Category Archives: Crime and Punishment

“Obviously, we took a risk as we said earlier, and vetted the young man.”

Honestly, WTF is it with some coaches?  Is there some contest to see who can be the next Art Briles?

This is something:

A former Michigan State football staffer said under oath that head coach Mark Dantonio ignored his assistants’ warnings while recruiting a player who subsequently was convicted of sexually assaulting a fellow student on campus and that important information was omitted from an investigation into how the athletic department handled a pair of sexual misconduct allegations involving football players…

During the course of the Jones Day investigation in 2017, another football player, defensive end Auston Robertson, sexually assaulted the girlfriend of one of his teammates. He was dismissed from the team when he was charged with a crime, and later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

Blackwell said in his deposition that multiple assistant coaches asked Dantonio not to offer Robertson a spot on the roster because he had a history of troubling behavior. Blackwell said he witnessed defensive line coach Ron Burton tell Dantonio that he didn’t want Robertson to be on the same campus as his daughter.

“So for Ron Burton to say it was that bad that he didn’t want his daughter around him, I knew he had some real serious sexual issues,” Blackwell said in his deposition…

That’s putting it mildly.

Robertson, a highly touted recruit from Indiana, was charged with misdemeanor battery during his senior year of high school. Police said he “rubbed and grabbed” a female classmate’s groin against her will in the school’s lobby. The female student told police Robertson had also harassed or touched her inappropriately on two other occasions. Robertson, who had also been arrested on vandalism charges months earlier, was kicked off the high school’s football team and banned from the high school’s campus while Michigan State was recruiting him.

Blackwell said in his deposition that Michigan State assistant coaches learned about other troubling incidents in Robertson’s past when they attempted to vet him further during the early months of 2017.

Police reports and court documents show that Robertson was involved in a string of incidents in which he was accused of sexual violence and two forceful rape attempts during his high school years. He was not charged with crimes in any of those cases. A university spokeswoman said in 2018 that the school was not aware of any of those incidents when Robertson was accepted as a student.

Uh huh.  Right.

Blackwell said that he, Burton and fellow assistant Dave Warner all suggested the team steer clear of Robertson in a meeting with Dantonio.

“I want to say [Warner] spoke with the principal and the coach … and they had nothing good to say about him,” Blackwell said. “[Warner] couldn’t really find anybody that could say anything good about Auston.”

Blackwell said Dantonio “overrode” other staff members who didn’t want him on campus, telling them he would make Robertson his “pet project.” Blackwell said Dantonio met with Robertson on a weekly basis during the freshman’s time on campus and created a special program to mentor and monitor him.

Dantonio’s deposition, assuming it ever gets to that stage, ought to be a real hoot.

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I’m Phillip Fulmer, and I approve this message.

Yeah, here’s a real surprise.

Jeremy Pruitt announced Wednesday that Tennessee sophomore defensive back Bryce Thompson and sophomore linebacker Jeremy Banks will travel to Gainesville for the Volunteers’ game Saturday at ninth-ranked Florida.

Thompson had been suspended indefinitely following a misdemeanor domestic assault involving a girlfriend on Aug. 24. Banks was arrested this weekend after being pulled over for a traffic violation. After running his record it was determined that he had an active warrant for a failure to appear in court in Knox County for driving on a suspended license.

While it could be Thompson’s first action of the season, Banks is coming off the best game of his career in the Vols’ 45-0 win over the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Banks intercepted a couple of passes and had three tackles in the win.

Thompson was a Freshman All-American in 2018, leading the team with three interceptions. Pruitt announced last week that he had been re-instated to the team and was being allowed to practice.

If you thought Thompson was sitting out this week — and remember, Pruitt’s on the road, meaning he can only take 70 — you know nothing about Tennessee football, Jon Snow.

If you thought Tennessee fans might have a problem with this, you know nothing about Tennessee football, Jon Snow.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, for the win.

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Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Crime and Punishment

When you’re 0-2…

… you can forgive a lot.

Anybody surprised?

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“We’re not going to condone it. We’re not going to tolerate it.”

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.

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Bill Norton, we hardly knew ye.

What do you get when you add a DUI arrest to being buried early on the depth chart?

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Forget it, Jake. It’s Knoxville.

This will end well.

Domestic assault and a mass shooting threat?  That’s like checking off some crazed bucket list.  Man, is Fulmer gonna throw the book at a starting player, or what?

Why, he could be suspended for **checks Tennessee’s schedule** three whole games!

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Today, in “I heard it on the Internet, so…”

Man, the number of people who owe Georgia Southern quarterback Shai Werts an apology after mocking the kid for being arrested for having a substance on the hood of his car that field-tested positive for cocaine…

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