Call it the case of the eco-friendly robbers.
Police in Knoxville, Tenn., charged the 18-year-old players – Janzen Jackson, Mike Edwards and Nu'Keese Richardson – as well as a female companion with attempted robbery, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.
Apparently disappointed, the players then got into their hybrid car, a 2010 Toyota Prius, and sped off. But they didn’t get far, and police stopped the car a short distance away. When they searched the Prius, they found an air-powered pellet pistol under the rear seat, as well as the black hoodies. They also found marijuana paraphernalia in the glove compartment, and drugs in the female accomplice’s pocket.
In a statement, University of Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton said: "At this time we are currently evaluating the circumstances surrounding an incident involving Mike Edwards, Janzen Jackson and Nu'Keese Richardson … Any decisions or comments regarding their status will not be made until the evaluations are complete."
Police did not say why the players targeted the other trio of young men. Don’t take this too seriously, but want to know our guess? They didn’t like the other guys’ gas-guzzling wheels.