UT suspends DL Thaxton after arrest

Associated Press • Jul 16, 2018 at 6:53 PM

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee suspended defensive lineman Ryan Thaxton from team activities on Monday, one day after his arrest on charges of false imprisonment and domestic assault.

University police say Thaxton was arguing with his girlfriend Sunday at 8:23 p.m. when he insisted that she accompany him to his dorm room. Police said the girlfriend refused but Thaxton pushed her toward the room, picked her up and carried her inside.

According to a court affidavit, Thaxton’s girlfriend tried leaving the room but he blocked the doorway with his body, preventing her from escaping or seeking help.

Tennessee athletic department spokesman Zach Stipe said Thaxton is suspended from all team activities while law enforcement and the university investigate the situation.

Thaxton, 19, didn’t appear in any games for Tennessee as a freshman last season.

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