WO-S’ Thompson returns to class in Tuscaloosa

April 21, 2017

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban said Thursday that Deionte Thompson has returned to class in Tuscaloosa a week after the former West Orange-Stark player turned himself in on alleged felony aggravated assault charges for a March 18 brawl at Crystal Beach.

“We still don’t have a lot of facts,” Saban said during a press conference. “Until we find out, I won’t take actions.”

According to an arrest affidavit from the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, Thompson, 20, and WO-S football player Rufus Joseph, 18, were identified on a cell phone video by West Orange Police as two of the people who kicked Orange native Noah Frillou, 18, as he fell to the ground March 18 at Crystal Beach.

Frillou’s jaw was wired shut and he required four permanent plates in his face to help hold his teeth in place, according to the affidavit.

Joseph, along with WO-S teammate Morris Joseph, 18, was booked and released from the Orange County jail on Tuesday morning.

A witness in the affidavit said he heard “a racial slur was said, and Morris Joseph just lost it.”

Thompson was booked and released from a Tuscaloosa jail on Friday after turning himself in to campus police. Daletredricc Wolfford, 21, turned himself in on Friday and was released later that day.

All were released on $20,000 bonds.