Tennessee Stickup Victim Sticks Up For Suspects

As Lane Kiffin sifts through the evidence and decides what to do with the three Univ. of Tennessee players who got all robby at a Knoxville gas station on Wednesday, one of the intended victims, Corey B. Zickefoose, is taking a very zen-like approach to the entire affair. In short, Mr. Zickefoose says that the players shouldn’t be kicked off the team. Because hey, it might cost Tennessee a win!

This case gets weirder as more details emerge. For instance, Zickefoose said he told one of the players, who had a gun to his head, that he didn’t have any money: all he had was a cheeseburger, and did the robber want that? But the best part is this glorious quote from the victim:

“Yeah, it’s Tennessee. That’s the way it is sometimes,” Zickefoose said.

From WATE Knoxville:

Corey B. Zickefoose, 20, said he was sitting in the driver’s seat of a 1998 Hyundai Elantra on Cumberland Ave. when one of the players pulled a gun and demanded money.

But that’s not enough to prevent the players from being kicked off the team, he told 6 News.

“I think they should still be able to play football, regardless,” he said. “Tennessee is my place. It’s my football team.”

“Even after they put a gun in your face, you say let them play football?” 6 News asked.

“Yeah, it’s Tennessee. That’s the way it is sometimes,” Zickefoose said.

Tennessee players Mike Edwards, Nu’Keese Richardson and Janzen Jackson were arrested Wednesday night in connection with the alleged armed robbery attempt, and a fourth person, Marie Montmarquet, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Now let’s take a look at this bit of video from Kiffin’s Tuesday press conference, where he talks specifically about Richardson. In hindsight, hilarious, yet sad.

“This will be a big week of practice for him. I sat down with him yesterday to make sure he understands; we’ve been through this a million times with a bunch of great players, their freshman year of going through some ups and downs. … He just has to be patient and do the little things.”

Richardson waited an entire 24 hours after their heart-to-heart to attempt armed robbery. As Clark Griswald said to Rusty in “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” … “Nice talk, son.”

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