Tennessee linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin was shot by a stray bullet in Clarksville, Tenn. early Sunday morning, but head coach Butch Jones says he was not seriously injured. In fact, Jones said Reeves-Maybin was back on campus Monday morning and attending class.
“It was just an abrasion,” Jones said, per The Tennessean. “He didn’t even need stitches. He got shot by a random bullet. It just basically grazed his arm.”
Reeves-Maybin took to Twitter to let everyone know that he was OK.
I'm good. Thanks! 👍— Jalen Reeves-Maybin (@Finally_Maybin) May 12, 2014
So to everybody blowing up my phone! I'm alright!!— Jalen Reeves-Maybin (@Finally_Maybin) May 12, 2014
According to the Associated Press, Clarksville police were responding to reports of shots being fired at a party at 2:45 a.m. Sunday morning. Reeves-Maybin told police he was standing in the street when someone started shooting, then he “felt a sharp pain in his arm.” He and his friends then left the scene.
He later was treated and released from the hospital.
“He’s a great individual, great character young man, so we’re just very fortunate, very blessed that he’s doing fine right now,” Jones said Monday night.
The 6-foot-1, 214-pound Reeves-Maybin made 14 total tackles as a true freshman in 2013, including a team-leading 11 special teams tackles.
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