UK Men's Basketball

Ex-Vol Smith, two players plead guilty

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Three of four Tennessee basketball players who were arrested when a gun and marijuana were found during a traffic stop pleaded guilty Friday to charges in the case.

Former Tennessee starting forward Tyler Smith, 23, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, and junior center Brian Williams pleaded guilty to drug possession.

Sophomore guard Cameron Tatum pleaded guilty to speeding and all charges were dismissed against junior guard Melvin Goins.

The four members of the basketball team were arrested after a Jan. 1 traffic stop for speeding. Smith was dismissed from the team for his role, while the three others were suspended.

General Sessions Judge Geoff Emery sentenced Smith to one year of judicial diversion for each of the gun charges and Williams also got judicial diversion for the possession of marijuana charge. The charges will be removed from their record as long as they stay out of trouble.