Alabama football: Deionte Thompson returns to school, still cooperating with cops in assault case
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban is still in the process of gathering information surrounding the Deionte Thompson situation.
Thompson has been excused from practice since last Thursday.
“He’s still cooperating with law enforcement and we’re just going to leave it that way for now,” Saban said Thursday. “He’s back here in school and we want … First of all, I still don’t have a lot of the facts surrounding this circumstance and situation, and what went on.
“Until we find (out what happened) I really have no intentions of taking action, until I know what I’m taking action for or about. But he is back. He did cooperate, but I’m just going to let him continue to take care of those issues and we’ll address it when we get more information.”
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The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office issued felony assault warrants last Thursday to Thompson, 20, along with Morris Joseph, 18, Rufus Joseph, 18, and Daletredricc Wolfford, 21.
The warrants were issued in connection with an assault of Noah Frillou, 18, on March 18 in Crystal Beach, Texas. KBMT reported that Frillou was knocked unconscious and suffered “several” broken bones in his face during the fight.
Alabama’s players were on Spring Break from March 13-17.
Thompson is a rising redshirt sophomore who saw time in a reserve role on defense and played special teams last season.
It’s unlikely that Thompson will participate in Alabama’s A-Day spring game on Saturday. He hasn’t been at practice since news of the incident broke.
Alabama’s A-Day game is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET on ESPN.
The A-Day game is the 15th and final practice of the spring for Alabama football. Gates open at 11 a.m. and admission will once again be free to the public.
Alabama football leads the nation in spring game attendance over the last 10 years with a total of 809,744 fans for an average of 80,974 fans per game during that period.
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