published Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Mocs’ running back Williams faces drug charges

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    Keon Williams was arrested by the Chattanooga Housing Authority and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga running back Keon Williams was arrested early Sunday by Chattanooga Housing Authority police and charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana for resale.

Mocs coach Russ Huesman said Tuesday that he knew about the arrest and had spoken with Williams, who is due in court May 23.

“I’m aware of the situation, and we’ll see what happens in the next couple of weeks,” Huesman said.

According to the arrest report, Williams was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped on Dee Drive at about 1:15 a.m. The road was blocked as police investigated another incident, and the car was traveling at a high rate of speed when police ordered it to stop, the report said.

Police saw Williams drop a white container to the floorboard, and they say it held about 10 grams of marijuana. Also several items of drug paraphernalia — scales and a marijuana grinder — were found in the book bag at Williams’ feet.

The report noted that police read Williams his rights and “he did afterwards tell police each of the items found were his.”

UTC spokesman Chuck Cantrell said students who are arrested are subject to a student conduct judicial review, separate from the criminal investigation, which could result in disciplinary action from the university.

Williams was an all-state player at Red Bank High School in 2009 and rushed for 500 yards as a UTC freshman in 2010.

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John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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WEBMAN said...


May 4, 2011 at 8:04 a.m.
grandmastaj said...

Axe to grind? Hope you aren't a Vols fan, because there's been much worse in Knoxville than a little pot. And stop yelling, it's rude.

May 4, 2011 at 8:18 a.m.
obviously said...

Webman seems to have the inside scoop. I didnt know other people could take ACT/SAT tests for kids these days, especially when you have to provide a picture ID along with other proofs of identification. As far as investigating the teachers go, you have got to be kidding me. Keon was definitely helped, but in no way was given the easy way out. I agree with grandmasta in that it sounds like you have an axe to grind. Congrats on bashing an 18yr old kid who is going to make mistakes.

May 4, 2011 at 8:28 a.m.
Rivieravol said...

Hey Dipstick, what indication do you have that WEBMAN is a Vol fan? If anything it would appear to me he is a MTSU fan.

May 4, 2011 at 12:36 p.m.
Bowen33 said...

I really don't think getting busted for pot and resale is just something we can say "oh he's just 18 and made a little mistake". LOL that's funny. There is no mistake here. He just thought he would get away with it like everyone else and was busted. I'm tired of people thinking oh they're only in their teens they're allowed to make these mistakes...they're not. He was trying to make some extra money and get high. He knew exactly what he was doing and the Consequences that go along with it. A mistake is when you don't know your doing the wrong thing.

May 4, 2011 at 1:21 p.m.
prettygurl said...

Webman....first of all Red Bank has nothing to do with him doing what he did....if a white student had did this you would be standing behind them....Red Bank graduate fine individuals and as a matter of fact i am an alumni of this fine school.... i agree with the other people who said that if this happened on UT campus the will keep it hush hush....The teachers and the coaches do the best they can do for them while they are in high school...In the end he is a grown man and can make decisions for his own self

May 4, 2011 at 3:30 p.m.

Uh oh. The UTC football program doesn't need this.

May 4, 2011 at 4:50 p.m.
WEBMAN said...

@prettygurl Thank you for validating my point about the teachers and coaches at Red Bank High school needing to be,wow,wow.This is not about race.Read the article.I forgot,you graduated from Red Bank.Should I use pictures in my comment so you can understand the words that are coming out of my mouth.

May 4, 2011 at 5:42 p.m.
prettygurl said...

@ Webman....first of all people that graduated from there is not thugs...secondly i am college student and don't need no pictures..since you suggests i need pictures may be you need pictures and plus i graduate with him and he did ok in class. Since u want the teachers to be investigated how you be a teachers since you have so much mouth....put yourself in the coaches and teachers shoes for a day and see how you survive...Do you need pictures now

May 4, 2011 at 8:41 p.m.
Bowen33 said...

@ prettyurl Your post was incredibly hard to read and understand. I also went to Red Bank, quite a few years ago, for a short while. I must say I'm embarrassed by your grammar and sentence forming knowledge. You do realize a lot of people read these post? All I'm asking is if your in College maybe you could write like your in college...just saying.

May 5, 2011 at 2:16 a.m.
obviously said...

Yeah, prettygurl, you're posts are getting hard to understand, please stop and at least read them over. Anyways, don't think that what Keon did and how pretttgurl presented themselves is how things are at Red Bank. It is a fine school, with test score right up there with the beloved private schools in this area. Keon's situation was just being in the wrong crowd, nothing to do with his character. He is a great kid, but like what happens teens sometimes, was influenced by the wrong people. It's not fair to put the bad rap on Red Bank, because in no way are his actions a reflection on that school. Keon must have started in from of Webman's son or something as butthurt as he is about this.

May 5, 2011 at 7:34 a.m.
WEBMAN said...

@obviously My son played at Boyd Buchanan.As a black male, I am tired of young men like Keyon Williams being "protected" and "ruined" by schools just because he can play a game.Now that he is in trouble, lets see how UTC treats this situation.It is a PR nightmare for UTC at the moment, but when things cool down,PR wise,this child will be kicked to the curb.My son was offered scholarships to play at UT-KNOXVILLE, GEORGIA, MTSU AND OLE MISS.He turned all the football factories down.He chose to get an education and not pad the pockets of these schools.Your comment about the ACT/SAT indentifications needed.Don't make me laugh.I am a retired teacher.If the test is administered at your school, I have seen it done for students where teachers "turn the other way" to allow a more "gifted" student to take an exam for a less "gifted" student. By the way, since we are talking about Red Bank and not Keyon Williams, how is Gerald Riggs doing today.LMAO

May 5, 2011 at 8:39 a.m.
prettygurl said...

@ Obviously i agree with you because people are trying to make Red Bank look like the bad guys in the situation. Keon is old enough to know he did was wrong.I attend a private college that most blacks come to because they are athletes but i received academic awards.I am not agree what he did wrong. @ Webman I upset at the point about you were saying that the teachers are passing him along because he is a athlete. When it comes to grades the teachers are very hard and strict.

May 5, 2011 at 10:25 a.m.
Bowen33 said...

I know from experience...teachers gave me passing grades and special privileges all through high school because I was good at sports. My fellow team mates had the same advantage. It happens at every school and it will always happen.

May 5, 2011 at 11:22 a.m.
obviously said...

Gerald and Keon are two totally different situations. I cant argue with the fact that Gerald was given everything except his next breath. Keon was not, there were teachers that stuck with him until the very last moment, helping him try and get the grades to make it through the Clearinghouse, thus the reason MTSU dropped him. UTC definitely took a shot in the dark with him, but it wasnt because character was ever and issue. Finally, Im calling BS on the fact that your son turned down FULL SCHOLARSHIPS to SEC schools to play football. If it was withing the last 10yrs, and if he played at Boyd, I dont believe it at all.

May 5, 2011 at 12:07 p.m.
usedtobalion said...

So my 8th grade child was to go to red bank but we recieved a letter about 2-3 months ago that they were not making graduation numbers and my child could attend another school.Thank goodness, this school is failing badly and I am glad my child want have to suffer there. Gayle Chuey, Mr. Pierce and the rest of there admin there will not admit those facts; but I have the paperwork we recieved from the county in my hand.

During the 2009 football season the week of one of the football playoff games a young man was caught by a coach having sex in the wrestling locker room before school.Chuey was called because the girl was in the stall and they needed a female admin to come and get her. She was aware of what was going on and the DB was sat out for the 1st period of the play off game the following Friday night. Now I ask "is that proper punishment for that offense"? This is the way things were and prob still handled there. Def needs to be a long look at the administration there and there recruiting habits. Allowing star football and basketball players do as they please, gets you what you see here later with this athlete. Was this athlete smoking the weed back then...OH Heck yea ...the only clean guy in that starting backfield was the QB. Yes he was the only RB boy in that backfield also. There is a long list of athletes that were not RED BANK athletes that were on that 2008-2009 football team...ask Coach Turner from Tyner.

How many does this upcoming year have???????

For those who claimed to go there in the past... this is not your old red bank ...the new name "Westside Homes High".

btw my axe is sharp and does not need grinding just stating facts!!!

May 5, 2011 at 1:51 p.m.
obviously said...

The instance in 2009 that you speak about, there was no proof that the two students were having sex. Both kids were clothed, but were alone and in the wrestling room. Was it about to happen? or had it already happened? They were not caught in the act. The fact that there are so many haters out there blasting Red Bank is ridiculous. Send your kid to any other public school in Chattanooga (Central, Brainerd, Ooltewah,East Ham, hell throw in Tyner and Howard) and you'll see a HUGE difference. The schools graduation rate has dropped due to the re-zoning, but still test as high as anyone in the county. You can get an education anywhere you put effort. That sharp axe sounds like an upset Tyner fan to me? btw that DB didnt play the whole game that year, didnt have to, REd Bank won 48-8

May 5, 2011 at 2:14 p.m.
WEBMAN said...

@ obviously give me a fax number and I will send you copies of the offers.

May 5, 2011 at 4:14 p.m.
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