Latrelle Lee, the Tennessee State University defensive end who was expelled from the school for punching strength coach T.J. Greenstone during the game on Saturday, November 11, has been charged with felony assault.
The assault happened during TSU’s game against Southeast Missouri State at Hale Stadium. Lee was immediately dismissed from the sideline by head coach Rod Reed for improper misconduct and was later expelled from both the team and the university. He has since been charged with one count of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury.
According to court records, the arrest affidavit states “once struck about the face by the defendant, the victim fell to the ground and was dazed and somewhat unconscious from the punches. The victim has subsequently been having medical difficulties as a result of the altercation.”
A TSU football player has been kicked off the team and expelled from the university after punching a coach in the face during their last game pic.twitter.com/LgV7pXa6BG
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According to The Tennessean, Greenstone’s job is to keep players away from the sideline to avoid getting penalized. At this time, there is no word on what caused Lee to strike Greenstone.
Lee was booked into the Metro jail Monday night and posted a $7,500 bond several hours later.
Tennesse State athletic director Teresa Phillips released a statement regarding the video:
“We, of course, do not condone any act of violence within our department and are very disturbed by the action of one of our students. We are committed to supporting the coach who was personally affected and our concern now is with him.”
Greenstone, who played defensive tackle at Vanderbilt, is in his fourth season coaching at Tennessee State.
Lee was a senior from Dothan, Alabama who was majoring in criminal justice. He started in two games this season and six last season, playing in a total of 16 games during his freshman and sophomore seasons.