Memphis Tiger fans are looking forward to the kickoff of the new season against the SEC’s Ole Miss. While that match-up has people excited here, we know that elsewhere in the state University of Tennessee fans are looking forward to a season-opening contest between the Volunteers and the Georgia State Panthers.
While the Vols are decidedly favorites in that contest, they will open the season without sophomore starting cornerback Bryce Thompson, who has been suspended indefinitely by coach Jeremy Pruitt after Thompson’s recent domestic assault arrest.
According to a news report, university police officers responded at about 8 p.m. to a call about an incident between Thompson and a woman on campus. The football player allegedly threatened the woman and others present with violence. Officers reported finding him “extremely upset and agitated” and said they observed damage to a gate and wall.
Both Thompson and the woman told officers that they’ve been in a four-year relationship. The cornerback was booked into jail on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge and released the next morning after posting a $3,000 bond.
Thompson started 10 of last season’s 12 games and was named to the freshman All-America team after recording three interceptions and 34 tackles.
He faces the same possibilities of long-term consequences if he is convicted of the charge: jail time, fines and potentially ruinous damage to his career, academic pursuits and reputation.
Those facing domestic violence allegations should speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands how to protect your interests in both negotiations and the courtroom.