6 Kentucky Football Players Facing First-Degree Burglary Charges

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Six Kentucky football players are in trouble with the law.

According to reports, six players — Reuben “RJ” Adams, Robert “Jutahn” McClain, Andru Phillips, Earnest Sanders IV, Vito Tisdale, and Joel Williams — have been charged with first-degree burglary stemming from an incident at a private party in March of this year.

Tisdale has an additional charge of wanton endangerment for allegedly waving a firearm during the incident.

“I am aware of the situation that arose today. Out of respect for the legal process, I cannot comment on the charges,” head coach Mark Stoops said in a statement.

“We have been aware of this matter since March, as we withheld the players from team activities while a student conduct review was held. Based on the outcome of the review, the players returned to activity in June. We are evaluating the current situation as we receive more information.”

From CBS news affiliate WKYT:

According to police, on Saturday, March 6, 2021, there was a private party being thrown at a residence. During the party, three individuals entered the residence uninvited and were asked to leave. The individuals became upset and threatened they would return. Police say a short time later, the three individuals returned with additional subjects. The group forced their way into the residence. One suspect was observed pointing a firearm at a victim.

“The institution and athletics department take these matters very seriously. We are closely evaluating this issue before determining next steps,” the university said.

All of the players are due in court on Friday.

As for the rest of the Wildcats, their focus is on the 2021 season-opener which is scheduled for Saturday, September 4 against Louisiana-Monroe at Kroger Field.

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