TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Following news Thursday night that Alabama safety Deionte Thompson is among four suspects being considered in a felony assault case in Texas, head coach Nick Saban commented on the situation Friday afternoon before the Crimson Tide’s second scrimmage of spring camp.
“We are still in the process of gathering all of the facts in Deionte’s situation," Saban said according to a release from the university. "He has been excused today to cooperate with law enforcement in this matter. Once we have a better understanding of what happened, we will make a determination as to what needs to be done in terms of the appropriate course of action moving forward.”
According to a report from television station KBMT-TV in Texas, the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office issued felony assault warrants to Thompson, 20, as well as Morris Joseph, 18, Rufus Joseph, 18 and Daletredricc Wolfford, 21. The warrants were issued in connection with an assault of 18-year-old Noah Frillou on March 18 in Crystal Beach, Texas. KBMT reported Frillou was knocked unconscious and suffered “several” broken bones in his face after getting into a fight.
The University of Alabama held its Spring Break from March 13-17. Alabama players were required to report back before March 21 in time for the Tide's first practice of spring camp.
Thursday night, Thompson’s father, Vester Thompson, responded to the news on social media.
"I understand that journalists have a job to do. Just wait until you hear the truth,” Vester Thompson posted on his Twitter account. “Trust me, the key word in the case is ALABAMA.”
During his redshirt freshman season last year, Thompson saw regular time on special teams while serving a limited role in the Tide’s secondary. This spring he has been working behind starter Ronnie Harrison at free safety.
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