Vols LB Sapp addresses sideline conflict, leaving game vs. Florida

Quart'e Sapp addressed a conflict that occurred on the Vols' sideline during Tennessee's football game vs. Florida Saturday night.

In a tweet Sunday morning, Sapp reaffirmed his commitment to play for UT, saying he'd address the situation publicly only once.

Rumors were circulating after Sapp appeared to leave the team during the third quarter and beckon to his mother, who was sitting in the stands, to leave with him.

"During the UT vs. UF game I never was asked nor did I ever refuse to go into the game," Sapp said in the tweet. "There was a sideline confrontation (I'm sure will be resolved internally) that occurred and the other party involved had to be restrained."


Sapp's account of the situation directly contradicts what Coach Jeremy Pruitt said after the Vols' 47-21 loss to Florida.

“He left the field in the middle of the game because he wouldn’t go into the game when he was asked to go in,” Pruitt said. “I don’t know how things were done before, but when you tell somebody to go in and they refuse to go in, we’re not going to do that around here. I asked him to leave.”

The Vols (2-2, 0-1 SEC) will travel to No. 2 Georgia (4-0, 2-0 SEC) Saturday. The game is set for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff on WVLT.