Friday, January 1, 2010

Four Tennessee players arrested last night

UPDATED AGAIN: Per Gary Parrish, Bruce Pearl plans on suspending the four players, then gathering more details before determining who will continue their career as a Volunteer and when.

UPDATE: SB Nation via Wes Rucker is reporting that the players were arrested at 11:27 am with two guns under the front seat, drugs, and an open container of alcohol.

Four University of Tennessee players were arrested today at noon.

Cam Tatum, Tyler Smith, Brian Williams, and Melvin Goins are facing charges of misdemeanor drug and weapons possession after a traffic stop in Knoxville.

"We take these matters very seriously," UT coach Bruce Pearl said in a statement released by UT. "We are still gathering information. Once the appropriate authorities have provided us with all of the facts, we will act accordingly."

Tyler Smith is a senior and the Vols leader, averaging 11.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, and 3.7 apg, while Tatum (8.6 ppg), Williams (5.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg), and Melvin Goins (6.1 ppg) are role players.

If you remember, two months ago three Tennessee football players were arrested for an alleged armed robbery.

Assuming these allegations are correct, Bruce Pearl is probably going to have to hand out some suspensions. A mid-season arrest involving weapons and drugs is bad news, especially when you consider that Tennessee will be playing Charlotte and Kansas at home in their next two games before starting SEC play.

More on this as the news comes.

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