Attempted robbery victim: UT players should stay on team

Attempted robbery victim: UT players should stay on team

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"I think they should still be able to play football, regardless," Corey B. Zickefoose said. "I think they should still be able to play football, regardless," Corey B. Zickefoose said.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- One of the men police said was a victim of an attempted armed robbery by three UT football players told 6 News Thursday he thinks they should stay on the team.

Corey B. Zickefoose, 20, said he was sitting in the driver's seat of a 1998 Hyundai Elantra on Cumberland Ave. when one of the players pulled a gun and demanded money.

But that's not enough to prevent the players from being kicked off the team, he told 6 News.

"I think they should still be able to play football, regardless," he said. "Tennessee is my place. It's my football team."

"Even after they put a gun in your face, you say let them play football?" 6 News asked.

"Yeah, it's Tennessee. That's the way it is sometimes," Zickefoose said.

The three freshmen football players, defensive back Janzen Jackson, 19, wide receiver Nu'Keese Richardson, 19, and defensive back Michael Edwards, 18, were arrested early Thursday on three charges of attempted armed robbery.

Marie Montmarquet, 21, was also charged with attempted armed robbery, as well as some drug-related offenses.

Police say the players attempted to rob at gunpoint Zickefoose and two friends, Benjamin J. Everett, 20, and Corey M. Smith, 18, of Maryville. The three victims are not UT students.

"The guy jumps out of the passenger seat, runs up and just swings open my door like this and stuck a gun in my face like that," Zickefoose said.

"You weren't scared at all?" 6 News asked.

"No," Zickefoose said.

"A guy is pointing a gun in your face and you aren't scared?" 6 News asked.

"No, I knew I didn't have any money or nothing. I just know how it is. a lot of people do stupid stuff," Zickefoose said.

"Did you know the guys? Did you know they were football players?" 6 News asked.

"Nope. I had no idea," Zickefoose said, adding that he had never seen them before.

Zickefoose believes he may have been targeted because of the stereo system in his car.

He said the incident wasn't part of a drug deal and claims he and his friends were only at the gas station to buy cigarettes.

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