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Titans LB Bud Dupree Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Assault

Titans linebacker Bud Dupree pleaded guilty to a lesser misdemeanor assault charge on Monday in Nashville and was sentenced to six months of probation, according to  Davidson County online court records.

Dupree was cited for misdemeanor assault after an incident in January at a Walgreen’s store. He turned himself in to the Metro Nashville Police Department in February. 

According to the police department’s press release, a group of people that Dupree was with got into an argument with a 20-year-old male employee inside the Walgreen’s on the night of Jan. 2. The group then left the store and re-entered with Dupree, who grabbed the employee and his phone before getting into a “physical altercation” with the employee. 

Dupree left the store before police arrived, according to The Tennessean. 

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Dupree will serve a six-month suspended sentence, but will not serve any jail time as long as he is not arrested again. Davidson County Judge Rachel Bell agreed to work with Dupree for Titans-related travel, according to The Tennessean

The Titans declined to comment on Dupree’s guilty plea when contacted by ESPN on Monday. Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel said in January that he was aware of the assault charge and that the team was monitoring the situation.

“Like always, we try to do everything we can to help our guys make great decisions on and off the field,” Vrabel said, per The Tennessean. “That’s my response. We’ll continue to monitor it, communicate with Bud and see how everything will eventually play out.”

Dupree signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal with Tennessee during the 2021 offseason after spending the first six years of his career in Pittsburgh. He finished last season with a combined 17 tackles, three sacks, eight quarterback hits, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a pass defended in 11 games with the Titans.