More on Shaeffer, Smith

The more details come to light in the Sunday altercation that led to the arrest of two UT football players, the more bizarre the story becomes.

An article in Tuesday's editions of the Knoxville News-Sentinel suggests that Brent Schaeffer's girl friend was involved in an argument with Quantavious Emerson, an 18-year-old UT student, at around 5 a.m. at Clement Hall dormitory. The girl telephoned Schaeffer, who showed up at Clement Hall moments later, along with Vol teammate Bret Smith.

According to reports, both Schaeffer and Emerson removed metal baseball bats from behind the front desk but dropped them before the altercation began. A surveillance camera shows Emerson apparently shouting at Schaeffer and his girlfriend.

An affadavit filed by UT police says Schaeffer eventually struck Emerson in the neck and threw him to the floor. Smith apparently struck Emerson while he was down. Emerson sustained a head wound which required four staples to close.

Both football players have been charged with misdemeanor assault and suspended indefinitely from the team.

The News-Sentinel quotes Sean Schaeffer, Brent's father, as saying his son was "at the wrong place at the wrong time.... He's never had any problems like this, never gotten into any trouble."

After getting treatment for his wound at UT Medical Center, Emerson spoke with police but declined to press charges. Around 5:15 Sunday evening, however, two UT police officers contacted Emerson at Clement Hall. This time he named Smith and Schaeffer as his assailants. They were arrested late Sunday night.

In addition to the criminal investigation, an investigation by UT's Office of Student Judicial Affairs is underway that could lead the university to take disciplinary action against Schaeffer and Smith.

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