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Tennessee CB Bryce Thompson faces domestic assault charge

August 25, 2019
FILE -In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, Tennessee's Bryce Thompson (20) returns a kick in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Florida in Knoxville, Tenn. Thompson has been arrested on a domestic assault charge stemming from an argument with his girlfriend. A woman told police the argument began Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, after she found another woman's fake eyelashes in Thompson's room. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)
FILE -In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, Tennessee's Bryce Thompson (20) returns a kick in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Florida in Knoxville, Tenn. Thompson has been arrested on a domestic assault charge stemming from an argument with his girlfriend. A woman told police the argument began Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, after she found another woman's fake eyelashes in Thompson's room. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee cornerback Bryce Thompson has been arrested on a domestic assault charge stemming from an argument with his girlfriend.

A woman told police the argument began Saturday night after she found another woman’s fake eyelashes in Thompson’s room. She said the argument began in Thompson’s dorm room, moved to a stairwell and continued for 10 to 20 minutes.

Thompson and the woman said they had been dating for four years.

Witnesses told police they heard Thompson threatening to slap a woman. One witness said he heard Thompson yelling that he would “shoot up the school.”

Another witness told police he also heard a man yelling about plans to “shoot up the school” but said he couldn’t see who was making that comment because his view was blocked.

Police say Thompson acknowledged arguing with the woman but denied making physical contact with her or issuing any threats.

The woman told police she couldn’t remember “the entirety of what had occurred” during the argument “as it was a stressful, volatile situation.” She said Thompson has a bad temper and had punched walls during previous arguments.

Tennessee issued a statement saying “we are aware of the situation and waiting for additional information while the appropriate processes take place.”

Thompson, a sophomore from Irmo, South Carolina, made 10 starts last season. He recorded three interceptions and seven pass breakups to lead the Volunteers in both categories.

Tennessee opens the season Saturday by hosting Georgia State.

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