Six University of Kentucky football players have been cleared of first-degree burglary charges by a grand jury in Fayette County.
The charges were brought last month following a police investigation of an incident that occurred last March at a private party.
Reuben Adams, Robert McClain, Devito Tisdale, Joel Williams, Earnest Sanders IV and Andru Phillips were all arrested in August. Tisdale was also charged with first-degree wanton endangerment for allegedly pointing a gun at one of the partygoers.
All of the players were in their second year with the team, and all of them pleaded not guilty to the charges, which were all dismissed. The charge of wanton endangerment against Tisdale was also dismissed by the grand jury.
After the charges were dismissed, Adams posted to social media that he was “glad the truth finally came out,” and said he was excited to get back on the field.
All six of the players have been cleared to return to practice.
“We’re always going to try and do what’s right and what’s best, but we’re gonna go with the facts,” head coach Mark Stoops said, according to the Associated Press. “We stuck by our players because we believed in them and we believed at the end of this process that they’d be exonerated, and they were.”
The charges stemmed from a March 6 private party, where Lexington police said three people attempted to enter uninvited. They became upset when they were asked to leave and later returned with more people.
According to court documents, the uninvited people then forced their way inside the home and one person was seen pointing a gun at one of the occupants. Court documents stated the players had “a physical altercation with multiple occupants of the residence,” which left many of the occupants injured.
KentuckySports.com reported that racial slurs were directed at some of the players. The fraternity throwing the party, Alpha Sigma Phi, was placed on probation after the university discovered the frat broke several university rules.