Tennessee suspends freshman All-American Bryce Thompson after arrest
A one-time projected starter in the secondary at Tennessee has been suspended, coach Jeremy Pruitt said in a statement released Monday morning.
“Bryce Thompson is suspended indefinitely while the process continues,” Pruitt said. “We hold our student-athletes to a high standard. The safety of all students is our first priority here at Tennessee.”
Thompson was arrested overnight Saturday and charged with domestic assault, and shortly thereafter released from jail.
Thompson played in all 12 games last season as a freshman and made 10 starts. He was selected to the 2018 SEC All-Freshman Team after making 34 tackles, one sack and three INTs. Thompson was a 2018 SEC All-Freshman team member and was named to the FWAA Freshman All-American Team.
According to a report from WATE 6, Thompson and a woman were arguing at Stokely Hall, a dorm on campus. Thompson allegedly threatened to “slap the (expletive) out” of her, and then, a witness alleges that Thompson threatened to “shoot up the school.”
Responding officers found a gate ripped from its hinges and visible damage to the building. The cornerback denied any physical contact or threats.