Colorado assistant accused of domestic violence

Sam Cooper
Joe Tumpkin, right, has been an assistant at Colorado for the last two seasons. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Joe Tumpkin, right, has been an assistant at Colorado for the last two seasons. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

A Colorado assistant is being accused of domestic assault by an ex-girlfriend.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, the ex-girlfriend of safeties coach Joe Tumpkin has been granted a temporary restraining order against the coach. The woman claims Tumpkin physically assaulted her on multiple occasions over the course of their three-year relationship.

In the complaint, filed Dec. 20 in Boulder County, the woman claims Tumpkin, 45, first assaulted her in February 27, 2015 and as recently as November 18, 2016. Per the Camera, the complaint says the woman is from Tumpkin’s home state of Michigan and would visit him in Colorado “once every 10 days or so.”

From the Daily Camera:

The woman said the first assault occurred on Feb. 27, 2015, at a hotel in Broomfield, when she alleges he threw her against a wall and then threw her on the bed when she tried to leave, according to the complaint.

“The assaults increased in duration and severity” when she temporarily moved in with Tumpkin in Broomfield for the summer of 2015, according to the complaint. The woman said Tumpkin would sometimes also choke and bite her, and would threaten to kill men she expressed interest in, according to the complaint.

The most recent incident came Nov. 18, on the eve of the CU Buffs’ game against Washington State. The woman said she agreed to come out for the game, but that Tumpkin arrived intoxicated to a house in Broomfield and jabbed his finger in her face and then pinned her against a wall and choked her, according to the complaint. The night after the game, the woman claims Tumpkin threw her around and choked her before dragging her by her hair to the door and telling her to “get the (expletive) out,” according to the complaint.

“We are still gathering details about the very serious allegations in this filing,” CU athletic director Rick George said. “Once I’ve reviewed it, I will get together with Coach (Mike) MacIntyre and we will take whatever action is appropriate and necessary. I expect all our student-athletes and employees to conduct themselves appropriately on and off the field.”

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Tumpkin has been on Colorado’s staff for the past two seasons and recently called the team’s defensive plays in the Alamo Bowl after defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt left for the same position at Oregon. Tumpkin, who was the defensive coordinator at Central Michigan from 2010-2014, has reportedly been a candidate for the defensive coordinator opening.

For now, the restraining order keeps Tumpkin, who has not been arrested, from going within 100 yards of the woman or her home. A hearing to decide if the restraining order will be made permanent is scheduled for Jan. 31.

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