The KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL reports this morning that three Tennessee football players have been arrested for attempted armed robbery.
(Jackson, Richardson, Edwards)
Janzen Jackson, Michael Edwards and Nu’Keese Richardson, all 18, were charged this morning after an armed robbery attempt at a Pilot station on Cumberland Avenue, according to the Knoxville Police Department. Each player faces three counts of attempted armed robbery.
Both Richardson and Jackson are coming off a week in which they faced discipline from coach Lane Kiffin, the former for missing a practice and the latter for a violation of team rules.
Ironically, Kiffin had “touted the discipline in his program and a clean arrest record as recently as Wednesday’s SEC teleconference.”
The details of the case are simple. And damning.
Three men identified the three football players as driving a Prius and later demanding money from them at gunpoint - while they wore black hoodies late last night. When police pulled over the football players in the same Prius outside the UT athletic dorm later that night, the black hoodies were found in the car “in plain sight.”
Marijuana was also found in the car, along with a pot grinder. A 22-year-old woman, Marie Montmarquet, was driving the car and claimed the weed was hers.
The UT athletic department released a statement saying it is aware for the incident but that no action with the players has been taken yet. No word yet from Kiffin. Guessing we’ll hear something shortly from him.