UPDATED: Calhoun's Da'Rick Rogers arrested in Knoxville bar fight
KNOXVILLE (WRCB/NBC/CTFP) - A former local high school standout who signed to play for the Tennessee Vols this fall was arrested overnight at a bar fight in Knoxville that left a police officer injured.
Da'Rick Rogers, 19, of Calhoun, Georgia, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Rogers, who has been released from jail on a $1,000 bond, was one of "seven to ten" UT football players reportedly involved in the brawl at Bar Knoxville on Cumberland Avenue.
Rogers was one of the highest rated wide receivers in the country coming out of high school. He decommitted from the University of Georgia to play for Derek Dooley's Vols.
Former Atlanta prep star Darren Myles, Jr., was also arrested on charges of assault, resisting and evading arrest. He was released after posting $2,000 bond.
"It's a privilege, not a right to be a member of this football team," Dooley said in a brief meeting with the media Friday night. "I'm embarrassed like many of us.
"We're going to take action. We're going to be swift about it, and then we're going to move on."
Dooley backed up those words, dismissing Myles from the UT football team. However, he made no mention of Rogers.
"A lot of people get hurt when you do things that aren't right," Dooley said of Myles' dismissal. "Darren's not the only one hurting right now. I had to sit there and watch his mother cry. She's hurt. I know his dad's hurting. We're going to be hurt by it on the field, competitively.
"But sometimes you have to fall really hard to get it."
Dooley also suspended linebacker Greg King and defensive lineman Marlon Walls indefinitely. Their role in the brawl is unknown.
"I just want to make it clear that just because we take action against somebody, it doesn't mean they broke the law," Dooley said.
Three more UT players were also identified as part of the group involved in the beating of an off-duty Knoxville Police Department officer.
Defensive tackle John Brown, along with wide receivers Denarius Moore and Matt Milton have been questioned by UTPD, but have not been charged.
The Knoxville police has also questioned defensive tackle Montori Hughes in connection with the brawl.
Dooley said he won't "stick his head in the sand" to escape his first major crisis as Tennessee's head coach, but he vowed this incident will not ruin the positive strides his team has made in his brief tenure.
"We're going to continue to build our structures so that we educate, discipline, and support our players," Dooley said. "At the end of the day, we're going to have a culture here that will not only win, but will make our fans proud of how we represent them."
According to the Knoxville Police Department, an off-duty police officer, Robert Capouellez, was injured while trying to break up a fight between two patrons at Bar Knoxville. Officer Capouellez's family says he will likely be in the hospital for a few days, but should be fine. He is currently listed in stable condition at UT Medical Center.
The co-owner of a nightclub near the University of Tennessee campus told our partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press "seven to ten" Volunteers football players were involved in the fight early Friday morning at the establishment.
"It was a regular Thursday night. We always give VIP status to the football players," Sandy Morton, owner of Bar Knoxville told WBIR-TV.
"We never had a problem with them in the past. All of a sudden they randomly started beating up a customer, another patron. Security intervened and got it [the fight] outside. They [the football players] proceeded to beat up an off-duty officer that was a customer."
Myles, Jr., reportedly fled the scene at Bar Knoxville and was located by a University of Tennessee Police Department officer near campus.
Darrell DeBusk, spokesman for the Knoxville Police Department, issued a statement Friday at 7:20 a.m.
This morning at approximately 1:50 a.m., officers responded to Bar Knoxville located at 1820 Cumberland Avenue after being notified that an off-duty police officer had been assaulted. When officers arrived on the scene they located Knoxville Police Department Officer Robert Capouellez lying on the ground unconscious. Officer Capouellez was transported to UT Medical Center for treatment of a head wound. Another individual from inside Bar Knoxville who had been assaulted by multiple individuals was also transported to UT Medical Center with numerous injuries. I will release the name of that victim once his next of kin has been notified.
According to multiple witnesses, the male victim from inside the bar was involved in an altercation with another patron when several additional patrons jumped into the fight. Employees of the bar intervened and push the fight outside onto the sidewalk. Officer Capouellez intervened in an attempt to stop the fight when he was attacked. According to witnesses, the officer was hit in the head and knocked to the ground. Once on the ground the suspect kicked the officer several times before fleeing the scene. Six individuals were identified as potential suspects. These individuals were located and detained for questioning. It appears several of these individuals may be associated with the University of Tennessee football program. One of the suspects has been turned over to UTPD who will file charges after one of their officers was assaulted while attempting to take this individual into custody. You will need to contact UTPD for additional information regarding this arrest and potential charges. We have charged Darick Rogers (DOB 6-18-91) with Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest
Several witnesses as well as potential suspects are still being interviewed. I will release additional information as the investigation moves forward. I will not release any names of individuals detained until they are charged.