Tatum, who was driving the car, reportedly was stopped for speeding. Detecting the scent of marijuana, the police officer requested backup. The ensuing search of the vehicle turned up a handgun under each of the two front seats. The gun on the passenger side reportedly has an altered serial number. Reportedly, police also found a bag of marijuana and an open container of alcohol in the car.
Tatum reportedly is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and having an open container of alcohol.
Smith, who was in the front passenger seat, is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of firearm with an altered serial number.
Goins is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana.
Williams is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number and possession of marijuana.
"We take these matters very seriously," Vol head coach Bruce Pearl said in a statement released by the university at around 3 o'clock. "We are still gathering information. Once the appropriate authorities have provided us with all of the facts, we will act accordingly."
Roughly seven hours later, Pearl released a follow-up statement announcing disciplinary action against the four players. It read:
"I am deeply saddened and troubled by today's news. I am indefinitely suspending Melvin (Goins), Tyler (Smith), Cameron (Tatum) and Brian (Williams) from all team activities until we have more information about today's incident. I apologize for the embarrassment this has caused to our University."
The Vols, 10-2 and ranked No. 14 nationally, beat Memphis 66-59 at FedExForum Thursday afternoon, ending the Tigers' 23-game home win streak. The Vols flew back to Knoxville Thursday night and are scheduled to host Charlotte Wednesday at Thompson-Boling Arena.