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VOL. 42 | NO. 28 | Friday, July 13, 2018

Vols' Thaxton arrested, suspended from team activities

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KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has suspended defensive lineman Ryan Thaxton from team activities following his arrest on charges of false imprisonment and domestic assault.

University of Tennessee 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 has been 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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