Bray, roommate accused of throwing bottles onto parked cars

Tyler Bray, roommate accused of throwing bottles onto parked cars

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Tyler Bray (source: utsports.com) Tyler Bray (source: utsports.com)
Michael Grandinetti (source: utsports.com) Michael Grandinetti (source: utsports.com)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Vols junior quarterback Tyler Bray and his roommate are accused in police reports of throwing beer bottles and golf balls from an apartment complex balcony and damaging parked cars.

No charges have been filed in the most recent incident on Monday afternoon but it accuses Bray, 20, and Michael C. Grandinetti, 26, of felony vandalism. It was reported at the Landings Riverside Apartments, 960 Riverside Forest Way, near downtown.

Kirstie Allen, who lives at the complex, said she called 911 when she saw Bray and Grandinetti throwing beer bottles off a balcony. 

Grandinetti, a University of Tennessee graduate from Lavergne, is a former manager with the Lady Vols basketball program.

Allen said she went into her apartment Monday to eat lunch and when she left about 30 minutes later, she found the front windshield of her 2007 Volkswagen Jetta smashed. She estimated the damage at more than $500.

Although she didn't see the bottle tossers on Monday, Allen told police she thought it was retaliation because she called police on Bray and Grandinetti a couple nights earlier.

Allen said an apartment complex office manager told her Bray and Grandinetti were served with an eviction notice just before she got home for lunch.

Police first got a report at that complex Sunday from Bradi Hudson, 22, of Knoxville, about her vandalized SUV.

Hudson said after her 2008 Ford Special was parked at the complex overnight Friday she found it Saturday morning with a cracked windshield and dents in the roof. She said there was a note on the windshield with a name and phone number that said, "I know what happened to your car."

When she called the number, Hudson said she was told men at apartment 104 were drinking and throwing beer bottles and golf balls at her car.

Bray contacted Hudson, according to police spokesman Darrell DeBusk, and offered to pay for the damage so Hudson decided not to press charges.

Bray, the 6'6", 215 pound quarterback from Kingsburg, California, was named earlier in July to the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback of the Year Award Watch List.

A broken thumb limited Bray to seven games last season. He threw for 1,983 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Grandinetti now works for the UT Center for Business and Economic Research.

Vols tight end Cameron Clear was kicked off the team in May after he was charged with felony theft for stealing another player's laptop. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of misdemeanor theft and got probation.

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