS before it started, and TU had to rally to pull out the 52-0 squeaker.”

    He-he-he! Great stuff, Jack M. But do you really believe UT will chomp on bitter herbs for the day when it fired the law-totin’ Dooley? Cause I’m wondering myself if, given the nature of things and big-time SEC football programs in general, ol’ UT might not have had a few folks with law degrees itself, hanging around on staff somewheres or other.

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