U of L stars Terrence Jennings Jerry Smith arrested for resisting officers

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Posted on October 11, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 15 at 5:22 PM

(WHAS11) - Two University of Louisville basketball players spent Saturday night in a southern Indiana jail.

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The star players from the hoops team got involved in a fight after a party and now fans await word of what their punishment will be.

The university does not have much to say about what happened and neither do Jeffersonville police.

Terrence Jennings and Jerry Smith only face misdemeanor charges but their arrests could still have a big impact on the team because both are projected starters this season.

Crews at Kye's in Jeffersonville cleaned up after Saturday night's big party that left the University of Louisville with some cleaning up of its own to do.

Two star U of L basketball players wound up in jail after their night at Kye's for a university alumni event.

Jeffersonville police locked up 20-year-old Terrence Jennings and 22-year-old Jerry Smith on charges of resisting arrest.

Internet reports say Jennings had been involved in a fight at Kye's then Smith intervened while officers tried to break up the fight and both ended up in handcuffs. It's not welcome news for Cards fans.

"It kind of sucks to hear around this time right before basketball season because these are two real important players to us, somebody I looked forward to seeing play this year, but stuff happens," said U of L student David Feldhaus.

U of L fan Toby Farris said, "I hope it doesn't affect us too much. Jennings is a very nice player, and Jerry Smith of course is one of our leading front men."

U of L's only statement came from coach Rick Pitino who said, "we are aware of the matter and it will be handled internally."?

"I would believe that's just something to keep people from prying too hard and trying to find- well, he's trying to keep his players safe too. That's another one of his responsibilities to help keep them out of the limelight as much as possible- even when they get in trouble," said Farris.

"I think they're grown men and they'll learn from their mistakes and they'll be back in time for the season starts to make better decisions," said Feldhaus.

WHAS11 couldn't reach management at Kye's for comment on what happened but we did talk to Sports Information Director Kenny Klein.

He told us the team did have work-outs this afternoon but would not say whether or not Jennings and Smith were there.

Klein also would not confirm if the men will play in the upcoming scrimmage or if they will miss any games at all as punishment for the arrest.

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