Five current and former University of Kentucky football players are suing three members of the Lexington Police Department.
Reuben Adams, Jutahn McClain, Andru Phillips, DeVito Tisdale and Joel Williams were facing burglary charges in connection with a March 2021 fight at a fraternity party. Those charges were later dropped by a Fayette County grand jury. If indicted, each player could have faced 10 years in prison.
Now, the players are suing Officer Cory Vinlove. The players claim he made false charges without probable cause.
Their attorneys say the false charges led to their temporary suspensions, harmed their football, education and professional careers and defamed their names, images, and likenesses.
In addition to Vinlove, the lawsuit also lists police Lt. Donnell Gordon, Police Chief Lawrence Weathers and “unknown officers and supervisors of the Lexington Police Department.”
Tisdale, McClain and Phillips are still on the UK football team. Earnest Sanders, who has since transferred to Saginaw Valley State, was also charged in the March 2021 incident, but is not involved with the lawsuit.