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article imageCollege Basketball: Four Tennessee Volunteers Arrested

By Michael Bearak     Jan 1, 2010 in Sports
Friday four Tennessee Volunteers were arrested in Knoxville, Tennessee on an array of charges that stemmed from a stop for speeding.
Early New Years Day the Tennessee Volunteers were dealt a huge blow to their season as four of their basketball players were arrested on a series of charges including speeding, firearms possession, possession of an open bottle of alcohol.
The four players included; senior forward Tyler Smith, junior point guard Melvin Goins, 22, junior center Brian Williams, 22, and sophomore guard Cameron Tatum, 21. It started out as a routine traffic stop for speeding when the officers smelled marijuana, but couldn't tell if any of the players were under the influence at the time of the traffic stop.
Tatum was arrested for possession of an open bottle as well as possession of a fire arms. Smith was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, which is a felony. Goins and Williams both face gun and drug possession charges.
Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl issued a statement, "We are still gathering information. Once the appropriate authorities have provided us with all of the facts, we will act accordingly." Pearl went on to say that the team takes these matters very seriously.
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