2 current UT football players, 1 former arrested - WKRN News 2

2 current UT football players, 1 former arrested

Posted: Updated: Feb 10, 2014 11:42 AM
Dontavis Sapp, 22 (Courtesy: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Dontavis Sapp, 22 (Courtesy: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Daniel O'Brien, 20 (Courtesy: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Daniel O'Brien, 20 (Courtesy: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Alexander Johnson, 22 (Courtesy: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Alexander Johnson, 22 (Courtesy: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

Two current football players and one former player at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville were arrested early Sunday morning on alcohol-related charges, among others.

The players were among an estimated 90 people at a party at the Quarry Trail Apartments in Knoxville.

Officers responded to the apartment complex around Midnight and spoke with Dontavis Sapp, a senior and former member of the UT football, who reportedly said he would "quiet the party down."

Police said the music was turned back up as they were leaving, so they issued another warning before leaving the premises.

Approximately 40 minutes later, authorities received another call about a fight outside the complex.

Upon their return, they spoke with 20-year-old sophomore Daniel O'Brien, who is accused of giving officers a fake ID indicating he was 21.

An affidavit stated O'Brien smelled of alcohol and struggled when police attempted to take him into custody.

O'Brien, a defensive lineman at UT, was charged with criminal impersonation, resisting arrest, and underage consumption of alcohol.

Sapp and a second student, 22-year-old junior linebacker Alexander Johnson, were arrested for purchasing alcohol for a minor and resisting arrest.

All three students bonded out of jail around 8 a.m. Sunday.

In a statement regarding the arrests Sunday, UT head coach Butch Jones said, "We are aware of the situation and are still in the preliminary stages of gathering all facts and information. We have very high standards and expectations within our football program at the University of Tennessee, and appropriate action will be taken."

In addition to the arrests, seven other Tennessee football players at the party were cited.

A police report filed by the Knox County Sheriff's Office states that linebackers Curt Maggitt, Jakob Johnson and Jalen Reeves-Maybin were cited for providing alcohol to underage people. Offensive lineman Dontavius Blair, defensive lineman Malik Brown, cornerback Justin Coleman and defensive end Dimarya Mixon were cited for underage consumption.
The arrests of Johnson, Sapp and O'Brien were announced Sunday morning. The citations of the other players were revealed when the police report was released late Sunday evening.
Knox County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Hillary Coward told the Associated Press that people who receive citations are given a later booking date rather than being taken into custody immediately.

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