Alabama football: Felony warrant issued for safety Deionte Thompson
Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at an arrest warrant issued for an Alabama defensive back and preparations for the Tide’s scrimmage on Saturday.
Reports emerged from KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, on Thursday night linking redshirt sophomore safety Deionte Thompson to a spring break assault in Crystal Beach, Texas, that left a man with a fractured face and a concussion. A warrant was issued for Thompson’s arrest for felony aggravated assault.
A warrant is not a conviction, and while an indefinite suspension is likely, further measures will likely wait until more is known regarding the situation — and until the criminal justice system has its say. Thompson remains innocent until proven guilty. No details emerged regarding his alleged role.
His father took to Twitter to proclaim his son’s innocence, suggesting that his status as a player for a high-profile football team played a role in the warrant’s issuance.
— Vester Thompson (@vnupe) April 14, 2017
- Alabama will have its second scrimmage of the spring this Saturday. Travis Reier names the 8 players to watch.
- Marq Burnett has your comprehensive primer for Alabama’s scrimmage on Saturday.
- Alabama has a long record of junior college transfers making a sudden impact. This year, that mantle could be passed to defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs.
- Cam Sims has had something of a frustrating career at Alabama. Back for his senior year, he said he’s focused on helping his team win, no matter what form that takes.
- Trent Dilfer called Tua Tagovailoa ‘probably the most gifted passer I’ve seen at that age.’
- But what about the starter, Jalen Hurts? Christopher Walsh spoke to some former Alabama passers to find out how the Texas native will improve this season.
Built by Bama
Two Alabama players are headed to Philadelphia for the NFL draft on April 27. Jonathan Allen and Cam Robinson, both of whom are assured first-round status, at least, will be in the hall when they officially join the ranks of the NFL. Nick Saban will accompany his players, as he does most years. Most notably missing from the attendee list are Reuben Foster and O.J Howard, who will both almost certainly be taken on the first night. Foster may wish to avoid any more attention than he’s earned for his NFL combine antics, while Howard plans to watch in his Alabama hometown of Autauga.
JaMychal Green will play in his third consecutive NBA playoffs as the Memphis Grizzlies take on the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. That game will be broadcast on ESPN. Green has been a valuable contributor for the Grizzlies this season, moving into a starting spot and grabbing 7 rebounds a game.
In golf news, Bud Cauley birdied 4 of the last 5 holes at the RBC Heritage to take the lead after one day at 8-under 63.
Around the Capstone
The gymnastics team will take the floor at its 35th national championship meet this weekend. Alabama’s had a long roller coaster of a season that mostly underperformed expectations —even coming in second and needing a fall by another team to qualify from its NCAA regional. But Alabama’s had strong finishes before and it’ll be hoping that this season is no different. The Gym Tide faces a fight to qualify from its Friday evening semifinal and will need every bit of their considerable talent to meet their annual goal: “To be on the floor on the last night of the season, contending for a national championship.”
Gymnastics fans. Here is quick cheat sheet on how to watch all the action, where and when! Enjoy!! pic.twitter.com/n95acPmv3u
— Holly Rowe (@sportsiren) April 12, 2017
The baseball team’s quest for an SEC series win took another blow on Thursday night when sloppy defensive play gave Texas A&M a win in Tuscaloosa. Alabama committed 5 errors in route to a 9-5 loss at home. Alabama has won just 2 games in the SEC and has not won a conference series. It would have taken a sweep to move Alabama out of last place, above Texas A&M. Hurts threw out the first pitch at that game.
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