Six Kentucky University footballers have been charged with theft in connection with an incident at a private party on Thursday, according to a Lexington police sergeant. Donnel Gordon
On March 6, 2021, a banquet was held at a residence. During the party, three people entered the residence uninvited and were asked to leave. Gordon said the three were upset and would return.
Gordon said the three men returned shortly after with additional contacts. The group allegedly broke into the house. The suspect showed the victim a firearm.
As a result of the investigation, Reuben RJ Adams, Robert JuTahn McClain, Andrew Phillips, Earnest Sanders IV, Devito Tisdale and Joel Williams were charged with first-degree theft, according to police and court records.
Tisdale was also accused of deliberately threatening. He is accused of pointing a gun at one of the victims.
The records show that no player has been officially detained. Fayette County Attorney Larry Roberts told the Herald-Leader that they were not considered a “flight risk” and that it was typical not to arrest people even if they did not know those charged with theft.
Six Kentucky football players charged with burglary, one with wanton endangerment:
“The agency and the athletics department are very serious about these issues,” Athletics said in a statement. “We are looking closely at this issue before setting the next steps.”
In a separate statement from the school, head coach Mark Stoops said the team had been aware of the incident since March.
“I am aware of the situation today,” Stoops said. “I cannot comment on the allegations of disrespect for the trial,” he said. We have been aware of this issue since March because we have removed players from team activities while reviewing student behavior. As a result of the review, the players returned to action in June. As we get more information, we assess the current situation. ”
All six of the players accused on Thursday are part of Kentucky’s 2020 signature class and have been hailed by some of the best collectors in England. Playing at Bowling Green High School, McClain, Williams and Tisdale were recognized as four-star players by at least one recruitment service before registering in Kentucky.
All but striker Adams played for England last season. McClain, who played in all 11 games last season, was one of the most praised names in England during the camp, which began earlier this month.
Phillips, Tisdale and Williams are all on defense. Sanders is a wide buyer.
Stoops Chief of Staff Dan Berezowitz was suspended by the university on Tuesday after being fired on charges of assault against him. England wide receiver coach Jovon Bouknight was arrested in June for a DUI, but later came to a lawsuit claiming that the charge was dismissed; He returned to the team after the penalty.
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