Update: UT Issues Statement on Bryce Thompson Charges

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    Tennessee sophomore defensive back Bryce Thompson was charged with domestic assault on Saturday night. After the initial report surfaced early Sunday morning, the University of Tennessee has issued a statement, and more information has become available about the incident.

    According to a report from WATE 6 in Knoxville, sophomore cornerback Bryce Thompson has been charged with domestic assault following an incident on Saturday night in Knoxville. More details have been released about the altercation as well.

    According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Thompson and an unidentified woman were arguing at the Stokley Hall Dorms on UT’s campus. Thompson was allegedly overheard threatening the woman, and a witness claims he threatened to “shoot up the school” as well.

    The responding officer says damage to the dorm hall building was seen, and a gate was ripped off its hinges. There was damage to the sheetrock where the gate had apparently impacted the wall. Thompson stated that he fell into the gate, causing it to rip off from its hinges. The sophomore DB also claimed to have fallen down the stairs with the gate, though the arrest report states that there were no marks on Thompson to indicate this happened.

    After being read his Miranda Rights, Thompson admitted that the gate broke as he tried to pull it upwards, and he let it fall down the stairs.

    According to a witness who called 911, Thompson was overheard saying he was going to “slap the (expletive) out of you” to the woman. Officers separated Thompson and the woman involved with the altercation, and one of the officers described Thompson as “extremely upset and agitated” in a stairwell of Stokely Hall.

    Thompson admitted to arguing with the woman, but he denied making any physical contact with her and denied making any verbal threats.

    Both Thompson and the woman involved in the incident confirmed that they have been in a relationship with one another for four years, and the two were engaged in a sexual relationship. The woman confirmed Thompson’s statement about their relationship in her written statement to the officers.

    After receiving statements from witnesses and assessing the situation, Thompson was arrested and charged with domestic assault. No citation was issued for domestic violence. Thompson is scheduled to appear in court on September 3rd for his misdemeanor domestic assault charge.

    Thompson was arrested and released from jail overnight after the altercation.

    A Tennessee athletics spokesperson released a statement about the incident on Sunday morning.

    “We are aware of the situation and are waiting for additional information while the appropriate processes take place,” state the UT official.

    As a true freshman, Thompson played in all 12 games for the Vols and made 10 starts. He was named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and was selected to the 2018 SEC All-Freshman Team. Thompson was one of three true freshmen to earn starts in the secondary for the Vols in 2018.

    Thompson finished his freshman campaign with 34 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, three interceptions, 10 passes defended, and a forced fumble. He also returned four kick-offs for an average of 25 yards a return.

    The sophomore was expected to be a starter again for Tennessee in the secondary, but now his status is in question.

    We will update as more information become available.



    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.