University of Tennessee defensive tackle Ryan Thaxton has been dismissed from the team following his arrest last week for domestic assault and false imprisonment, school officials confirmed Monday.
Thaxton was arrested July 15 after allegedly pushing his pushing girlfriend into his room when she refused to accompany him to his dorm, Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Thaxton then picked her up and carried her inside the dorm room, where an argument ensued and he blocked the door when she attempted to leave, according to court records. Thaxton was suspended from the team the next day. His first hearing is set for Aug. 15, according to his lawyer, Heath Lowe.
First-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt talked about the incident at at an SEC media event last week.
“We all are very aware of what went on, and obviously we suspended the guy. We’re not going to condone it. We’re not going to tolerate it,” Pruitt said. “Once we gather all the information, we’ll have a little more answers then.”
Thaxton, a sophomore from Alexandria, Virginia who did not see the field last season, was arrested by the University of Tennessee Police Department and was booked by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, according to a Knox County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson. His arrest is the first involving a University of Tennessee football player since Pruitt took the reins in December.