KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Head coach Jeremy Pruitt announced on Tuesday that rising redshirt junior defensive back Kenneth George Jr. has been suspended indefinitely following an incident last week.
“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. “We don’t tolerate behavior like that and we are going to support all law enforcement that we come in contact with. We want our kids to do the right thing and we will respect the law. At the same time, we are going to support Kenneth through this, and we will see where it goes.”
Redshirt junior defensive back Kenneth George was taken into custody by the Miami Beach Police Department after authorities said he punched an officer in the head.
The University of Tennessee said, "We are aware of the situation and are gathering facts as the appropriate processes run their course."
According to a police report, George refused to comply with the officer's commands and resisted being taken into custody after he was approached for reportedly yelling obscenities and disorderly conduct.
Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt said, "we don’t tolerate behavior like that and we’re going to support all law enforcement that we come in contact with,” but added that “at the same time, we’re going to support Kenneth through this and we’ll see where it goes.”
Investigators said George struck the officer, knocking the officer's police radio out of his hand.
George is accused of then trying to run off but was apprehended by backup officers. He is charged with battery of a police officer, resisting an officer, and disorderly conduct.
The officer sustained significant abrasions to his knees and elbow and was treated by area fire rescue.