Video shows Tennessee player Jeremy Banks insulting police during arrest

first_imgVideo released to Knoxville (Tenn). TV station WBIR shows Banks attempted to tell police during his Sept. 15 arrest that he didn’t have his license on him before admitting it was still suspended.MORE: Two Tennessee players leave after loss to Georgia StateBanks was cooperative throughout most of the arrest procedure, telling police he was a football player and asking to call Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt before being placed in the back of the police cruiser. Since Banks’ car wasn’t impounded, police allowed him to call friends to come pick his car up; the first friend who showed up also had a suspended license, but a second friend with a valid license was eventually able to move his car.Banks then called Pruitt, who was placed on speakerphone and spoke with the trooper on site at the arrest. Pruitt can be heard saying he was aware of Banks’ traffic ticket. He was unaware of his outstanding warrant, however. Pruitt asked about it several times, but did not ask for special treatment for the player.“This is the silliest s— I’ve ever seen in my life. I’ve got it. I understand,” Pruitt said on the phone. “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.’”Banks could also be seen in the video asking to have his handcuffs adjusted while in the back of the cruiser. He also cursed as he became more frustrated by the situation. Just before the arresting officer could transport Banks to the detention center, however, he directed a concerning comment to a woman who rode in the front seat with the officer.”Ma’am, you don’t want to be an intern because where I’m from we shoot at cops,” Banks said in the video. “I’m from Memphis, Tennessee.”MORE: Three more players leave Tennessee after 1-3 startVideo then shows Banks alternating between singing, conversing and insulting the police officer en route to the detention center, which included him telling the officer he’d make sure they couldn’t get into Neyland Stadium.”I should have ran, test y’all’s speed,” Banks said. “Y’all would’ve never caught 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, who is still with the team and listed on the Volunteers’ official roster, has since apologized.“I want to sincerely apologize to my family, the University of Tennessee and the law enforcement community,” Banks said in a statement released Tuesday by Tennessee. “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. That’s not who I am. I promise to be a better representative for the University of Tennessee moving forward.” Pruitt also released a statement on Tuesday, via Tennessee:“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.” Bodycam and patrol car footage has revealed details of Tennessee linebacker Jeremy Banks’ recent arrest.University of Tennessee police arrested Banks at 3:45 a.m. on Sept. 15 — the day after the Volunteers played Tennessee-Chattanooga — after pulling him over for an illegal U-turn. When they ran his information, they found he had an outstanding warrant with a $500 bond for failure to appear in court out of Knox County, Tenn. (he was charged in July for driving on a suspended license).last_img