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Tennessee defensive back Kenneth George Jr. arrested in Miami

Here’s what we know.

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The Tennessee Volunteers have paused practice for spring break, but unfortunately we still have some news out of the football program.

Kenneth George Jr, a redshirt junior defensive back, was arrested in Miami early on Thursday morning. He is accused of punching a Miami police officer. George was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center this morning. He faces charges for battery, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Here are the details from

Police said George was cursing at one of the officers and ignoring his commands. As the officer tried to get him out of the street, George punched him and knocked the police radio out of his hands, the report said.

George then ran away before other officers caught up with him near Espanola Way and Washington Avenue, the report said.

According to the report, once in custody, George said, “He hit me first. Why can’t I hit him back?”

Tennessee spokesman Zach Stipe released the following statement.

“We are aware of the situation and are gathering facts as the appropriate processes run their course.”

George joined the Vols as a part of the 2018 recruiting class after a couple of years playing in the JUCO ranks. He was one of the final adds to Jeremy Pruitt’s initial class at Tennessee, checking in as a three-star prospect.