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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

ABC 24 Memphis Reports Additional Tiger Players May Face Charges

More Tiger Players May Face Charges
Reported by: Kevin Holmes
Last Update: 9/04 5:35 pm

Eyewitness News Everywhere uncovers more information on a nightclub fight that resulted in the arrests of two Tigers basketball players.

Sophomore Shawn Taggart and freshman Jeff Robinson appeared in court Tuesday morning and entered not guilty pleas on charges of disorderly conduct and inciting a riot. Robinson is also charged with assault with intent to do bodily harm. Their attorney, Leslie Ballin says he expects his clients will be cleared of all charges.

However, Taggart and Robinson may not be the only players to face charges. Eyewitness News Everywhere was able to obtain the police reports filed after the fight at the Plush Club early Sunday morning. According to a security guard, the fight began inside the club and may have been started by Tigers senior Joey Dorsey.

The report states that Dorsey jumped on the bar and began throwing money to customers. It says when he was asked to get down, he pushed the security guard and began hitting him. The report goes on to say that outside the club, Shawn Taggart began yelling obscenities at Memphis police officers and Jeff Robinson approached police with his hands curled into fists.

Taggart and Robinson were the only Tigers players arrested that night, but eyewitnesses say there were several other players inside the club. The Memphis police department says the fight is under investigation and it is possible other charges will come.

Plush club officials are not commenting on the fight at this time. Memphis police say they will have to contact the security guards who were present that night to see if the individuals named in the report can be identified as those who caused the disturbance.

Dorsey was not present at the Plush Club by the time police arrived. Police say if the security guard comes forward and makes a positive identification, then they will handle the matter accordingly.

Tigers basketball coach John Calipari says he will determine Robinson's and Taggart's punishments after the University of Memphis and Memphis police finish their separate investigations.

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