Former Tennessee State defensive end Latrelle Lee, who punched head strength coach T.J. Greenstone during a game earlier this month, has been formally arrested on a felony assault charge, according to several published reports. He was charged with one count of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury in connection to the attack on Nov. 11 at Hale Stadium.
Lee was booked into the Metro Nashville jail on Monday night, several hours later, however, he was able to post a $7,500 bond according to online records. A charge of aggravated assault can carry up to six years in prison.
The Tennessean reported the following from the arrest affidavit:
“Once struck about the face by the defendant, the victim fell to the ground and was dazed and somewhat unconscious from the punches,” according to an arrest affidavit. “The victim has subsequently been having medical difficulties as a result from the altercation.”
— Tennessean (@Tennessean) November 14, 2017
New video has emerged
The original video, however, doesn’t show the moments that led up to Lee punching Greenstone. New footage obtained by the Tennessean shows that Greenstone and Lee were already involved in a scuffle as their arms get entangled before punches were thrown. You can see that video here.
Lee has some support
A number of Lee’s former teammates and friends have started the #GiveLeeHisDegree hashtag on social media. The posts generally suggest that the 22-year-old senior, who was expelled from TSU, be allowed to graduate. Some posts though even go as far to point out that Lee was reacting to physical contact from Greenstone.
— Glen CoCo (: (@CosmoKels_) November 16, 2017
The coach hit him first btw #GiveLeeHisDegree
— Kuki Sanban 🌼 (@Kii_Danielle) November 16, 2017