Tennessee football has been struggling over the past couple of seasons. The Volunteers have not won the SEC East since 2007 and went 5-7 in 2018. The troubles just get worse for Tennessee as defensive back Kenneth George Jr was arrested in South Florida, according to Local 10.
The redshirt junior was in Miami Beach on spring break when he allegedly punched a police officer in the face and tried to avoid arrest. George was being combative with the officers before attempting to run away. He faces charges of disorderly conduct, resisting an officer with violence, resisting an officer without violence and battery on a law enforcement officer.
George was booked into Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center and is being held on a $6,500 bond. He transferred in from Trinity Valley Community College before the start of the 2018 season but missed the majority of the season due to a leg injury. George only recorded three tackles and his last appearance was against Florida on September 29.
His status on the team has not been decided yet, but Tennessee is aware of the situation.
“We are aware of the situation and are gathering the facts as the appropriate processes run their course,” team spokesperson Zach Stipe said in a statement. “George’s behavior in Miami Beach was not exemplary of the Tennessee program as he was cursing at officers and ignoring their commands before attempting his escape.
The incident occurred between Espanola Way and Washington Avenue according to police reports. George punched the officer that told him to get out of the street before trying to run away from the police. He also knocked the police radio out of the officer’s hand when he was resisting arrest.
Tennessee has not played in a bowl game since 2016, which is far too long for the Volunteers’ fanbase. George’s future is still up in the air, but the Volunteers will have to take care of it before the end of spring practice.