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Tennessee Player Releases Statement After Leaving Game At Halftime

A high end zone view of Neyland Stadium

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Tennessee football had a rough day on Saturday. The Vols were throttled 47-21 by Florida, and had an issue with a player as well.

After the loss, Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt said that linebacker Quarte Sapp was asked to leave the sideline after refusing to enter the game. Pruitt confirmed that Sapp did not quit, as one fan originally tweeted, but that he was told to go into the locker room.

Pruitt did not disclose Sapp's future status with the program.

Now, Sapp himself has released a statement. It gives a different version of events than Pruitt's.

According to Sapp, he was never asked nor did he refuse to go into the game. The fourth-year junior described "a sideline altercation" that he expects to be solved "internally."

Sapp added that he is still fully committed to the Vols. You can read his full statement below.

Sapp recorded three tackles in the season opener against West Virginia, but has not gotten into the stat column since.

We'll see if there is any further discipline for him stemming from this incident.

Tennessee fell to 2-2 after yesterday's loss. The Vols have to play No. 2 Georgia next week, and that one could get ugly.