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Vanderbilt player charged after landing drone in Nashville Fourth of July crowd

Sam Dobbs
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Vanderbilt tight end Sam Dobbs has been charged with misdemeanor reckless endangerment after landing a drone in a large crowd in downtown Nashville during a Fourth of July celebration on Tuesday night.

The Tennessean reported that Dobbs’ drone flew over a large crowd in the First Avenue and Gay Street area during Nashville’s Let Freedom Sing Celebration, which drew an estimated 240,000 people.

A Vanderbilt spokesperson told the newspaper that Commodores coach Derek Mason will punish Dobbs internally.

Dobbs likely was using the drone to shoot aerial clips of the Fourth of July celebration. In April, he made a parody sorority recruitment video with several Vanderbilt teammates where a drone camera was utilized.

Dobbs, a junior from Douglasville, Georgia, had six catches for 73 yards and one touchdown last season. He had one catch for 21 yards in 2015.

Last week, three Vanderbilt players were suspended indefinitely after sophomore wide receiver Donaven Tennyson attempted to recover his stolen iPhone with the help of a pellet gun and redshirt freshman cornerback Frank Coppet and freshman safety Tae Daley. Coppet and Daley were shot by the suspects with real guns – a handgun and shotgun – though neither player’s wounds were life threatening.

Daley’s car, a Toyota Corolla, following the incident.

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