Vols fans disappointed at Erik Ainge's arrest

Vols fans disappointed at former UT quarterback Erik Ainge's arrest

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Erik Ainge (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Erik Ainge (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
"We all have our accidents, we all have our moments," said Knoxville resident William Gauntt. "We all have our accidents, we all have our moments," said Knoxville resident William Gauntt.
"If he made a mistake, he needs to man up and own up to it," said Knoxville resident Alexandra Ingram. "If he made a mistake, he needs to man up and own up to it," said Knoxville resident Alexandra Ingram.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville residents are expressing their disappointment after former UT quarterback and radio host Erik Ainge was arrested for driving under the influence.

Ainge was later released at 5:21 a.m. on a $500 bond, according to Knox County Sheriff's Department.

Although he declined to appear on camera, Ainge told 6 News he's innocent, and he hasn't had a drink since July 2010. He also added he has retained Marcos Garza as his attorney.

The news of his arrest disappointed some fans at Bearden Fieldhouse in West Knoxville.

"It is sort of aggravating that coming up on a hopeful season and have something like that happen right before the season starts," said Knoxville resident Nick Baker. 

"He's had other charges in the past that have been worse, so it's not surprising for me to hear that," said Knoxville resident Alexandra Ingram.  

Following the allegations, on Sunday night, Ainge's wife Amanda Ainge tweeted, "I love my husband and I love our family. With the help of friends and family we can make it through anything. Thanks everyone! #Aingestrong. "

"We all have our accidents, we all have our moments," said Knoxville resident William Gauntt.

Ainge was the UT quarterback from 2004 to 2007. He later played for the New York Jets but was suspended in 2009 for violation of their drug policy.

He entered a drug treatment center in 2010 and told 6 News in an interview in 2011 that his drug addiction nearly killed him.

"If he made a mistake, he needs to man up and own up to it," said Ingram. 

Ainge currently hosts The Erik Ainge Show which airs weekday mornings on Tennessee Sports Radio. 6 News reached out to Tennessee Sports Radio, but a spokesperson declined to comment.

Former Vols Quarterback Sterling Henton told 6 News on Sunday, "What happened isn't indicative of the type of person he is."


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