Back in September the University of Tennessee faced major backlash due to a viral TMZ video that depicted one of the Volunteers’ rising star linebackers, Jeremy Banks, seemingly threaten a female police officer: “Where I’m from (Memphis), we shoot at cops.” The altercation went viral as national media organizations, such as Fox News, picked up the video which sparked boycotts on the University of Tennessee’s football program. The situation seemed to be deescalating, however, a few days later, another TMZ video surfaced showing Banks threaten to “smack” an unidentified female student who attends the University of Tennessee.
The situation left Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt with no choice but to dismiss Banks, who has remained enrolled at the University of Tennessee even after the dismissal from the football program, leaving many to speculate that the door is still open for him to be reinstated onto the team.
Jeremy Pruitt was asked to address the possibility of Banks being reinstated during a recent interview with WNML, Pruitt told the radio station: “Is Jeremy Banks a guy I believe in and I think has a bright future and can learn from his mistakes? Sure he can,’’ he went on to say, “We’ve all made mistakes. Just in this day and time with social media, the mistake that Jeremy made was something that will never go away. It’s something that hopefully he’ll learn from and he can use it as motivation and possibly impact other people that they won’t make the same mistakes he made in the future.”
Following the dismissal, Jeremy Banks apologized for his actions on a Twitter post that read: “I’m truly sorry for my mistake, and I really appreciate everyone that’s rocking with me.” Banks also tweeted a photograph of himself with 3 local officers with the caption, “That night I had forgotten to pray moments before, it was counted for though. For the People.”
During his career at the University of Tennessee, Banks played both running back and linebacker, and currently has 10 tackles, 2 interceptions, 185 yards, and 3 touchdowns to his name. Banks was considered a rising star before his dismissal and was thought to have a very bright future ahead of him.
If any new details arise regarding this situation, we will update this article to reflect them.