Report: Tennessee football player accused of abusing kitten
WBIR NBC Channel 10 in Knoxville is reporting that a Tennessee linebacker is under investigation for alleged animal abuse on a cat.
WBIR’s report states that a Knoxville Police Department spokesperson confirmed the department received a report that UT linebacker Aaron Beasley had abused another student’s cat.
According to WBIR, the cat’s owner has a GoFundMe page raising money for medical costs. The owner of the cat is not named by WBIR and the GoFundMe page is not linked in the station’s report.
According to a GoFundMe, the cat’s owner said she was in the process of moving when she came home and found her 6-month-old kitten hiding under a dresser. She said the kitten could not walk and screamed when it was picked up, according to the GoFundMe.
She said she later learned that her roommate’s boyfriend had abused it. It is not clear from the post how she learned this information.
The kitten was brought to an emergency room with brain damage and is expected to have difficulty walking, according to the GoFundMe page. It also has a bleeding hemorrhage in its kidney after being kicked, the owner said, and that it was placed in an oxygen tank.
“My heart is absolutely broken for him and I just want my baby to be okay and to stop animal cruelty,” the organizer of the fundraiser said on the GoFundMe page. “I think it’s ridiculous I am having to make this but this is what it has come to.”
It raised more than $2,000 as of Saturday afternoon.
WBIR reports that Beasley has not yet been charged with any crime as the incident is under investigation. Beasley signed with Tennessee as part of the program’s 2019 recruiting class.