TWO BITS: Vols WR arrested, Bullard profiled

By Adam Silverstein
July 9, 2010

1 » Four-star wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers (Calhoun, GA) was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after getting into a fight early Friday morning with “seven to 10” of his Tennessee Volunteers teammates at a nightclub in Knoxville, TN. “I don’t know why. I don’t know what happened, but several of the guys started beating up the other customer,” club co-owner Sandy Morton said. “I want to guess there was seven to 10 guys beating up this one gentleman. […] My husband saw them picking up bar stools and starting to swing them. […] There happened to be a friend of ours who was an off-duty police officer outside. He tried to help, and he ended up getting knocked out in the street and proceeded to be kicked while he was down on the ground.” Rogers, who was first committed to Georgia before swinging to Tennessee, was recruited heavily by the Florida Gators for quite some time.

UPDATE: Sophomore safety Darren Myles, Jr. was also charged in the incident after being arrested for assaulting a University of Tennessee police officer and both resisting and evading arrest. Rogers was released on $1,000 hours after being arrested. More arrests are expected after conversations are held and tapes are reviewed.

2 » As readers of OGGOA are aware, we have been keeping you up-to-date with the trials and tribulations of former Gators defensive end Thaddeus Bullard – now known as Titus O’Neil to wrestling fans – in his quest to become a professional wrestler with the WWE. The Gainesville Sun was able to get a hold of Bullard and discuss a number of topics related to his new endeavor.

On joining WWE: “It’s the largest sports-entertainment company in the world. That’s what drives me. I want to compete at the highest level. I didn’t get in it to just go halfway. I’m in it to try to compete at the highest level I can.”

On his character: “My character is basically me being myself. What the WWE wants you to do is be yourself and then turn it up two or three notches when you are on camera.”

On his decision to wrestle: “I was always amazed at the physical things that they can do in a small amount of space. The entertainment aspect of it also appealed to me.”

On Tim Tebow as a pro wrestler: “I think [he] could pretty much do whatever he sets out to do. I’ve had the chance to talk to him a few times. He’s an amazing human being.”


  1. Daniel M. says:

    There is an endless list of guys that UF “recruited” that have gotten in trouble. I don’t see a bar fight involving a UT player as OGGOA worthy.

  2. No? You didn’t seem to have a problem with the Nu’Keese Richardson stories we posted… Covered Da’Rick’s recruitment on here for months; him getting arrested so soon is newsworthy. Sorry that you disagree. 🙁 Hope there is plenty else here that you can enjoy reading about. 🙂

  3. Mr2Bits says:

    Thanks for the update Adam, anything college football especially Gator related is newsworthy in my book.

  4. barbara says:

    From the article you linked to about the fight, the fact that the bar gives special treatment to football players and charges them no cover, seems like would be some sort of ncaa violation as well…

  5. Barbara – Yes. I totally glossed over that initially. Will keep on checking and see if anything develops with that.

  6. John Shanks says:

    I almost feel bad for the Vols, almost. If Dooley pulls this wreck of a program out of the ditch, he’ll be coach of the year. My money is on Vandy on Nov. 20.

  7. Joey says:

    The Vols may end up having more than just legal problems, too. Sandy Morton, co-owner of Bar Knoxville, told The Chattanooga Times Free Press that the Tennessee football players received “VIP status” at their bar and didn’t have to pay a cover.

    NCAA rules stipulate that athletes aren’t allowed to receive any extra benefits or special arrangements such as discounts at restaurants or bars.


  8. zurbo says:

    “VIP” status = Vol In Prison

  9. O-town Gator says:

    Joey, if indeed that’s true let the NCAA hammer come down on Rocky Top……at least this incident didn’t involve UF players, thank God.

  10. armygator says:

    Adam, I read today on ESPN that one of the Vol players being questioned about the fight was Junior College transfer John Brown. Is that the same John Brown that was at Florida?

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