Tennessee freshman cornerback Deion Bonner suspended indefinitely

Tennessee defensive backs Deion Bonner, left, and Eric Gordon, right, run a drill during practice at Science Hill High School's Steve Spurrier Field in Kermit Tipton Stadium in Johnson City, Tenn., Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee defensive backs Deion Bonner, left, and Eric Gordon, right, run a drill during practice at Science Hill High School's Steve Spurrier Field in Kermit Tipton Stadium in Johnson City, Tenn., Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee freshman cornerback Deion Bonner has been suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules, the school said Thursday.

Bonner has played in nine games this year, largely on special teams.

Bonner was listed as a suspect in a campus cellphone theft on Oct. 31, but after an investigation police said last Friday no charges would be brought and that the alleged victim did not wish to pursue charges. At the time, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said Bonner would not face any discipline unless new information came to light.

It’s not clear if Bonner’s current suspension is related to the alleged theft.

In April of 2011, Bonner and two teammates from Carver High School in Columbus, Ga., 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 three-star prospect by 247Sports, saw his recruiting stock plummet after the arrest.

Earlier this month, after several media outlets reported that he was a suspect in the cellphone theft, Bonner tweeted, “Crazy crazy world that we live in.”

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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Vol1968 writes:

I am very glad to see Coach is still taking care of business and doing so professionally.

Ayres_Hall writes:

I'm not leaving. What about you, Witchdoctor?

abnerPeabody writes:

You are who you are. That never changes.At least seldom anyway.

Flyfisherman writes:

Earlier this month, after several media outlets reported that he was a suspect in the cellphone theft, Bonner tweeted, "Crazy crazy world that we live in."

Did he tweet this from his own phone??

orangeman1 writes:

I thought Dooley was taking a risk on this one. 2nd chances are fine unless it backfires, and Dooley has had several blow up in his face like this. What funny is how some fans bought in to the "Dooley recruits character kids" mantra.

123forVOLS writes:

OK Move on Mode seems to be in play here. What's next?

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to orangeman1:

I thought Dooley was taking a risk on this one. 2nd chances are fine unless it backfires, and Dooley has had several blow up in his face like this. What funny is how some fans bought in to the "Dooley recruits character kids" mantra.

And how many posters on this site don't really know what they are talking about...

opportunityisnowhere writes:

I guess it was only a matter of time.

NomDePlume (Inactive) writes:

OMG! This is a crippling blow to our defense!!

Just kidding. We don't have a defense.

snuffysmiff writes:

in response to NomDePlume:

OMG! This is a crippling blow to our defense!!

Just kidding. We don't have a defense.

My sentiments exactly. What has he contributed to the team other than distraction?

knoxemtman writes:

Go Vols! Not...

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

I guess these thug sympathizers owe the moral majority an apology?

VolzsFan writes:

Thug U. Bail em out and let them play. This is not the Ivy League. You need thugs to win at this level.

pcshowtime writes:

on 11/02/12 he is in trouble suspended
11/05/12 cleared of trouble can play.
11/09/12 suspended due to trouble suspended.
all for the same incident which is it????

Sir_Spanky writes:

in response to Flyfisherman:

Earlier this month, after several media outlets reported that he was a suspect in the cellphone theft, Bonner tweeted, "Crazy crazy world that we live in."

Did he tweet this from his own phone??

Even CRAZIER!! when U got the munchies... Could've tweeted it from an ObamaPhone, not sure.

jbc writes:

in response to orangeman1:

I thought Dooley was taking a risk on this one. 2nd chances are fine unless it backfires, and Dooley has had several blow up in his face like this. What funny is how some fans bought in to the "Dooley recruits character kids" mantra.

I do not have any statistics, but it seems like there have been less problems with the players in general than the previous 15+ years.

It used to be, we haven't heard any trouble from the football team recently, something should happening any minute.

BeRealistic writes:

He probably would've flunked out anyway.

snuffysmiff writes:

in response to pcshowtime:

on 11/02/12 he is in trouble suspended
11/05/12 cleared of trouble can play.
11/09/12 suspended due to trouble suspended.
all for the same incident which is it????

Undisclosed usually means he didn't bring a warm bottle of someone else's pee for his drug test.

ArmyDad writes:

Yeah, it is a crazy world that we live in alright. Crazy that Dooley signed off on giving him a scholarship to UT after he was convicted of stealing from Georgia players in the UGA locker room at the spring game when he was there on an unofficial visit.

Nobody saw this one coming, did they?

orangeman1 writes:

in response to jbc:

I do not have any statistics, but it seems like there have been less problems with the players in general than the previous 15+ years.

It used to be, we haven't heard any trouble from the football team recently, something should happening any minute.

UT had a bad run for about 18 months which instgated the "Fulmer Cup", but overall I dont see much difference in the "character" players Dooley recruited. There have been several kicked off the team due to one reason or another. Several were given multiple chances like the previous coaches. Dont get me wrong, I dont think Dooley has done anything wrong with going after questionable players because thats what a coach has to do to win in the SEC. I just didnt buy the whole "Strict Disciplinarian" or "recruits high character players" persona some fans were claiming.

GloryDays writes:

He is a thug and a criminal. He should have never been given a scholarship to begin with.

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to Vol1968:

I am very glad to see Coach is still taking care of business and doing so professionally.

"Taking care of business"??? This kid stole from UGA football players after receiving a full ride offer from UGA. He gets to UT and within his first year he's accused of stealing a cell phone and then gets suspended.

This is Dooley taking care of business???

Wrong.

This is Dooley wasting a scholarship.

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to ArmyDad:

Yeah, it is a crazy world that we live in alright. Crazy that Dooley signed off on giving him a scholarship to UT after he was convicted of stealing from Georgia players in the UGA locker room at the spring game when he was there on an unofficial visit.

Nobody saw this one coming, did they?

Yes! Thank you!

When Jeff Fisher drafted Adam Jones I threw up my hands and said, "What the hell is he thinking?"

When Dooley offered this kid, I did the exact same thing. If a kid like Bonner is willing to steal from UGA in such a brazen manner, he isn't a "project" that some VFL program is going to turn around...he's a problem.

RememberWhen writes:

hell if a guy has this kind of background in theft why isn't he playing!!???? This defense could use a few more "thefts"!!!

RememberWhen writes:

c'mon people...the kid went on a visit to Athens, got around all those GA guys and simply thought stealing was part of the program.....afterall GA does lead the world in season opening suspensions the last 4-5 years....

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to RememberWhen:

hell if a guy has this kind of background in theft why isn't he playing!!???? This defense could use a few more "thefts"!!!

No doubt, this reminds me of Fulmer when Coker stayed in the doghouse..If you're going to compromise the integrity of the program by allowing questionable characters to enroll at UT, be smart enough to play these guys until they either fail out or bail out of school/jail.

jawga writes:

in response to RememberWhen:

c'mon people...the kid went on a visit to Athens, got around all those GA guys and simply thought stealing was part of the program.....afterall GA does lead the world in season opening suspensions the last 4-5 years....

iBonn was too much of a risk even for the Dawgs so they let UT take the hit. The only surprise is he didn't even make it through his frosh season...I was expecting dismissal prior to the '13 Fall practice.

Olcrow writes:

in response to RememberWhen:

hell if a guy has this kind of background in theft why isn't he playing!!???? This defense could use a few more "thefts"!!!

Oh he can steal,he just can't STOP!

Olcrow writes:

Gonna have to put him on the 3:10 to Yuma.

clvolfan writes:

That usually means he is definitely not suspended.

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to Olcrow:

Oh he can steal,he just can't STOP!

ROTFLMAO !!! That rejoinder gets 5 stars *****.

thevoice writes:

in response to NomDePlume:

OMG! This is a crippling blow to our defense!!

Just kidding. We don't have a defense.

Ha. I'd say the more defensive backs we can get off the team, the better. I like Dooley's plan on this one.

shipperman#280095 writes:

Thats ok son, your coach will be permanently suspended within 10 days

Bristol writes:

in response to NomDePlume:

OMG! This is a crippling blow to our defense!!

Just kidding. We don't have a defense.

haha

TKO writes:

This will devastate the defense....lmao....

pcshowtime writes:

dooley waisted scholarship. Now is were is everybody who always complains about lane kiffens recruits washing out and how bad it was when dooley arrived.

Add this kid with darick rogers under dooley watch.

elmoe writes:

No the trouble just came in from Atlanta. This time a former lady Vol.

pcorange writes:

in response to jbc:

I do not have any statistics, but it seems like there have been less problems with the players in general than the previous 15+ years.

It used to be, we haven't heard any trouble from the football team recently, something should happening any minute.

Agreed, and when one of them does get in trouble, Dooley does a pretty good job of dealing with in a fair but firm way. Shame he can't coach.

arkansasvol1975 writes:

in response to orangeman1:

I thought Dooley was taking a risk on this one. 2nd chances are fine unless it backfires, and Dooley has had several blow up in his face like this. What funny is how some fans bought in to the "Dooley recruits character kids" mantra.

How can you recruit someone who stole and was arrested on a prior recruiting visit? Do you know how dumb you have to be to do that on a recruiting visit? My mom always said, a liar is a liar, and a thief is a thief. Some things just don't change. One thing is, if all college teams kicked all the thugs off of their football teams, they wouldn't have much of a team. Hell, look a Dez Bryant who plays for the Cowboys, smacked his own mother.....dang. What kind of person smacks their own mother? My guess is there is more athletes that get in trouble, but you don't hear about it or its swept under the rug. Look at Mike Dyer at ASU, state trooper pulled him over and found drugs and a gun......and lets him go. Didn't hear nothing about it until the higher ups at the state police found out and canned the trooper who did it. Then the next day, Dyer was released from ASU. Dyer was kicked off of Auburn's team for thugish activities, my question is, what else has he done and gotten away with? Thug is a thug.

oldster writes:

in response to orangeman1:

I thought Dooley was taking a risk on this one. 2nd chances are fine unless it backfires, and Dooley has had several blow up in his face like this. What funny is how some fans bought in to the "Dooley recruits character kids" mantra.

Pick 120 kids from any religious high school or college you want to name and it is almost certain that one or two of them will do something stupid and illegal. It is simply a matter of youth and statistics.

utfan2121 writes:

WOW... surprised it took him this long to get suspended.

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

in response to arkansasvol1975:

How can you recruit someone who stole and was arrested on a prior recruiting visit? Do you know how dumb you have to be to do that on a recruiting visit? My mom always said, a liar is a liar, and a thief is a thief. Some things just don't change. One thing is, if all college teams kicked all the thugs off of their football teams, they wouldn't have much of a team. Hell, look a Dez Bryant who plays for the Cowboys, smacked his own mother.....dang. What kind of person smacks their own mother? My guess is there is more athletes that get in trouble, but you don't hear about it or its swept under the rug. Look at Mike Dyer at ASU, state trooper pulled him over and found drugs and a gun......and lets him go. Didn't hear nothing about it until the higher ups at the state police found out and canned the trooper who did it. Then the next day, Dyer was released from ASU. Dyer was kicked off of Auburn's team for thugish activities, my question is, what else has he done and gotten away with? Thug is a thug.

Ah yes Grasshopper, but the all high CDD spoke with him, looked him in the eye and read his soul, and he showed remorse. So they held hands and sang Kumbayah and at the end of the 2d verse, CDD offered him a scholly.

He skinned ole CDD like catfish and CDD is looking stupid in between games now. It was bad enough looking so clueless every Sunday on his TV show after each sterling result from the day before.

"Aw come on, he said he wouldn't steal or smoke weed anymore..."

hueypilot writes:

So a kid did something really stupid, got a second chance, (we believe in second chances in this country, don't we?) and he blew it. Not a lot of surprises here. Guys get second chances all the time and they either take advantage of them and prevail, or they don't and go back to the hood. Good luck loser. Try not to get shot or go to prison.

Vol86 writes:

This our society people. If I don't have it I will take it, and I should expect it. Right Mr. Pres.

whatthe84 writes:

I bet Deon is smoking weed. Just my guess or it could be the cell phone theft. He is smoking weed anyway maybe he has not gotten caught yet, but he is smoking fact...bank it dano. Its just weed though most people smoke weed don't they? I mean really...Shameequa would be suspended for what shahee did in Hotlanta. Wow I never knew she was so high strung...who knew.She had a good jumper though and that is all that mattas she could shoot the rock Go Big Orange!

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

The KNS journalism does not provide one bit of information about how the cell phone was allegedly stolen. What kind of Newspaper is this?

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