Parker, a 6-3, 305-pound junior guard who earned some All-America recognition for his play in 2007, was charged at 12:30 Saturday morning in connection with a disturbance at Sutters Mill Apartments. Parker allegedly refused to follow police instructions and continued creating a disturbance in the apartment complex parking lot. He reportedly asked some companions to leave a vehicle and join him in the parking lot prior to being arrested.
According to a KPD release cited by The News-Sentinel: "Any citizen that fails to follow the direction of an officer is subject to arrest. The actions of Mr. Parker and his failure to comply with the officer's demands is what resulted in his arrest."
A few witnesses to the incident suggested the arresting officer mishandled the situation. Knoxville Police Chief Sterling P. Owen IV said he also got a phone call from UT head coach Phillip Fulmer regarding the handling of the incident. Owen ordered a review of the arrest, which deemed the officer's actions to be justified.
Parker's arrest was the third police-related incident involving a UT football player this month. Freshmen Ahmad Paige and Gerald Jones were cited by police for misdemeanor possession of marijuana three weeks ago following a routine traffic stop. Fellow freshman William Brimfield, a passenger in the car, was not charged but was ordered by Fulmer to perform community service and join in police ride-alongs.
One week later freshman Daryl Vereen was arrested for public intoxication and underage consumption when officers responded to a fight outside Gibbs Hall Dormitory. Police reports say he was smelling of alcohol and moving unsteadily.