KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WBIR) – Jeremy Banks is no longer a part of the Vols football team.
The 19-year-old linebacker from Cordova was arrested after a traffic stop on Sept. 15 for driving on a suspended license. He was suspended for a few games but allowed back on the team.
Then on Tuesday, the UT Police Dept. released videos of Banks’ arrest at the request of 10News.
While Banks was cooperative and not combative, the video did show him swearing and making derogatory comments about police officers.
He said multiple times that he hated cops, and told a woman who was riding along with the officer, “Ma’am, you don’t wanna be an intern because where I’m from we shoot at cops. I’m from Memphis, Tennessee.”
On the drive to the detention facility, Banks made the comment that he should have ran because they never could have caught him.
During the arrest, Banks asked to call Coach Jeremy Pruitt, who also expressed frustration.
Pruitt said he was not aware of the warrant and asked about it several times.
“So why do you, I mean, why do you have to arrest him just ’cause he’s a warrant?” Pruitt can be heard saying over the phone.
“That’s because the state of Tennessee is the one who issued the warrant so I have to take him in for that warrant. Like I said, I have no choice about that. If it was just a suspended license, I could have discretion on that,” the officer replied.
After the video was released, Banks issued an apology and Pruitt released a statement calling the behavior unacceptable but said they would address the matter internally.
Now, Pruitt has said Banks is no longer part of the football team.
“I have made the decision to remove Jeremy Banks from our football program,” Pruitt said in a statement. “While I will continue to support Jeremy in the next steps in his life, information I recently received made it clear that this decision is in the best interest of the football program and the university.”