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Domestic violence charges dismissed against Tennessee defensive lineman Darel Middleton

According to a police report, Middleton allegedly shoved his girlfriend to the ground after he was involved in a physical altercation with another man.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Update July 31, 2020: Domestic assault charges against a UT football player have been dismissed.

According to court records, the charge was dismissed on June 29 for failure to prosecute.

A public intoxication charge has also been dismissed.

Middleton is still listed on the Vols' 2020 roster.

Original story

Tennessee defensive lineman Darel Middleton was arrested early Saturday morning on domestic assault and public intoxication charges. 

According to a police report, Middleton allegedly shoved his girlfriend to the ground after he was involved in a physical altercation with another man. 

The report said officers responded to the simple assault incident at 2:44 a.m. between 17th and 18th Streets, in the alley behind Walgreen's on Cumberland Avenue. 

When officers arrived, they couldn't find anyone at that specific location and a witness said they had moved to a nearby apartment.

The report also states Middleton was jealous of another man and pushed his girlfriend a second time, causing her to scrape her knee. 

Middleton had alcohol on his breath, "bloodshot eyes and slurred speech", according to the report. 

"We are aware of the incident and gathering information," said a spokesperson from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

The report said Middleton was taken into custody at his apartment.

Middleton later apologized for the incident on his Twitter account. In a post on Tuesday, March 2, Middleton said he believed alcohol was a factor in the incident and that he would seek counseling for it.