Tennessee football players are facing misdemeanor charges that include simple possession after being stopped in a vehicle early Saturday on the Cumberland Avenue Strip, UTPD reports show. Those players are highly touted freshman QB hopeful Kaidon Salter and Amari McNeill.
For freshman quarterback Salter, 18, this marks the second time in three months that he has had a run in with police. He was suspended back in March after being accused in an incident at Stokely Hall on campus.
Salter was driving a vehicle on Cumberland Avenue Strip around 3:00am Saturday morning when UTPD initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling with no registration plates. Upon approaching the vehicle, the police officer asked Salter for his identification, which he did not have.
The Tennessee Athletic Department is aware of the situation and is awaiting further information.
“We are aware of the incident and are awaiting further information,”
The police report states: “Mr. Salter was stopped for a violation of light law (no tail lights) and a tinted plate cover over the vehicle`s registration. Mr. Salter subsequently admitted (post Miranda) to having marijuana (approx 4 grams) and telling the passenger to throw it out when officers stopped the vehicle.”
He’s not shown on the UT football player roster. He joined summer workouts June 1.
The UTPD report for McNeill states as follows:
“On 19 June 2021 at approximately 0300 hours a traffic stop was performed on a vehicle. A bag of marijuana was observed on the ground in front of the vehicle and (McNeill) admitted to throwing the bag from the vehicle in hopes of avoiding detection. (McNeill) was charged with simple possession … and released from the scene.”
A source connected to the Tennessee coaching staff told ATP on Monday evening that Salter is facing a “likely dismissal” after the incident.
“They’re going to do everything they can (to keep Salter on the roster), but they already did that the first time around. Hands are tied now. Tough decisions are being made soon.