5 UK football players sue Lexington officer over 'slanderous' charges

5 UK football players sue Lexington officer over ‘slanderous’ charges

Five current and former University of Kentucky football players are suing a Lexington police officer after charges against them were dropped. Reuben Adams, Jutahn McClain, Andru Phillips, DeVito Tisdale and Joel Williams were all charged in connection with a fight at a frat party back in March of 2021.According to the Lexington police, three players made their way into the party uninvited and were asked to leave. Investigators said the individuals “became upset and threatened they would return.” Police said the three returned later with more people, forced their way in, and one had a gun. Each player could have faced 10 years in prison. The players say contrary to what police said, members and guests of the fraternity hurled racial slurs toward them and physically assaulted them. They also claim McClain wasn’t even there. Now, the players are suing Officer Cory Vinlove, who the players say made false and slanderous charges without probable cause. According to a release from their attorneys, they say the charges led to their temporary suspensions, harmed their football, education and professional careers and defamed their names, images and likenesses. Our sister station WKYT reached out to Lexington officials about the lawsuit and were told , “The city does not comment on open lawsuits.”Tisdale, McClain and Phillips are still on the UK football team.The lawsuit does not mention Earnest Sanders, who was also part of the group charged. He no longer plays for UK.

Five current and former University of Kentucky football players are suing a Lexington police officer after charges against them were dropped.

Reuben Adams, Jutahn McClain, Andru Phillips, DeVito Tisdale and Joel Williams were all charged in connection with a fight at a frat party back in March of 2021.

According to the Lexington police, three players made their way into the party uninvited and were asked to leave. Investigators said the individuals “became upset and threatened they would return.”

Police said the three returned later with more people, forced their way in, and one had a gun.

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The charges were later dropped by a grand jury months later. Each player could have faced 10 years in prison.

The players say contrary to what police said, members and guests of the fraternity hurled racial slurs toward them and physically assaulted them. They also claim McClain wasn’t even there.

Now, the players are suing Officer Cory Vinlove, who the players say made false and slanderous charges without probable cause.

The lawsuit also names police Lt. Donnell Gordon, police Chief Lawrence Weathers and “unknown officers and supervisors of the Lexington Police Department.”

According to a release from their attorneys, they say the charges led to their temporary suspensions, harmed their football, education and professional careers and defamed their names, images and likenesses.

Our sister station WKYT reached out to Lexington officials about the lawsuit and were told, “The city does not comment on open lawsuits.”

Tisdale, McClain and Phillips are still on the UK football team.

The lawsuit does not mention Earnest Sanders, who was also part of the group charged. He no longer plays for UK.

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