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Two Football Players Plead To Beating Trainer

March 14, 1996

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Two Tennessee football players were ordered to perform 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault for beating up a university trainer last month.

Freshman wide receiver Greg Kyler and sophomore linebacker Antony Hampton, who remain suspended from the team because of the incident, pleaded guilty to the reduced charge Wednesday in Knox County Sessions Court.

They were arrested for assault for the Feb. 17 beating of Brian Forrest, a part-time employee with the UT training staff. Their lawyer, Brent Watson, refused to say why the players attacked Forrest.

Judge Bob McGee ordered the pair to pay $127.25 in fines plus court costs and perform the community service. The judge said if they don’t break the law in six months the charges would be dismissed and they could request their records to be cleared.

Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said Wednesday, ``I have no decision at this point at all″ on Kyler and Hampton’s future with the team.

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