published Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

UTC linebacker arrested

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga backup linebacker J.D. Dothard was arrested this afternoon and charged with domestic assault following an incident Tuesday night involving his girlfriend.

According to the arrest report, Dothard and his girlfriend were arguing in his Boling Apartments residence and he asked her to leave. She refused and he tried to force her out.

Then, according to the report, there was a physical confrontation that resulted in the alleged victim sustaining a “busted lip and bruising and scratching around her right eye.”

The fifth-year senior from Carrollton, Ga., is the second UTC football player arrested for domestic assault this season. Redshirt freshman Keyon Reed, of Palm Bay, Fla., has a court date next month stemming from his September arrest.

Mocs coach Russ Huesman learned of Dothard’s arrest shortly before UTC’s practice this afternoon and said afterward that he didn’t know enough details to comment.

Dothard, the older brother of starting linebacker Wes Dothard, played in seven games this season, mostly on special teams.

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cheesy_rider said...

I suffered a few busted lips, bruised eyes, and scratches myself while attending that fine university over two decades ago, however most the time it was from the bouncers at yesterday's just keeping me inline. Seriously though, I do not condone men assaulting women, however I'M glad to see couples resolving their differences in some manner other than a gunfight...jus sayin.

October 26, 2011 at 10:19 p.m.
obviously said...

So....she was at HIS apartment, he asked HER to leave, she didn't comply, and he forced her out the door? Apparently she didn't want to take the easy way out.

October 27, 2011 at 7:20 a.m.
Astropig said...

This is unjust. He asked HER to leave. He ASKED her to leave.She refused to comply. I gar-on-tee you that if their roles were reversed, he would have been charged,tried and convicted by now and strung up.

I don't know this guy,but he deserves due process here before he gets pilloried in the local press.

October 27, 2011 at 8:32 a.m.
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