Mahelona to pay to fix fire truck he damaged in anger
March 17, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee defensive tackle Jesse Mahelona has agreed to pay for damage to a fire engine after he got angry at seeing his condominium on fire and knocked a handrail off the truck.
The off-campus condominium Mahelona shared with offensive tackle Arron Sears burned early Sunday morning, and Mahelona lost everything he had.
Mahelona, who was named All-Southeastern Conference as a junior last season, was upset and hit the handrail hard enough to knock it off.
Instead of being charged, Mahelona agreed to pay damages estimated between $100 and $200 and apologize to firefighters. Coach Phillip Fulmer and Fire Chief Carlos Perez worked out the deal on Tuesday.
``In talking with the coach today the chief felt that Jesse was remorseful for what he did,'' fire department spokesman Charlie Barker said on Tuesday.
Mahelona, of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, was asked to write a letter of apology and visit the firefighters who responded to the fire.
Investigators determined a candle in a bedroom caused the fire.
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03-18-2005, 09:44 AM #1
UT football player to pay to fix fire truck he damaged
03-18-2005, 12:56 PM #2
I'm reminded of a song....We didn't start the fire!!9/11/01 Never forget Never forgive
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03-18-2005, 03:45 PM #3
03-19-2005, 10:45 AM #4
Role models?????Richard Nester
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03-19-2005, 10:58 AM #5
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Knocked off a rail by punching it? I hope the post was already loose. Hate to have to run on this guy if he had a seizure or somethign.NREMT-P\ Volunteer Fire Chief\Tactical Paramedic
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03-19-2005, 11:28 AM #6
Just what would have been done if he was not a football player. atleast he payed up.
03-19-2005, 11:30 AM #7
I agree with the last post. It is unfortunate they seem to be making more of an issue that he is a football player rather than focusing on the act. Football player or homeless person....pay up!09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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