Fulmer lines up punishment for Parker
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee guard Anthony Parker faces disciplinary action following his weekend arrest on a charge of disorderly conduct.
Coach Phillip Fulmer said in a statement Wednesday that Parker will be subjected to morning runs, curfew, community service, police ride-alongs and other punishments.
“I have watched Anthony Parker mature and grow as a young man, student and leader on our team over the years, and I am proud of his growth,” Fulmer said. “However in this incident, I do not believe he respected the officer as he should have and unintentionally created a situation that could have been avoided.”
Parker was charged with disorderly conduct Saturday morning after an off-duty Knoxville police officer responded to a crowd in an apartment parking lot.
Knoxville Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said everyone at the scene was asked to leave and Parker was arrested after he did not comply. He was released on $500 bond.
The police investigated the arrest after complaints were made to the department, but the investigation found the officer acted appropriately.
Parker, a junior and second-team All-American who started at left guard for all 13 games last season, is one of four Tennessee players involved in incidents with police this offseason.
Between January and July of 2005, eight Tennessee players were arrested or cited for crimes ranging from assault to underage drinking. Fulmer said players’ problems with the law were an embarrassment to the program.
ROCKING NEYLAND: Country singers Taylor Swift and Montgomery Gentry will headline a Neyland Stadium concert the day before Tennessee’s Orange and White spring game.
The April 18 performance will be the first in the 104,000-seat stadium since hometown artist Kenny Chesney played there in 2003, preceded only by a performance that included Michael Jackson in 1984.
Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton compares the football spring game to “midnight madness” in basketball and says the inaugural pre-game Gridiron Bash will boost the fan experience.
There also will be a giant pep rally and appearances by Vols players and coaches.
New York-based promoter MSL Sports is staging at least a dozen campus concerts at prominent football programs the same day. Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas will perform at Penn State, ZZ Top has signed on at Texas A&M, Counting Crows will perform at Colorado, and the Goo Goo Dolls will be a Kansas State.