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.
Kenneth George, a University of Tennessee football player is accused of punching a Miami Beach police officer and then running from officers who tried to take him into custody.
George faces charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, resisting an officer without violence and disorderly conduct.
According to a Miami Beach police report, George was being combative with officers who was walking in the middle of Espanola Way.
Police said George was cursing at one of the officers and ignoring his commands. As the officer tried to get him out of the street, George punched him and knocked the police radio out of his hands, the report said.
University of Tennessee football player Ryan Thaxton was suspended Monday after a Sunday night arrest.
The second-year defensive lineman was charged with domestic assault and false imprisonment of his girlfriend, according to online court records.
“We are aware of the incident,” Tennessee football spokesman Zach Stipe wrote Monday in a statement to USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee. “The student-athlete has been suspended from all team activities while law enforcement and the university investigates.”According to online court records, Thaxton is accused of pushing his girlfriend toward his room when she refused to accompany him to his dorm. Thaxton then carried her inside the dorm room, where an argument took place, and he blocked the door when she attempted to leave, according to records.
The latest episode of “The Vols of our Lives” has former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer being named the school’s athletic director. Fulmer would replace John Currie, who Tennessee fired on Friday after Currie’s decision to fire Butch Jones resulted in the world’s worst coaching search.
After a fan revolt following the near-hire of Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, Tennessee went through candidate after candidate for its vacancy, doing little more than helping coaches at other schools secure raises by using the Vols as leverage.
The hope now is that Fulmer will bring some much-needed stability to the program as it attempts to get through these rough waters. Of course, it should be pointed out that Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman reported Friday that Fulmer was trying to “undermine” Currie’s efforts in hopes of securing the AD position for himself.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones announced running back John Kelly and linebacker Will Ignont have been suspended for Saturday’s game against Kentucky after a traffic stop that resulted in their being charged with marijuana possession.
Knoxville Police public information officer Darrell DeBusk told ESPN’s Mark Schlabach officers stopped Kelly’s car at 10:46 p.m. ET Tuesday. They searched the car and found a substance believed to be marijuana and a pipe.
Smith, 23, was charged with domestic assault. Police said Smith got into a fight with his roommate, Kennedy Foster, early Saturday morning.