Apr 20, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers linebacker A.J. Johnson (45) during the first half of the spring Orange and White game at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee LB AJ Johnson, two others arrested


On Sunday morning, news surfaced that Tennessee Volunteers linebacker A.J. Johnson and two other players on the team,  defensive tackle Danny O’Brien and linebacker Dontavis Sapp, were arrested on Saturday.

The exact charges were not released.

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones issued a statement saying that he was aware of the arrests, but he would not provide any details on potential punishment for the players at this time.

“We are aware of the situation and are still in the preliminary stages of gathering all facts and information,” Jones said in the statement. “We have very high standards and expectations within our football program at the University of Tennessee, and appropriate action will be taken.”

Johnson is a star linebacker in college football and is highly regarded in NFL circles.

Had he declared for the 2014 NFL Draft, there was a chance that he could have been a first-round selection. Instead, he chose to return to the Volunteers for one more year and right now his senior season is getting off to a rocky start.

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  • Ryan Kind

    Obviously, A.J., Sapp, and O’Brien being players should have known better than to have any kind of party @ their house with endless possibilities, (none of which a positive possibility when a bunch of college kids and alcohol mix), BUT at the same time they ARE kids and IN COLLEGE last I checked. Yes, they certainly are held at a higher standard by their institution, their community, and their team, especially A.J. with his potential of a top draft pick for the NFL continuing to rise more and more everyday. Any idea on what potential punishment could be for the 2 starters and O’Brien could face with “loud music/ resisting arrest” ,misdemeanor charges , that could be handed down by the new and improved ‘Jones regime’?