Wes Rucker of the Chattanooga Times Free Press is reporting this morning that seven to ten Tennessee football players were involved in beating up a Knoxville man, now identified as an off-duty police officer. The fight took place at a Knoxville bar. Though the optimist in me wants to just assume the football players were jumping him into the UT football family per standard protocol, the victim apparently was not in on the plan and one player, freshman Da’Rick Rogers, has already been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. I’m sure this is not the last we hear of this story.
But, much like the LeBronapalooza last night, the real star of the show might not be the football players in question. Instead, it might be the owners of the bar, who were more than willing to break an assumed code of nightlife silence regarding their fine orange-clad football titans — who, by the way, they are on a first name basis with. Get jealous, Knoxville plebeians. Apparently, they don’t pay cover, they get “VIP treatment” (likely very high-end Knoxville stuff) and often try to sneak in without ID. You know, exactly the types of things you want to be reading the paper when an entire basketball rotation just beat up an off-duty cop in a bar.
Derek Dooley, you’re living up to that Fulmer legacy already.