Kenneth George, a University of Tennessee football player is accused of punching a Miami Beach police officer and then running from officers who tried to take him into custody.
George faces charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, resisting an officer without violence and disorderly conduct.
According to a Miami Beach police report, George was being combative with officers who was walking in the middle of Espanola Way.
Police said George was cursing at one of the officers and ignoring his commands. As the officer tried to get him out of the street, George punched him and knocked the police radio out of his hands, the report said.
University of Tennessee football player Ryan Thaxton was suspended Monday after a Sunday night arrest.
The second-year defensive lineman was charged with domestic assault and false imprisonment of his girlfriend, according to online court records.
“We are aware of the incident,” Tennessee football spokesman Zach Stipe wrote Monday in a statement to USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee. “The student-athlete has been suspended from all team activities while law enforcement and the university investigates.”According to online court records, Thaxton is accused of pushing his girlfriend toward his room when she refused to accompany him to his dorm. Thaxton then carried her inside the dorm room, where an argument took place, and he blocked the door when she attempted to leave, according to records.
The latest episode of “The Vols of our Lives” has former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer being named the school’s athletic director. Fulmer would replace John Currie, who Tennessee fired on Friday after Currie’s decision to fire Butch Jones resulted in the world’s worst coaching search.
After a fan revolt following the near-hire of Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, Tennessee went through candidate after candidate for its vacancy, doing little more than helping coaches at other schools secure raises by using the Vols as leverage.
The hope now is that Fulmer will bring some much-needed stability to the program as it attempts to get through these rough waters. Of course, it should be pointed out that Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman reported Friday that Fulmer was trying to “undermine” Currie’s efforts in hopes of securing the AD position for himself.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones announced running back John Kelly and linebacker Will Ignont have been suspended for Saturday’s game against Kentucky after a traffic stop that resulted in their being charged with marijuana possession.
Knoxville Police public information officer Darrell DeBusk told ESPN’s Mark Schlabach officers stopped Kelly’s car at 10:46 p.m. ET Tuesday. They searched the car and found a substance believed to be marijuana and a pipe.
Smith, 23, was charged with domestic assault. Police said Smith got into a fight with his roommate, Kennedy Foster, early Saturday morning.