Report: Titans tackle Isaiah Wilson attended an off-campus party at Tennessee State

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At a time when off-campus parties throughout the country are spreading the coronavirus to college students and student-athletes, it likely was inevitable that an NFL player would be present at one of them.

Paul Kuharsky reports that Titans tackle Isaiah Wilson, the team’s first-round pick in the 2020 draft, recently received a trespass warning from Tennessee State from Tennessee State police after attending a party in TSU off-campus apartments.

Per the report, Wilson considered jumping from a second-story balcony to evade campus law-enforcement officials before accepting the consequences for his decision to engage in the kind of activities that could introduce COVID-19 to the facilities of his team.

“We’re aware of the situation at TSU during a no-visitors policy and continue to stress the importance of good decision making as we go outside the facility,” coach Mike Vrabel said, via Kuharsky.

“We’ve handled it internally,” G.M. Jon Robinson said.

If Wilson were a bottom-of-the-roster player, he likely would have experienced the same type of swift and unrelenting justice visited upon former Seahawks rookie Kemah Siverand, who was caught trying to bring a woman dressed in Seahawks gear into the team hotel. Wilson’s draft status undoubtedly saved his job, even though his behavior put the entire roster in jeopardy of catching the virus.

Another person at the party identified himself as Titans running back Darrynton Evans, a third-round pick in 2020 from Appalachian State. According to Kuharsky, campus police did not secure official identification from the man who claimed to be Evans. His agent denied that Evans was present.

“It was categorically not Darryton,” agent Michael Parrett told Kuharsky. “If you know anything about Darryton, his mom had COVID, he’s lost a couple of family members to it. He’s taking this very seriously, he’s following things to a ‘T’. He was in his hotel. He talked to Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel, they asked him point-blank. It’s unfortunate someone has brought his name into it. Darryton was not there.”

Because the total number of people present at the Tennessee State off-campus party isn’t known, it’s also unknown whether Wilson violated the NFL-NFLPA prohibition against attending house parties with more than 15 people present. Still, the behavior itself shows that, despite the unexpected success that the NFL’s 32 franchises have experienced when it comes to minimizing the total number of infections (only five players in the entire league currently are on the COVID-19 reserve list), the risk that a player, especially a younger one like the 21-year-old Wilson, will potentially exposed himself to the virus while not at work lingers.

36 responses to “Report: Titans tackle Isaiah Wilson attended an off-campus party at Tennessee State

  1. Double standard again. Make an example out of him like Siverand. If he gets away with a slap on the wrist, Gronk will be next DJ’ing at Tampa beach parties.

  2. He’s still immature. A kid’s mistake. He doesn’t fully realize the value of the NFL if they play versus if they don’t. That his actions could cost the team and the league.

  3. The RB’s agent does not even spell his client’s first name correctly. Legal strategy possibly?

  4. They should have worked out a deal where any player caught engaging in these unnecessary risks is automatically on the Comissioner’s Exempt List for 8 games or so. That would scare the majority of these guys straight. Those
    Bentleys won’t pay for themselves.

  5. Alternate, alternate headline: individual selfishly socializes, while potentially endangering the lives and livelihood of his colleagues

  6. mookie34 says:

    August 21, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Double standard again. Make an example out of him like Siverand. If he gets away with a slap on the wrist, Gronk will be next DJ’ing at Tampa beach parties.
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    Except it’s not a double standard since the Titans and Seahawks are 2 different teams. If you work at Microsoft and do something wrong the punishment wont neccesarily be the same if you did it Apple.

  7. Dudes can’t stand having to attend college just to get into the NFL. As soon as they get drafted, they’re right back on campus showing off and trying to pick up college chicks.

  8. This pretty much confirms what the college coaches have been saying. These players especially the college ones are going to be alot safer being with the teams and being tested than hanging with their friends and going to parties. They are 18-20 year olds that feel invisible so trying to contain them to their parents house or apartment will not work for 90% of these kids.

  9. Two Week Quarantine minimum! …heavily fined! This kind of selfishness will be the downfall of the season!

  10. cincinnatikid13 says:
    August 21, 2020 at 11:18 pm
    Alternate headline: Individual socializes.
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    Alternate headline : August 22 2021 , the country is still reeling from virus .

  11. Soooooo, he was possibly on a college campus illegally? Attending a party that is against all Covid-19 advice? And against his employers wishes?

    Must have been one heck of a party…..

  12. Alteenate headline: Isiah Wilson risks catching a mild flu virus 99.9% of the World recovers from to enjoy his constitutionally protected freedoms of association and freedom to peacably assemble.

  13. onewarriornation says:
    August 22, 2020 at 9:08 am
    Alteenate headline: Isiah Wilson risks catching a mild flu virus 99.9% of the World recovers from to enjoy his constitutionally protected freedoms of association and freedom to peacably assemble.
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    A mild flu doesn’t kill 175,000 people in 5 months in the USA and 630 ,000 for the rest of the world . With attitudes like yours it’s easy to understand how the USA accounts for 20% of the world total even though we only account for 4% of the world’s population .

  14. joenobrain says:
    August 22, 2020 at 11:19 am
    Nanny state.
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    Yeah , we should just continue to ignore all recommended safety protocols because that’s worked out so well for us .

  15. At a time when off-campus parties throughout the country are spreading the coronavirus to college students and student-athletes
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    And exactly how do you know it isn’t the college students and student-athletes that are the ones spreading the virus at those parties? I’ve been reading several stories of these college students having COVID parties so it’s very narrow minded to think it’s all everyone elses fault and not the students or athletes spreading it!

  16. Suspend at least the first two games and if NFLPA agrees hold any signing bonus until after the season.

  17. Per the report, Wilson considered jumping from a second-story balcony to evade campus law-enforcement officials before accepting the consequences
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    He must have been rooming with Robert Nkemdiche.

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