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5 UK soccer players sue Lexington officer over ‘defamatory’ charges


Five current and former University of Kentucky football players are suing a Lexington police officer after charges against them were dropped. March 2021. According to Lexington Police, three players entered the party uninvited and were asked to leave. Investigators said the individuals “got angry and threatened to come back.” Police said the three men later returned with other people, broke in and one of them had a gun. Read the previous story here The charges were later dropped by a grand jury months later. Each player could have faced 10 years in prison. The players say that contrary to what police said, fraternity members and guests hurled racial slurs at 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 libelous charges without probable cause. The lawsuit also names Police Lt. Donnell Gordon, Police Chief Lawrence Weathers, and “unknown officers and supervisors from the Lexington Police Department.” According to a statement from their lawyers, 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 contacted Lexington officials about the lawsuit and was told, “The city does not comment on open lawsuits.” Tisdale, McClain and Phillips are still part of the British football team. The lawsuit does not mention Earnest Sanders, who was also part of the charged group. He no longer plays for the 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 have all been charged over a fight at a frat night in March 2021.

According to Lexington Police, three players entered the party uninvited and were asked to leave. Investigators said the individuals “got angry and threatened to come back.”

Police said the three men later returned with other people, broke in and one of them had a gun.

Read the previous story here

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

The players say that contrary to what police said, fraternity members and guests hurled racial slurs at 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 libelous charges without probable cause.

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

According to a statement from their lawyers, they claim 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 contacted Lexington officials about the lawsuit and were told, “The city does not comment on open lawsuits.”

Tisdale, McClain and Phillips are still part of the British football team.

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

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