KNOXVILLE — Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray is an alleged suspect in two separate vandalism incidents at a Knoxville apartment complex.
The Volunteers' junior faces no charges at this time, however.
According to a police report, Bradi Hudson parked her car in the parking lot at The Landings apartments Friday night and discovered Saturday morning the roof of her 2008 Ford Special had been dented and the windshield cracked. She found a note on the car with a name and phone number and a message that read, "I know what happened to your car." Hudson called the number and was told that two males had been "drinking and throwing beer bottles and golf balls at her vehicle," according to the KPD report.
Darrell DeBusk, the public information officer for the Knoxville Police Department, said Wednesday afternoon that Bray called Hudson, apologized and offered to pay for the damages to her car.
Hudson was taking her car in for an estimate and meeting with KPD investigators at 2 p.m. Wednesday, DeBusk said. Any damage more than $500 is considered a felony in Tennessee. Once Bray called her, though, Hudson elected not to press charges.
The second victims, Kirstie Allen, found the windshield of her 2007 Volkswagen Jetta "completely smashed," according to the incident report. Allen had arrived at her apartment at 1:10 pm. Monday afternoon to eat lunch and found the damage about 30 minutes later. The incident report listed Bray and 26-year-old Michael Grandinetti, Bray's roommate and a former manager for UT's women's basketball team, as suspects.
Allen said she had called police on Friday night when she saw two people throwing beer bottles onto parked cars from the apartment's balcony and recognized them as Bray and Grandinetti. Allen said an office manager at the apartment complex told her the two had been served an eviction notice. DeBusk said Allen believes Monday's incident occurred as retaliation for her calling the police two nights earlier.
DeBusk said the KPD is still investigating Monday's incident, though there are currently no witnesses. That could make it difficult for charges to be filed. According to some media reports, Bray was not at the apartment when the incident happened on Monday.
More details as the story develops online and in Thursday's Times Free Press.
Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...