Vanderbilt running back Jermaine Doster was taken into custody by Metro Police this weekend following an incident downtown that prompted police officers to use a Taser on the third-year sophomore.
The 22-year-old, who was suspended last season by Commodores coach Bobby Johnson, has been “suspended indefinitely… for violation of team rules,” said Brian Reese, VU’s director of football operations Monday night, speaking on behalf of Johnson.
Doster, who was not traveling with the football team on its road game in New York against Army, reportedly ignored orders by police officers during an altercation in the street near 2nd Avenue and Broadway before being tased.
According to reports, the defendant was observed fighting with other subjects in the street. As police approached, other subjects backed away from the defendant who, police said, then went across the street after the subjects and started swinging.
Then, despite repeated orders of “Stop, Police!” the defendant continued to advance on the subjects swinging at them. A taser was deployed on the defendant and he was taken into custody, police said.
Metro Police charged Doster with resisting arrest and obstruction of justice. It is unclear at the point what the penalty might be, but Vanderbilt is moving forward.
“We are going to gather more information before we decide if any more punishment needs to be handed down,” Reese added.
Doster, of Tampa, Fla., is the younger brother of the late Kwane Doster, a popular former Vanderbilt athlete was who shot and killed in while sitting in a car the day after Christmas in 2004. In June 2006 Jermaine verbally committed to play for the Commodores.
Last year, The City Paper reported that he had been suspended for the season by Johnson after his July 2008 arrest on three misdemeanor charges.
“He's got to be a great citizen when he comes back and from now on,” Johnson said at the time of the 2008 arrest. "A great citizen and a great student."