Tennessee freshman cornerback Deion Bonner suspect in the theft of cell phone

Tennessee freshman cornerback Deion Bonner is a suspect in a cell phone theft in a building on the UT campus, officials said.

According to a UT Police Department report by officer Ashley Martin, Bonner is the lone suspect listed in the report, which listed the alleged offense as theft under $500. No arrest has been reported.

Student Elizabeth A. Foster, 21, of Eads, Tenn., reported at 4:44 p.m., Wednesday that someone stole her cell phone in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building on Andy Holt Avenue.

A spokesperson for the UT athletic department had no immediate comment on Friday.

Bonner sent a message on his Twitter account Friday night that read, “Crazy crazy world that we live in.”

Bonner, 19, from Columbus Ga., has played in six games this season.

In April of 2011, Bonner and two teammates from Carver High School were arrested by University of Georgia police for stealing iPods and iPhones from the lockers of seven Georgia football players during a recruiting visit.

Bonner, an all-state player who was rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and a three-star prospect by 247Sports, saw his recruiting stock plummet after the arrest.

During a press conference in February, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley defended the decision to sign Bonner.

“We did a lot of diligence on the situation. Deion was incredibly truthful and incredibly remorseful, and I don’t know of a high school player who had to pay the piper more that what he had to go through,” Dooley said. “I believe that he can come in and represent Tennessee the right way and learn from his mistakes and be a great example.”

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IdahoVol writes:

Cut him loose now. I really like the fact that Dooley has found good young men to play for the Vols. Make it clear that this won't be acceptable behavior. Most are representing very well.

OrangeDew writes:

Tiger stripes

gohawks1 writes:

Maybe he'll be re-remorseful.

RunningWithTheVols writes:

Shocker...

Might get back on the field in the next re-make of the "Longest Yard".

Chope writes:

Nice kid, gets another chance, makes Dooley look foolish. That's real low.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

I almost agree with Idaho but let's wait until all the facts are in. If they are true in the way it was reported, absolutely cut him loose and the sooner the better.

gglardon50#417841 writes:

I say cut him loose before the start of the 3rd season,which is what before Vandy

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Isn't this the same loser that stole cell phones from UGA athletes on a visit there?? Get rid of the thug, that leash was already shortened..When you are on thin ice, don't go ice skating..This guy is obviously eat up with the DA!

keepitreal4vols writes:

Everyone deserves a third chance.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

"A spokesperson fir....."?

Way to represent kid.
Now go join Cameron Clear.

GerryOP writes:

Man, the hits just keep on coming...

IC_Vol writes:

in response to IdahoVol:

Cut him loose now. I really like the fact that Dooley has found good young men to play for the Vols. Make it clear that this won't be acceptable behavior. Most are representing very well.

I was accused of something that would have ended my college career when I was a freshman. Fortunately I had 30 witnesses that put me 5 miles away from the incident. Before I rush to judgement. I will let the police do their due diligence. Way to many people here want to cut students loose the first time they hear of a potential issue. Glad that wasn't how it was done back in the 70s and 80s.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to IC_Vol:

I was accused of something that would have ended my college career when I was a freshman. Fortunately I had 30 witnesses that put me 5 miles away from the incident. Before I rush to judgement. I will let the police do their due diligence. Way to many people here want to cut students loose the first time they hear of a potential issue. Glad that wasn't how it was done back in the 70s and 80s.

Uhhh, this clown has already been charged with a similar theft..Where there's smoke..

pingkr62 writes:

Thugs and thieves. Unbelievable!

thevoice writes:

Dooley said, "I believe that he can come in and represent Tennessee the right way and learn from his mistakes and be a great example."

Famous last words.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to thevoice:

Dooley said, "I believe that he can come in and represent Tennessee the right way and learn from his mistakes and be a great example."

Famous last words.

I'm not berating Dooley for giving this guy a chance..This is all on Bonner and his inability to behave himself and abide by our laws.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I'm not berating Dooley for giving this guy a chance..This is all on Bonner and his inability to behave himself and abide by our laws.

This

WoodshedVol writes:

I'm positive if Bonner would have asked nicely, she would have given him her phone.

clvolfan writes:

in response to pingkr62:

Thugs and thieves. Unbelievable!

Something about electronics must run thru his veins...get him outta here,now!

richvol writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Isn't this the same loser that stole cell phones from UGA athletes on a visit there?? Get rid of the thug, that leash was already shortened..When you are on thin ice, don't go ice skating..This guy is obviously eat up with the DA!

Yeah that's him...cut his dumba-- and send him packing.

Snapshot writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Isn't this the same loser that stole cell phones from UGA athletes on a visit there?? Get rid of the thug, that leash was already shortened..When you are on thin ice, don't go ice skating..This guy is obviously eat up with the DA!

Read the whole article, it states that.

jawga writes:

in response to IC_Vol:

I was accused of something that would have ended my college career when I was a freshman. Fortunately I had 30 witnesses that put me 5 miles away from the incident. Before I rush to judgement. I will let the police do their due diligence. Way to many people here want to cut students loose the first time they hear of a potential issue. Glad that wasn't how it was done back in the 70s and 80s.

Yes...let's at least give CDD a chance to review the tape b4 we jump to conclusions. I thought iBonn would at least make it through his frosh yr b4 he joined DaBrick.

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

How does someone steal a cell phone? Did she just lay it down somewhere and walk away for a while?

pcorange writes:

I don't understand what makes these kids want to squander the opportunity to get a free college education, play in the SEC, and possibly play in the NFL. I guess when you're raised up in it, you just don't know any better. Oh, well. He was a cornerback. He obviously wasn't that great to begin with.

fratricide08 writes:

If he's the lone suspect, why hasn't he been arrested? Is he simply suspected for being there?

oldster writes:

IF he did it, cut him loose, now. Besides, he cannot be very good anyway or UT's secondary would not suck so badly.

Cash writes:

Buh Bye BoneHed

Orangepuddinskin writes:

Another ThUGA.

Tennfan4075 writes:

I don't remember ever being accused of stealing anything the whole time I was in HS, college and during my entire adult life. How does this happen to an innocent person so often? I guess it must just be bad luck.

Vols_fan_27 writes:

Regardless of record, one thing that can be said for Dooley is that he doesn't put up with things like this... If it does turn out to be true, I am sure he will take appropriate action... GBO!

pcshowtime writes:

in response to Vols_fan_27:

Regardless of record, one thing that can be said for Dooley is that he doesn't put up with things like this... If it does turn out to be true, I am sure he will take appropriate action... GBO!

Two words Darick Rogers

Tennfan4075 writes:

in response to steamboatticket#484773:

How does someone steal a cell phone? Did she just lay it down somewhere and walk away for a while?

What difference does it make whoever took the phone knew it didn't belong to them?

RinggoldDawg writes:

in response to Orangepuddinskin:

Another ThUGA.

Yes another thug that Georgia refused to recruit but the Vols signed.

pcorange writes:

in response to pcshowtime:

Two words Darick Rogers

And Darick is gone...

MiserableFloridaVol writes:

Cut...Him!!!

Vols4life77 writes:

Innocent until proven guilty. Isn't that the way it's supposed to be. 95 percent of the people already have him convicted. Slow down and let the facts come out. If it was a sure thing wouldn't he have been arrested by now. Chill out people..

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

Just another example of Lane Kiffin recruiting criminal players. Dooley deserves more time!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho:

Just another example of Lane Kiffin recruiting criminal players. Dooley deserves more time!

Uhhhh, Dooley recruited this particular thief.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Vols4life77:

Innocent until proven guilty. Isn't that the way it's supposed to be. 95 percent of the people already have him convicted. Slow down and let the facts come out. If it was a sure thing wouldn't he have been arrested by now. Chill out people..

Give it a rest..It's not like this guy has never been involved in a theft. You defending this guy is ludicrous. The court of public opinion has a right to doubt his integrity at this point.

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Uhhhh, Dooley recruited this particular thief.

This guy was a hot recruit until his GA visit and everyone else pulled their offers. If the Dawgs wouldn't have another criminal to avoid another preseason suspended player, why would we.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

Couple of points, please:

a. IF HE DID IT, we need to let a legal process prove it before slamming him.

b. If he did, then it would be appropriate to question the fact that most of the 4star athletes signed by Dooley are retreads---jocks who had to go back for remedial academic work, or were problems elsewhere before coming to UT.

And...if he was indeed the culprit in the phone-theft...which Dooley assured everyone had been a crime for which he had thoroughly and honestly repented before he was signed, in a previous phone theft crime in which he had been implicated...

then maybe we need to have a couple of sweatshirts printed...IF HE IS PROVED GUILTY...

a. CAN'T SPELL THUG WITHOUT "u.t."

and

b. DOOLEY IS NOT THE RECRUITER HE IS CLAIMED TO BE: HIS RECRUITS ARE THUGS, RETREADS OR SLEEPERS.

On the back of the shirt could be something like:

DOOLEY IS PAID LIKE HIS P.R. AGENT WOULD WANT, BUT DOOLEY HAS ACCOMPLISHMENTS LIKE THE STEVE SPURRIER'S P.R. AGENT WANTS.

(In the SC game, Spurrier and another of his coaches bet the outcome of the game on sending the defensive end to sack the QB from the INSIDE, saying they did not think UT's coaches would pick up on that possibility and change alignments of UT players to counteract it.

And the ensuing result cost UT the game.)

Maybe we just hire Spurrier and forget Dooley.
If he would come, in a couple or three years left in his career, he will beat more SEC opponents than Dooley will in his entire career, at the current rate of Dooley's and Spurrier's accomplishment.

Same for ranked teams.

Thanks BOT, Cheek and other doofuses in power, and Mike Hamilton the scumball.

Most of us could almost believe all of you HAVE to be getting payoffs from Vandy alums.

(During Fulmer's tenure, we would have concluded Alabama paid you bozos off to screw up UT Athletics, if things had been this bad. But under Dickey things were good---VERY GOOD.

They did not start crapping out until Hamilton was promoted and the current board, mroe or less, arrived...and the revolving presidencies and chancellorship-s.

Now UT is not even an afterthought for Bama fans, except that in Tuscaloosa, they consider UT now to be a bunch of losers.)

Thanks to all you leadersahip types.

Hope the legislature begins an investigation of all of you. Nobody could be that screwed up unintentionally...

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Vols4Ever:

This guy was a hot recruit until his GA visit and everyone else pulled their offers. If the Dawgs wouldn't have another criminal to avoid another preseason suspended player, why would we.

CDD admitted he wanted to give him a chance, but also said he wouldn't have offered if Bonner wasn't such a great prospect. Even John Wooden admitted he needed great players to win.

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

CDD admitted he wanted to give him a chance, but also said he wouldn't have offered if Bonner wasn't such a great prospect. Even John Wooden admitted he needed great players to win.

So did Barry Switzer and Jimmy Johnson. Play with fire - its hot and you get burned.

pcshowtime writes:

in response to pcorange:

And Darick is gone...

Darick Rogers
Should have been thrown off the team this time last year. Dooley protected him until no end. Even had the university force coach charlie begget out. see for yourself. The university had to pay 425'000.00 dollars to keep begget from talking.

Basically Coach Charlie Begget Told Dooley it was either Him or drug head WR Darick Rogers. Dooley chose Darick rogers. We all know how that keeping darick rogers worked out.
http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2012/f...

The only reason Darick rogers is not on the team now is because dooley's hand was forced by failed drug tests.

BigVolFaninSC writes:

There is no harm in waiting for ALL the facts to be gathered!...If guilty, he will be gone soon enough...If NOT guilty, how stupid would it look to cut him early?...All those saying to do so would then bash Dooley for not waiting long enough...

snafu14u#241639 writes:

in response to carbonatedmilk:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

speaking of patterns of behavior.....the term "chick"....and your post on the article about Lady Vol recruiting that no one cares about women's basketball......bet you have trouble in real life with relationships....please limit your posts to the site of your real school. and of course....buh bye. BonzaiVol

TooDlems writes:

You people are just eat up with yourselves. This is the third one of these kids Doofus has taken in. He along with the DL that couldn't get in Florida and Darrington Sentimore that Saban suspended the week of the Iron Bowl and later quit and left for a JC. We don't know why he was suspended because Saban doesn't tell the media anything he doesn't want them to know. GO TROY!!!

TooDlems writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I agree with most of what you said, but too much JD for JB and the GD comment will get your post removed when the KNS police get out bed this morning. I say give Dooley a raise and an extension of his contract, and you need to to do it now before all the 3 star players are committed.

Henley-Street-Bridge writes:

Here's my Number, Call me Maybe

Rock85 writes:

But if we fire Dooley we will lose our 10th in the SEC Recruiting class.. But if we fire Dooley kids will get in trouble again.. But If we fire Dooley who would we get??? But if we fire Dooley, we will have had tooooo many coaches in five years.. But if we fire Dooley we will lose money..... was posted in my best WINE!! UUUHHHH

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