KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Tennessee defensive back – at the center of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge – has a history of abusive behavior, according to South Carolina court records
Bryce Thompson has been suspended by football coach Jeremy Pruitt following a misdemeanor domestic assault charge over the weekend.
Court records from Richland County, South Carolina, show a restraining order was issued in April 2018, after a former girlfriend said Thompson and girlfriends acting on his behalf had threatened her.
At the time, Thompson was a standout high school football player and four-star recruit. The documents, first filed in January 2018, detail what Thompson’s former girlfriend described as, “a history of violence against me and others.”
“I received a text message from him stating that if I found another guy he would kill both me and that other guy,” the woman said in a court filing obtained by WATE 6 on Your Side.
“He has physically slapped me, choked me and thrown me around,” the woman wrote in the document. “I fear for my safety, and am constantly looking over my shoulder.”
The woman wrote in the documents she was harassed and stalked by Thompson after attempting to break up with him “multiple times.” In those instances, she says, Thompson threatened to kill himself.
Included in the documents, an October 2017 Columbia Police Department report where Thompson threatened to harm himself and was coming to the woman’s apartment.
He was never located by police, but documents show, it ended with police talking to his mother. She told law enforcement she would call law enforcement in the future if needed.
The consent restraining order was signed by both Thompson and the woman on April 10, 2018. Two weeks later, Thompson attended Tennessee’s Spring Game.
Thompson was enrolled in summer courses by the end of May 2018. He was previously committed to the University of South Carolina.
The sophomore cornerback was arrested this weekend after a reported altercation around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Thompson is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 3 for the misdemeanor assault domestic charge.
According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Thompson and a woman were arguing at the Stokely Hall Dorms on the University of Tennessee campus.
A witness calling 911 saying she heard Thompson say, “I’m going to slap the (expletive) out of you.”
Officers separated Thompson and the female involved. An officer described Thompson as extremely upset and agitated in a stairwell of Stokely Hall.