A University of Tennessee football player has been arrested and charged with punching a police officer in Miami Beach.
Defensive back Kenneth George Jr. is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, resisting an officer without violence and disorderly conduct.
Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt saying in a press conference Tuesday, March 26, “Kenneth George is suspended indefinitely, we don’t tolerate behavior like that. We are going to support all law enforcement; and at the same time support Kenneth through this.”
A police report says that George was being combative with officers, cursing at one of them and ignoring his commands. As the officer tried to get him out of the street, the report says George punched him and knocked the police radio out of his hands.
The report goes on to say that George ran away, but officers caught up with him. The report says George, once in custody, said, “He hit me first. Why can’t I hit him back?“
One officer had to be treated by first responders for “significant abrasions“ on his knees and elbow.
The University of Tennessee said in a statement, “We are aware of the situation and are gathering facts as the appropriate processes run their course.“
George was a redshirt junior and missed most of the 2018 season with a leg injury.