Prosecutors announced Monday morning that charges of attempted aggravated robbery were being dropped against Janzen Jackson, 18 and Marie Montmarquet, the woman accused of acting as a getaway driver in a botched holdup Nov. 12 outside the Pilot convenience store on Cumberland Avenue. Charges against two former players, Nu’Keese Richardson, 18, and Mike Edwards, 18, still stand, according to Randy Nichols, Knox County district attorney general. Also, the charge against Ms. Montmarquet for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia will proceed. Read More…
Yesterday we reported on the shoplifting charge handed to Vol freshman Nyshier Oliver for his alleged attempted to steal a shirt from a Knoxville store on the afternoon of November 7 before the evening’s game against Memphis. In our article, we restated questions posed by Will over at RTT – three important questions that pointed directly at the credibility of Lane Kiffin’s previous statements:
- When did Kiffin find out about this?
- Did Kiffin know about Oliver’s situation on November 11, during his weekly teleconference, when he recounted Tennessee’s spotless record in terms of no arrests, etc?
- Is it possible that Oliver kept it quiet because he wasn’t arrested, only cited, and Kiffin didn’t find out until later?
Dave Hooker’s article posted this morning on GVX indicates that Kiffin knew about Oliver’s shoplifting citation the day it happened. Hooker reports that UT spokeswoman Tiffany Carpenter confirmed Wednesday morning that Oliver wasn’t allowed to dress for the Memphis game and also was punished internally.
When Kiffin was asked about the arrests of Nu’Keese Richardson, Mike Edwards, and Janzen Jackson in last week’s robbery fiasco, which occurred five days after the alleged shoplifting, the Vol head coach stated, “We made it 11 months and 11 days without any incidents.”
So, Kiffin knew about Oliver’s citation when he made his now-famous 11-month/11-day statement.
That means either (1) the Nyshier Oliver shoplifting citation, delivered by an officer of the law, is not an “incident”, or (2) something else.
Since I’d rather not get into (2) at this stage of the game, we now have a new question: What is an incident? Read More…
Today, I was hoping to hear something definitive on the status of the three Vol players arrested this past Thursday for attempted robbery (pictured above, from left – Mike Edwards, Nu’Keese Richardson, Janzen Jackson). I didn’t hear what I wanted to hear, namely that they had all been suspended for the remainder of this season, including a bowl game, and further action would depend on the result of the legal system taking it’s course. But what was announced was perhaps the next best thing. Read More…
I feel obligated to add a new category for the posts here on VITF: Police Blotter.
The news spread like a wild brush fire this morning. I first read the developing story on RTT and then on GVX. I called TK to ask if he had heard the news and he responded as if I was living under a rock. 🙂
So, I won’t recount any of the details – you can read them yourselves (see links at the end of this post). But needless to say (I’ve always liked that phrase), the Stupidity Meter pegged out this morning when Vol players Nu’Keese Richardson, Mike Edwards and Janzen Jackson (pictured at left) were arrested by Knoxville Police in the early hours of Thursday for attempted aggrivated robbery. All three players are 18 years old. The events occurred at the Pilot station on Cumberland Avenue.
The irony was pointed out in John Adams’ post today. The station is owned by Jim Haslam. Mr. Haslam was a player on the 1951 Vol team that won the National Championship. The Vols’ practice field is named Haslam Field.