Not a good look, Vols.
When police arrested Tennessee cornerback Bryce Thompson on Saturday on a charge of misdemeanor domestic assault, it wasn’t the first time Thompson was accused of threatening a woman.
A different woman who had a relationship with Thompson filed for a restraining order against him in January 2018 in Richland County, South Carolina. The woman and Thompson agreed to a mutual one-year restraining order in April 2018.
Thompson joined Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt’s first signing class a month later and became a Freshman All-America cornerback last season.
The second half of that last sentence explains so much about the first half. And before anyone wonders how Pruitt could have known anything about it…
Thompson played for two high schools in South Carolina, Dutch Fork and Ben Lippen.
He committed to South Carolina in December 2017 after decommitting from Virginia Tech the previous summer. He never signed with South Carolina and remained unsigned for months after national signing day, despite being one of the state’s top-ranked prospects. He became a late addition to UT’s signing class.
There’s ordinary due diligence and then there’s due diligence, Knoxville style.
And now it’s bitten Pruitt in the arse.