7 UT football players cited in addition to arrests

7 UT football players cited in addition to arrests

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Aaron Hughes told 6 News he showed up to the party once deputies' cruisers were already on scene. (source: Aaron Hughes) Aaron Hughes told 6 News he showed up to the party once deputies' cruisers were already on scene. (source: Aaron Hughes)
"This by far is the worst I've seen, because I frequently go out there," Aaron Hughes said. "This by far is the worst I've seen, because I frequently go out there," Aaron Hughes said.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Sheriff's Office released the police report from Sunday's incident at the Quarry Trails, revealing that seven UT football players were cited in addition to the arrests of two current players and one former player.

Dontavius Blair, Dimarya Mixon, Justin Coleman and Malik Brown were cited for underage drinking. Curtis Maggitt, Jakob Johnson and Jalen Reeves-Maybin were cited for providing alcohol to underage people.

AJ Johnson and Danny O'Brien, both current players, were arrested early Sunday morning. Dontavis Sapp, a former player, was also arrested.

Johnson, O'Brien and Sapp are charged with providing alcohol to underage people and resisting arrest. O'Brien is also charged with criminal impersonation after KCSO said he initially gave officers an ID with a fake age, indicating he's over 21 years of age when he is actually 20.

UT football players were not the only ones arrested or cited Sunday. Several others were also issued citations.

Aaron Hughes told 6 News he showed up to the party once deputies' cruisers were already on scene.

"We couldn't even leave," Hughes said. "If you were outside, you were getting arrested."

Hughes said he often spent time in the Quarry Trails, but never saw it get out of control like it did Sunday morning.

"This by far is the worst I've seen, because I frequently go out there," Hughes said.

KCSO said they were called to the scene around midnight responding to a loud party complaint.

According to the police report, Sapp, one of the party's hosts, told officers he would quiet the party down.

Instead, the music was turned up loud again after officers left.

Deputies said when they returned, they learned a fight had broken out in front of the apartment.

Hughes said the gathering, which KCSO said had between 80 and 90 people, was a birthday party and he said he believes the fight involved a dispute with a player's ex-girlfriend.

"The security guard for Quarry Trails, he went ahead and called the cops and that's when everything started escalated and going from there," Hughes said.

The police report shows that officers found open beer cans and liquor bottles at the apartment.

They also found a pipe believed to have been used for marijuana, but it was destroyed before officers could determine its owner.

Hughes said he hopes this weekend's party won't define the players' careers.

"People make mistakes, you know, they learn from their mistakes," Hughes said. "It shouldn't be a burden on them for the rest of their lives."

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