Officers assaulted in bar brawl; Vols football player charged

Officers assaulted in bar brawl; Vols football player charged

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Da'Rick Rogers (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Da'Rick Rogers (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Darren Myles (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Darren Myles (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Knoxville police Officer Robert Capouellez (source: Knoxville Police Department) Knoxville police Officer Robert Capouellez (source: Knoxville Police Department)
Gary Russell (source: Facebook) Gary Russell (source: Facebook)
UT police Officer Brian Greenlee UT police Officer Brian Greenlee

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - After an off-duty Knoxville policeman, a UT police officer and another man were assaulted outside a bar early Friday morning, one of the two Vols players facing charges was dismissed.

Head coach Derek Dooley said Friday evening that Darren Myles was kicked off the team, and two other players, sophomore linebacker Marlon Walls and sophomore linebacker Greg King, are indefinitely suspended.

Walls is from Olive Branch, Mississippi and King is from Memphis.

To read the police reports, click here.

Who's charged

Knoxville police charged wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers, 19, a recent Vol recruit from Calhoun, Georgia, with disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor, and resisting arrest, a class B misdemeanor.

Rogers signed with the Vols this year after initially committing to Georgia. He's not listed on the Vols roster yet.

Former freshman defensive back Darren Myles, of Atlanta, is charged with assaulting a UT police officer, resisting arrest and evading arrest.

Myles was released later Friday on a $1,000 bond and Rogers was released on a $1,000 bond.

Who was identified at the scene

A UT police report says that two other UT football players, Denarius Moore, 21, and Matt Milton, 18, were identified at the scene as being involved, but they haven't been charged.

The report, which was released Friday afternoon, says, "Charges are pending on Matthew Milton for assault." However, UT officials said later Friday that police don't expect to charge Milton.

Moore is a starting senior wide receiver from Tatum, Texas and Milton is a freshman wide receiver from Mascoutah, Illinois.

According to the UT police report, UT student John Brown, 22, and Jerrain R. Talley, of Athens, were also identified at the scene as being involved, but not charged. Talley doesn't attend UT.

Officers who were assaulted

The injured off-duty Knoxville policeman is Officer Robert Capouellez, 24. Officials at UT Medical Center say he's in serious condition after sustaining head injuries.

Officer Capouellez's brother, Todd, told the Sports Animal in an interview Friday morning he didn't know who pushed him down.

Todd said his brother "...has a small cut to the back of his head, a couple inches. He has a small fracture to the back of his head to the occipital portion of his lobe and he has a small...there is some injury to the front of his head."

Officer Capouellez, who was a Marine, started with the police department in 2008.

UT police Officer Brian Greenlee was hit under the eye by Darren Myles.

Other man who was assaulted

Another man in the bar, Gary Russell, 20, was treated and released from UT Medical Center after multiple injuries. Police said Russell initially got into a fight with a player and then other players jumped in.

The incident

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The incident started just before 2:00 a.m. at Bar Knoxville at 1820 Cumberland Avenue on the UT Strip.

The attorney representing freshman defensive tackle Montori Hughes, 19, said Friday afternoon that the incident began when an unknown patron at the bar attacked Hughes without being provoked.

Gregory P. Isaacs, who's representing Hughes, said his client hasn't been interviewed or charged in this case. Isaacs also said no charges are anticipated against Hughes, who played in all 13 games last season.

As the players were being led out of the bar, off-duty Officer Robert Capouellez, who was outside, got involved, and the players allegedly started beating him up.

Police officials say Capouellez was found lying on the ground unconscious when officers arrived at the scene. Witnesses say he was hit on the head and knocked to the ground. He was then kicked several times.

A police affidavit says when officers attempted to handcuff Da'Rick Rogers, he refused to put his hands behind his back and tried to turn around.

The affidavit says officers put Rogers on the ground, but he still wouldn't put his hands behind his back. Police finally took him into custody.

UT police Officer Brian Greenlee responded to the scene, and was directed toward a group of men he heard had assaulted a Knoxville police officer.

After Officer Greenlee approached the group, Darren Myles fled on foot southbound toward Lake Avenue. Officer Greenlee caught up to Myles on Lake Avenue, but Myles slipped from his grip and struck him with his elbow under the officer's left eye.

Police said Myles continued to resist arrest and ran north toward Cumberland Avenue. Officers found him hiding under a white BMW parked behind the old Days Inn building, but he ran east on Lake Avenue.

Myles then ran behind the Howard Baker building, through the breezeway of Greve Hall, and turned north toward Henson Hall. Officers found him hiding in bushes next to Henson and arrested him.

Bar Knoxville owner Sandy Morton says around seven to 10 UT football players were involved, and she recognized some of them, but didn't know their names.

Morton says the bar always gives VIP status to the football players, and she told the Chattanooga Free Press that means they pay no cover at the door.

She says she was forced to shut the bar down early as a result of the incident.

Bar Knoxville handed over its VIP list to police, but it was not released to the media.

Police said six men were detained overnight for questioning after being identified as involved in the brawl. All but one are students at UT.

Ex-player arrested in past

Darren Myles was arrested in April and charged with two misdemeanors for disorderly conduct and underage consumption in an incident at Sobu on Kingston Pike.

At that time, coach Dooley decided not to suspend Myles for the incident. His punishment was handled internally.

Coach Dooley

Coach Dooley cut his vacation short and returned to Knoxville Friday to deal with the incident at the bar.

In a press conference Friday night, Dooley said, "Our standard of conduct is much greater than what the legal standard is. "Just because I suspended somebody doesn't necessarily mean they broke the law."

He went on to say, There have been enough incidents to know that we can't just stick our heads in the sand and say, We're really okay. We're going to be hurt by this on the field competitively. A lot of people are hurt by this."

Later, Dooley said on Twitter, "It's a tough day for the Vols, but we will learn, grow, and never forget that playing and working for Tennessee is a privilege, not a right."

Here's the full statement Dooley released Friday evening:

"It is a privilege, not a right, to be a member of the University of Tennessee football team. The most important responsibility of that privilege is to properly represent this institution and our supporters on and off the field.

I am disappointed and in many ways embarrassed by the poor judgment displayed on many fronts by several members of our football team last night.

Although we are still gathering all the facts and some legal proceedings will follow, we have taken some initial levels of discipline resulting from my conversations with the student-athletes who were present.   

Darren Myles has been permanently dismissed from our football program. Marlon Walls and Greg King have been indefinitely suspended.

I am respectful of the process that follows with the local authorities and with our institutional guidelines and leadership.

As I have referenced on many occasions, a change in culture is achieved in time through a combination of education, discipline and support. We will aggressively continue to build on the many positive changes that have occurred over the last five months to ensure our program is represented with class and dignity.

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