Smith dismissed from Vols after DUI arrest

Smith dismissed from Vols after DUI arrest

August 2, 2006

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer dismissed freshman tight end Joseph Lee Smith from the team Wednesday after the player was arrested for DUI on the UT campus.

Smith was released on bond Wednesday from the Knox County Jail.

Smith, 18, is also at the center of an alleged sex scandal and grade tampering investigation with a school administrator.

In announcing the player's dismissal from the team, Fulmer said through a university release, "I have great respect for the Smith family and for Daryl as a former Volunteer. It is my sincere hope that this will be an opportunity for Lee to mature and get his life in order."

In the same release, Fulmer announced that redshirt freshman Marsalous Johnson was suspended for the first four games of the season following his arrest Sunday on charges related to an incident with an off-duty officer on Interstate 40.

UT police officers arrested Smith around 4:00 a.m. Wednesday on Johnny Majors Drive. He was driving a Sierra pickup truck and had a female passenger with him. She was not arrested.

The UT police report says an officer found Smith behind the wheel in his truck after responding to a call about a possible drunk driver in the Fraternity Row area.

The arresting officer said the truck was initially on the sidewalk of Johnny Majors Drive at Pat Head Summitt Street. The truck drove off, heading east.

Police say Smith did not respond at first when they turned on his lights but then pulled over into a parking space, hitting a car in front of him. There was no apparent damage to the car.

After he got out of the truck, the officers say they noticed a strong smell of alcohol on his breath. He also had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet.

Smith was arrested after failing four field sobriety tests. He refused to take a breathalyzer.

Smith's family did not want to talk about the arrest on camera, but their attorney, Don Bosch, issued this statement. "This is a difficult time for Lee and his family because of the untrue allegations that are swirling around him concerning his time at Powell High School. As for the DUI allegation, at this time we have no comment but will discuss it at the appropriate time."

A football standout from Powell, Smith was on a full athletic scholarship to UT this fall. The 6'6," 245 pound tight end committed to the Vols on signing day in February.

He was listed on the Vols roster as an incoming freshman.

Powell made the state playoffs last year and Smith, one of the top prospects in the state, scored six touchdowns during the season. He was also named All American and All South by various publications.

Smith's father, Daryle Smith, played offensive tackle for the Vols from 1984-86.

During the investigation of a possible relationship between Smith and Powell High Assistant Principal Kim Kallenberg, he signed an affidavit denying the claim. "I have never had any sexual or inappropriate relationship with Kimberly L. Kallenberg."

Kallenberg is on administrative leave with pay while the investigation continues. She has also denied the claims.

On Tuesday, she filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education saying the school system violated Smith's privacy rights by releasing his name to the media.

6 News Reporter Erica Estep contributed to this report.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WATE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.