Vols suspend 2 players amid assault investigation
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee has suspended linebacker A.J. Johnson and defensive back Michael Williams amid a sexual assault investigation.
The school announced the suspensions Monday afternoon on the football program’s Twitter account. Volunteers coach Butch Jones confirmed earlier Monday that members of the team were subjects of the Knoxville police investigation without naming anyone.
Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said in statement that officers arrived at a Knoxville apartment complex Sunday just before 3 a.m. A woman told police she’d been raped by two males and a second female said she was sexually assaulted. DeBusk said the suspects were Tennessee students but haven’t been named because they haven’t been charged.
DeBusk said one woman “has decided not to prosecute at this time,” but the other wants to press charges.