Report: Suspended Tennessee defender Bryce Thompson accused of past relationship violence, had restraining order filed against him
More rough news out of Knoxville for Tennessee Bryce Thompson.
As previously reported, Freshman All-American Bryce Thompson was arrested on Saturday of misdemeanor domestic assault while also allegedly threatening to “shoot up the school.” He has since been suspended by head coach Jeremy Pruitt. A new report, however, reveals that this isn’t the first time Thompson has been accused of violent behavior and threats of violence.
Thompson had another woman file a restraining order against him in South Carolina in 2018, according to a new report by Blake Toppmeyer of the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Per Toppmeyer, the woman who filed for the restraining order against Thompson “wrote in her complaint that Thompson texted her stating that if she dated another man, he ‘would kill both me and that other guy.’ The woman reportedly wrote that she believed Thompson’s threat because “he has a history of violence against me and others. He has physically slapped me, choked me, and thrown me around. I fear for my safety, and am constantly looking over my shoulder.”
It is unknown whether Tennessee brass knew about the restraining order prior to signing him. The report notes that Thompson does not have a criminal record in the state of South Carolina.
Either way, it is an alarming pattern of behavior for Thompson that needs to be handled accordingly. Domestic violence has been all too much in storylines across the landscape of football. Let’s hope Thompson’s issue gets fixed and he can be back playing with the Vols soon.
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