According to multiple reports, Tennessee rising senior defensive lineman Darel Middleton was arrested early Saturday morning on two charges. Trey Wallace of The Read Optional was the first to report the news, and David Ubben of The Athletic confirmed it, adding that Middleton was arrested on charges of domestic assault and public intoxication. UT is aware of the arrest and issued a statement, saying, “We are aware of the incident and are gathering information.”
Middleton is getting a pre-trial release later this afternoon, per Wallace.
Per Brent Hubbs of VolQuest, the incident report claims that police responded to a simple assault behind Walgreen’s on Cumberland Avenue. A witness informed the officers that Middleton was in the lobby of the nearby Standard Apartments. There, the officers found Middleton unsteady on his feet with slurred speech, and they could smell alcohol.
A witness and the alleged victim informed officers that Middleton was angry at the victim, who was his girlfriend, over one of her male friends.
Both the witness and victim said that Middleton got into a fight with one of his own friends. Middleton’s girlfriend allegedly tried to stop the fight, and Middleton pushed her to the ground. She told officers that Middleton helped her up, apologized, and hugged her.
The witness then said she attempted to make Middleton let go of his girlfriend, then he pushed his girlfriend down a second time.
Per the report, Middleton was taken into custody without incident. The male victim that Middleton allegedly got into a fight with was not located by the authorities.
The 6-foot-7, 311-pound lineman joined the Vols as a junior college signee in the 2019 class and was one of Tennessee’s top contributors along the defensive line last season. Middleton played in all 13 games for the Vols and started six contests, totaling 28 tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble, and a blocked kick.
Prior to coming to Tennessee, Middleton played at East Mississippi Community College. Before that, Middleton played tight end at Oak Ridge High School in 2015 before enrolling in the JUCO ranks. Before transferring to Oak Ridge, Middleton played at Powell High School.
Georgia defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt was arrested late Tuesday night on three charges. Wyatt and a female were in a verbal altercation last Friday night that led to Wyatt kicking the female’s exterior apartment door at McWhorter Hall multiple times from the hallway to force it open according to a UGA police incident report obtained by the Athens Banner-Herald.
The senior from Decatur is charged with family violence, criminal trespass and damage to property, according to the Clarke County Sherriff’s website. All three are misdemeanors.
The arresting agency is listed as the Clarke County Sherriff’s Office.
Wyatt was booked into the Clarke County Jail at 11:35 p.m. and was released at 12:06 p.m. Wednesday His bonds totaled $2,500.
After an argument began in Wyatt’s Vandiver Hall dorm room, the female left and walked to her dorm room in McWhorter Hall.
Wyatt followed behind and kicked the door multiple times to force it open.
An unknown individual notified police of a fight between a male and female in McWhorter Hall.
When reporting to the scene, two UGA police officers arrived to find Wyatt and a female walking out of McWhorter Hall when they stopped the female who matched the description given by the unknown caller. They walked her into Vandiver Hall for questioning.
When questioning the female, Wyatt walked back through the lobby of Vandiver Hall and they stopped and detained him for questioning.
The police gathered information from the dorm room and said that it “showed a pattern of cohabitation for (the female) and Wyatt, which resulted in this incident being a Family Violence incident.” The value of the door was less than $500 according to housing staff.
Wyatt and the female indicated that they did not fear for their safety and were released Friday pending the completion of a follow-up investigation.
Police filed a warrant for Wyatt’s arrest on Tuesday night.
“I’m disappointed in the misconduct that is outlined in the incident report,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “This is not indicative of the behavior we expect from our student-athletes who represent the University of Georgia and our football proram. We will address it internally in the appropriate way.”
The 6-foot-3, 301-pound Wyatt played in 13 games last season with 30 tackles, a sack and was second on the team with 27 quarterback hurries. He came to Georgia before the 2018 season from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.
Chance Purvis, East Carolina University senior defensive lineman, was arrested and booked on multiple felony charges on Tuesday. Pitt County records show Purvis was booked with second degree kidnapping and breaking or entering with intent to terrorize or injure. His bail was set at $10,000.
“We are aware of the situation concerning Chance Purvis and consider these charges as very serious and completely unacceptable,” ECU head coach Mike Houston said via Stephen Igoe of 247sports.com. “Chance has been suspended from all football-related activities until further notice.”
Purvis joins senior offensive lineman Cortez Herrin as the second ECU upperclassman to be booked on felony charges this off-season.
Purvis, who was in-line to be a key contributor for the Pirates in 2020, played in all 12 games last season and racked up 27 solo tackles and 51 tackles total. Additionally, he recorded four sacks and 12 tackles for loss.
“We will continue to monitor the situation, but since this is a legal matter, any additional comment on our part would be inappropriate at this time,” Houston said via Igoe.
Malcolm Lee, Kansas defensive lineman, was arrested early Saturday morning by Lawrence police on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to logs from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department.
Lee, a sophomore transfer from Iowa Western Community College, was released on bond, the log stated.
“We are aware of the situation and are currently in the process of gathering information,” KU director of football communications Katy Lonergan said Monday afternoon. “We will handle the situation according to our internal policies.”
Lee, a member of the 2019 recruiting class, was ranked a three-star recruit by both Rivals and 247Sports. He played in 12 games for Iowa Western last season, recording 43 total tackles, five sacks and 10 tackles-for-loss.
Lee is expected to compete for snaps right away with KU losing most of its defensive line production from last season. An Omaha, Nebraska native, he chose KU over offers from Iowa, Louisville, Central Florida, FAU and Houston.
Jail records show defensive lineman Tiano Tialavea was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct (fighting or pushing) and public intoxication.
The office of El Paso County Constable Precinct No. 4 confirmed he was taken into custody Saturday in the 2500 block of Mesa at the same time Locksley was taken into custody on suspicion of DWI, terroristic threat, unlawful carrying of a weapon and possession of marijuana.
Tialavea was booked into the El Paso County Downtown Jail and posted two surety bonds worth $1,000.
UTEP officials said head coach Dana Dimel is aware of his arrest, but would not comment further until more information is available.
Tialavea is a senior from Seattle who played 10 games this past season.
A complaint affidavit said that Locksley allegedly shouted at a group of people that he “had a handgun with a full magazine and would empty it on the individuals.”
Tuscaloosa police charged Alabama football defensive lineman LaBryan Ray with public intoxication on Friday. Ray was booked into jail on Friday night. His bond was set at $500. He was arrested in Midtown Village in Tuscaloosa, according to Tuscaloosa Police spokesman Lt. Teena Richardson. Security encountered Ray, who refused to leave an establishment, Richardson said. […]
Lere Oladipo booked on preliminary charge of domestic battery. Per information obtained from University of Illinois police department spokesman Patrick Wade, Oladipo, 20, was arrested at 1:03 a.m. Sunday in a University of Illinois parking lot in the 100 block of East Peabody Drive.
Police initially were called by someone who heard a woman screaming and observed a man, later identified as Oladipo, forcing her into a car. The arriving officers observed that the woman had a minor injury to her lip. Oladipo was then arrested and taken to the Champaign County Jail.
Accused of public intoxication, Brady Reiff, 22, a starting defensive tackle for the UI football team, approached a parked UI police cruiser on Iowa Avenue at about 2 a.m. and attempted to open the vehicle’s passenger door, according to UI police.
When Reiff noticed there was a rider sitting in the passenger seat, police said he moved to the back door and attempted to open it.
When asked what he was doing, police said Reiff asked for a ride home. “He thought that was our job,” the police report states.
When asked if he thought the vehicle was an Uber, police said Reiff replied “Yes.”
According to the arrest report, a breathalyzer test showed Reiff’s blood alcohol content was .204 — more than twice the legal limit if he were driving — at the time of his arrest.
Reiff was taken to Johnson County Jail and released at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said Monday at Big Ten media days in Chicago that Reiff will be suspended for Iowa’s season opener against Northern Illinois on Sept. 1.
Reiff, a junior, recorded 13 tackles, with one tackle for loss and one sack, during last year’s season.