WBIR-TV in Knoxville reports today that “freshman safety Nyshier Oliver was arrested on November 7 and charged with shoplifting at a department store in West Town Mall.”
The police report says Oliver was spotted putting a brown shirt worth approximately $110 in a Dillard’s bag. He was arrested around 1:45 that Saturday. That was just over five hours before the Vols were to play Memphis in the homecoming game at Neyland Stadium. Oliver will have an arraignment in the matter on November 23rd.
November 7? But didn’t Lane Kiffin trumpet the Vols’ clean arrest record after that date? Here’s Kiffin on Nov. 12, five days after Oliver was arrested and the day before the arrest of Nu’Keese Richardson, Mike Edwards and Janzen Jackson on robbery charges:
But Kiffin didn’t stop there. He lied again.
He made the same statement again a day later, in response to the arrest of Richardson, Edwards and Jackson. From the NEW YORK TIMES:
The first-year coach Lane Kiffin made no comment on the arrests, but he noted that “we made it 11 months and 11 days” without any incidents. Kiffin’s predecessor, Phillip Fulmer, was often criticized for being too lax with discipline.
ESPN.com’s Chris Low reports today on the Oliver arrest:
Oliver’s punishment was handled internally, but he was taken off the dress roster for that game and banned from team activities, according to Tennessee athletic department spokesperson Tiffany Carpenter.
So Kiffin knew about the arrest, and he blatantly lied to the media twice about the Vols’ clean arrest record. Brutal.
*UPDATE*: Vols fans aren’t lost on Kiffin’s dishonesty.