Updated: Sep 4, 2021
UK has announced that six players from the football program have been charged with first degree burglary. Reports says that a fight took place last March between a fraternity off campus and the six individuals from the team, and the legal side of it is just now coming to light as players take home charges, five months after the incident. Next week they will appear in front of a judge and things will become more official then.
On March 6th to be exact, a few of the players went to a frat party uninvited, and were asked to leave, in which resulted a fight breaking out. It eventually de-escalated, and the football players left to only return at a later time that evening, with the full six who are being charged, 'forcing their way' into the residence.
The six players have been announced to be:
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Allegedly a gun was pulled by UK's Vito Tisdale in the situation. He has been charged with wanton endangerment as well.
UK Head Football Coach Mark Stoops and UK Athletics both have released statements on the situation:
The Kentucky State Police also commented on the situation. "On Saturday, March 6, 2021, there was a private party being thrown at a residence. During the party, three individuals entered the residence uninvited and were asked to leave. The individuals became upset and threatened they would return. A short time later, the three individuals returned with additional subjects. The group forced their way into the residence. One suspect was observed pointing a firearm at a victim. As a result of the investigation, the six suspects listed have been charged with Burglary 1st Degree. Mr. Devito Tisdale has also ben charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree based on being identified as the suspect pointing a handgun at one of the victims."
When this originally took place last spring, all six players were removed from team activities, and allowed to return later, in the month of June.
Kentucky Sports Radio's Matt Jones helped scarify the situation on his Twitter Thursday afternoon.
As this story continues to develop, I'll keep you updated.