KNOXVILLE, TN- According to the Knox County Sheriff, senior defensive back Jaylen McCollough was arrested on an assault charge on Sunday. This coming just a mere day after Tennessee beat LSU in Baton Rouge, LA on Saturday afternoon.
A warrant states that McCullough, of Austell, Ga., punched Zion Spencer, who said he mistakenly entered an apartment at 2030 Grand Ave. while McCullough was inside.
The man said he’d been drinking with friends that live in the complex Sunday afternoon. He told authorities he stepped away to get something from a vehicle and when he headed back he went to the wrong building, the warrant states.
He went to what he thought was his friend’s building on the top floor and knocked on the door but no one answered. He then opened the unlocked door and went inside.
“Mr. Spencer then stated that he immediately realized that he had entered the wrong apartment and apologized before closing the door and began walking back towards the stairs in the common area. Mr. Spencer said that an unknown male pursued him out of the apartment and started getting aggressive.”
As he was walking away, he heard footsteps behind him. He turned around and the male punched him in the face.
“He fell backwards down the stairs and lost consciousness,” the warrant states.
When he came to, another male and a female who turned out to be McCullough’s girlfriend were trying to help him to his feet.
Police were called.
Spencer “had blood and swelling on his mouth and had multiple missing and broken teeth,” according to the warrant.
Police found blood on the stairs leading to the top floor of the building.
“Officers attempted to make contact with the occupants of the apartment but were unsuccessful,” the warrant states.
Police found the girlfriend in her car in the parking lot. According to the warrant, she called McCullough back to the scene.
“Mr. McCullough walked back to the scene with his right hand in bandages and blood showing through the bandage,” the warrant states.
#6 Tennessee hosts #3 Alabama in Knoxville on Saturday in front of a sold out crowd.
Veteran starting safety who is one of Tennessee’s defensive leaders … In his fourth straight season as a starter and owns two seasons of remaining eligibility … Teams up with Trevon Flowers to form one of the best 1-2 safety punches in the SEC … Has played in every game since his true freshman season at Tennessee, a total of 40 games … Started 31 games at safety … Owns 141 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, two sacks, three interceptions, 12 passes defended and one forced fumble … Enrolled at Tennessee in the spring of 2019 after a four-star high school career in Georgia.