Six Kentucky football players charged with first-degree burglary


Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops walks the field before the University of Kentucky vs. University of South Carolina football game on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky. UK won 41-18. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

Hunter Shelton

Six football players from the University of Kentucky have been charged with first-degree burglary, stemming back to an incident that took place in March, according to a release.

R.J Adams, JuTahn McClain, Andru Phillips, Earnest Sanders IV, Vito Tisdale and Joel Williams are the players facing charges. 

According to police, on Saturday, March 6, 2021, three individuals entered a private party uninvited. Upon being asked to leave, they became upset and threatened to return.

Police then say later that night, the subjects returned with additional subjects, whom then forced their way into the residence, with one suspect pointing a firearm. 

According to the release, Tisdale has also been charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, as he was identified as the suspect who pointed the firearm.

Mark Stoops and UK Athletics have since released statements:

UK Athletics:  “The institution and athletics department take these matters very seriously. We are closely evaluating this issue before determining next steps.”