Report: Tennessee coach Butch Jones told player he 'betrayed the team'
Now, Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is the direct subject of a disturbing accusation.
In a story by The Tennesseean, Jones allegedly told one of his former players that he “betrayed the team” after helping a woman who claimed she was the victim of a rape carried out by two other Vols football players, according to a new legal filing in connection with the ongoing sexual assault lawsuit against the University of Tennessee.
The suit went on to say the player, former receiver Drae Bowles, cried after speaking with Jones. However, it does mention that Jones called to apologize to Bowles after making the comment.
The new filing states that the two phone calls came on the heels of teammate Curt Maggitt allegedly punching Bowles in the mouth and bloodying him out of revenge for him assisting the victim.
Bowles transferred to UT Chattanooga not long afterwards once the 2014 season was over.
Basically the allegation here is that the instinct of Butch Jones was to lash out at a player who helped a rape victim (player's friend).
— Matt Michaels (@KTGRMatt) February 24, 2016
Brutally effective legal move by plaintiffs in that #Vols civil suit to consistently release small bits of info. Death by a thousand cuts.
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) February 24, 2016
Bowles recounted the events in a sworn affidavit that was filed in federal court in Nashville.