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2 UT players arrested on alcohol-related charges

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 9, 2014 at 4:19 pm •  Published: February 9, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson and defensive lineman Danny O'Brien were arrested on alcohol-related charges and resisting arrest, authorities said Sunday.

Officers received a call about a loud party at the apartment of former Tennessee linebacker Dontavis Sapp, 22, who was also taken into custody with Johnson, 22, and O'Brien, 20, the Knox County Sheriff's Office said.

Johnson, a first-team all-Southeastern Conference selection last season, was charged with purchasing alcohol for a person underage and resisting arrest. O'Brien, a reserve nose tackle as a redshirt freshman last season, was charged with criminal impersonation, resisting arrest and underage consumption of alcohol.

O'Brien "had a very strong odor of alcohol on his breath and became combative" as an officer tried to take him into custody, according to the arrest report, which did not provide details about the other arrests.

Sapp was also charged with resisting arrest and buying alcohol for a person underage.

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