He got pulled over. He tried to act tough. And it may have cost him his entire professional football career.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Jeremy Banks was a prominent football star playing for the University of Tennessee Volunteers. At least, he was… but now everything might be different for the college student after a viral video of his run-in with police put him in the limelight.
On Friday, the head coach of the nationally recognized team told the public that they don’t want him on the roster any longer.
“I have made the decision to remove Jeremy Banks from our football program,” head coach Jeremy Pruitt said in a statement on Friday. “While I will continue to support Jeremy in the next steps in his life, information I recently received made it clear that this decision is in the best interest of the football program and the university.”
Banks was pulled over by UT police on September 15 after he made an illegal U-turn. Once the officer ran his information, it came back that he had an outstanding warrant out for his arrest. But as the UT officer attempted to take him into custody, Banks lashed out, testing the cops.
“What would you do without that badge, though? That’s all I want to know,” Banks said, challenging the officers at the scene.
Banks was being placed under arrest for a prior warrant, which stemmed from skipping his court appearance after being charged with driving with a suspended license.
Banks is a prominent football star for the university, and apparently felt like he was above the law, going so far as to tell the cops that he should have run from them after they tried to pull him over… and would if the situation presented itself in the future.
“I should’ve ran, test y’all’s speed,” Banks says in the video. “Y’all would’ve never catch me. That’s what I should’ve did. Next time, I am, I promise you. Never again y’all boys will take me to jail. Not UT police.”
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Once in the back of the car, he continued to rain down his verbal abuse of the officers.
“I don’t like the police, bro. Hell nah,” he can be heard saying. “Y’all police are some p*****s, bro. Real s**t, I don’t f**k with y’all.”
But the entitled athlete wasn’t finished there. Banks then turned his attention to a woman who was participating in a ride along with the UT officers.
“Ma’am, I don’t think you want to be an intern, because where I’m from, we shoot at cops. I’m from Memphis, Tennessee,” he said.
The officers had enough of the football star’s attitude and booked him. Banks then turned to his coach to come bail him out. He was sprung after a $500 bond was settled.
Head coach Jeremy Pruitt wasn’t exactly understanding when the officers told him that Banks had to be arrested for his warrant, questioning why he had to be put in jail, but later backed off.
“This is the silliest s*** I’ve ever seen in my life,” Pruitt reportedly said while speaking with the officers. “I’ve got it. I understand. I’ve worked at four places, and I ain’t ever had no crap like this except for here.”
Social media quickly ran with the remarks made by both coach and player, with many saying that Pruitt has ‘no business’ serving as a head coach.
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Days after the video was released, Banks eventually caved and apologized to the officers, the university and the community.
“I want to sincerely apologize to my family, the University of Tennessee and the law enforcement community,” Banks said a few days after the arrest. “I deeply regret my language and attitude in the video. I have great respect for our policemen and women, and I am embarrassed by my actions that night. That’s not who I am. I promise to be a better representative for the University of Tennessee moving forward.”
Check out the video of the arrest below, caught on a UT officer’s body worn camera.
Pruitt said that he would continue to work with the now ex-player to help him improve on his character.
Anyone else sick and tired of entitled athletes treating cops like dirt?
We sure are.
Glad to see that UT stepped up and made the right call! Perhaps it’ll set an example to others.
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