Jeremy Pruitt Offers Odd Response To Cop Who Arrested Tennessee Star
Jeremy Pruitt offers an odd response to the cop who arrested a Tennessee star in a recently released transcript.
On Tuesday, police released footage from a September arrest of running back Jeremy Banks.
The arrest stemmed from an outstanding traffic warrant.
Banks’ behavior in the video was at times cordial, but at times deeply unsettling.
“What would you do without that badge, though? That’s all I want to know,” Banks could be heard asking the officer.
“Y’all wouldn’t want to see me without that badge.”
The running back later suggested that he should have simply evaded the police.
“I should’ve ran, test y’all’s speed,” he said.
“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.”
Banks’ most troubling comment was directed to a woman who was riding along in the car.
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“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 added.
Along with the video of the arrest, police also released audio from a call with Tennessee head football coach, Jeremy Pruitt.
“Why do you have to arrest him? Just because he has a warrant?” Pruitt could be heard asking.
“This is the silliest s— I’ve ever seen in my life,” Pruitt said during the phone conversation.
“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. Because the people usually say, ‘Hey, something’s not right here,’” he continued.
“Go ahead. Do your civic duty, man,” Pruitt added later.
On Tuesday, Pruitt struck a different tone while speaking of the incident and how it unfolded.
“Jeremy’s behavior and comments are unacceptable and portrayed himself and our football program very poorly and he understands that,” Pruitt said.
“We will address the matter internally.
“I’m determined to do what I can to help Jeremy grow up and become a better man.
“Our team and staff respect our law enforcement and we will continue to educate our players on how to carry themselves at all times.”
Banks were similarly apologetic this week.
“I want to sincerely apologize to my family, the University of Tennessee and the law enforcement community,” he said in a statement released by the school.
“I deeply regret my language and attitude in the video.
“I have great respect for our police men and women, and I am embarrassed by my actions that night,” he continued.
“That’s not who I am. I promise to be a better representative for the University of Tennessee moving forward.”