On Friday night, Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley dismissed rising sophomore Darren Myles Jr. and indefinitely suspended sophomores Greg King and Marlon Walls for their alleged involvement in the brawl, according to the Associated Press.
The AP did not mention what, if any, disciplinary action would be taken against Rogers.
The Calhoun High graduate — who was last year’s Rome News-Tribune Player of the Year — was released from jail after posting bond following the arrest, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Rogers signed with the University of Tennessee in February and is set to begin his first season with the Vols this fall.
He helped Calhoun reach the Class AA state finals last season and was listed by many publications among the top recruits in the nation. Rogers transferred to Calhoun after playing at Darlington earlier in his prep career.
During Friday’s incident, Myles, a defensive back at Tennessee, was also arrested and charged with simple assault, resisting arrest and evading arrest, according to a University of Tennessee incident report.
According to Darrell DeBusk, public information officer with the Knoxville Police Department, “Officers responded to Bar Knoxville after being notified that an off-duty police officer had been assaulted.”
The Knoxville PD report states that when officers arrived at the scene at 1:50 a.m. they located Knoxville Police Officer Robert Capouellez lying on the ground unconscious.
According to the report, a “male victim from inside the bar was involved in an altercation with another patron when several additional patrons jumped into the fight. Employees of the bar intervened and pushed the fight outside onto the sidewalk.”
Capouellez was attacked when he intervened to stop the altercation after it had moved outside the bar, police reported. He was hit in the head and knocked on the ground.
When the officer fell to the ground, a “suspect kicked the officer several times before fleeing the scene,” the report states. Capouellez, 24, sustained a head wound and was transported to UT Medical Center for treatment.
The initial attack that started inside the bar sent another male to the UT Medical Center with numerous injuries after he was assaulted by multiple individuals.
Officer Brian Greenlee, of the UT Police Department, reported that Myles ran from him when he identified himself as an officer upon arriving at the bar. When Greenlee caught up with Myles, Myles “struck me with his elbow just under my left eye and proceeded to flee from me on foot,” he said.
Myles was eventually apprehended after officers located him hiding under a parked BMW and then stopped him after another chase on foot. He was turned over to the UT Police Department.
The Knoxville PD report states that six individuals were identified as potential suspects, and those individuals were located and detained for questioning.
Rogers and Myles were released from the detention center Friday afternoon.
Sandy Morton, who owns Bar Knoxville with her husband, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press they’ve never had any problems from Vols players. She said many of the players, who are treated as VIPs and don’t have to pay a cover charge, are on a first-name basis with her husband.
“I don’t know what happened, but several of the guys started beating up the other customer,” she told the newspaper. “I want to guess there was seven to 10 guys beating up this one gentleman.”
Rogers was a five-star high school recruit before UT signed him as a wide receiver.
He had made a verbal commitment to the University of Georgia, last year, but ended up signing with Tennessee following weeks of media speculation that suggested he might change his mind.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Calhoun native, who was part of Lane Kiffin’s only recruiting class before Kiffin left Tennessee, showed promise during spring practice.
After the Vols’ April 17 spring game, Rogers was awarded the program’s Fourth Quarter Award by coaches for dedication to the program.
The 18-year-old Rogers was among head coach Derek Dooley’s first signing class.
Dooley’s transition to UT earlier this year was a key factor in Rogers’ decision, saying he wasn’t interested in the Vols before Dooley took over.
— The Associated Press contributed to this story