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College Football Player Suspended After Allegedly Punching Police Officer

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Earlier this week, a Tennessee football player made headlines for allegedly assaulting a police officer.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee defensive back Kenneth George Jr. is facing several charges following an arrest in Miami Beach last week. The incident reportedly took place during the team's spring break trip.

It didn't take long for Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt to address the alleged incident.

Pruitt released a statement, revealing George has been suspended from the team indefinitely.

"We had an incident over spring break with Kenneth George Jr. and he has been suspended indefinitely from the team until we gather more information and let it run its course," Pruitt said in a statement.

"We don’t tolerate behavior like that, and we’re going to support all law enforcement that we come in contact with. At the same time, we’re going to support Kenneth through this, and we’ll see where it goes."

The Knoxville News Sentinel noted from the incident report that an officer responded to a different call in the area, when George approached and allegedly yelled profanities at him.

After things escalated, George allegedly punched the officer in the head.

As a sophomore out of Trinity Valley Community College in 2018, George appeared in four games and made three total tackles.