A horrific scene played out in a Knoxville bar last night, as the KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL reports that several Tennessee football players are under investigation for an attack that left an off-duty police officer unconscious.
Two University of Tennessee football players were released from jail this morning, and police are questioning at least two others in connection with an early-morning bar brawl that left one police officer unconscious in the street with a head wound.
The injured and kicked officer and a bar patron were sent to the University of Tennessee Medical Center after being beaten by a group of people identified as UT football players. Authorities are withholding that patron’s name pending notification of relatives.
While football is the last thing on anyone’s mind in light of the incident, the owner of the bar, Sandy Morton, said after the melee that Tennessee football players have always had “VIP status” at her establishment.
If that status involved free admission, drinks or other financial consideration, the Tennessee football program could be cited for NCAA violations.
Early Friday morning, bar owner Morton described what happened: