KNOXVILLE – Tennessee freshman cornerback Deion Bonner has been suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules, a team spokesman confirmed to Nooga.com on Thursday afternoon.
Bonner, who has appeared in nine games this season, was listed as a suspect in an on-campus theft by a University of Tennessee Police Department report two weeks ago. However, the book has been closed on that incident with no arrests made.
“There’s no change in his status as of now,” coach Derek Dooley said on Nov. 3. “The only thing I have is the stuff that has been presented to me by him and anything else is a no issue. Unless, I get anything else.”
It’s unclear at this point whether the news of his current suspension is related to that incident.
Bonner, who is originally from Columbus, Ga., was arrested and charged with one count of theft by taking part in an incident in April 2011 where several iPods and iPhones were taken from a University of Georgia locker room at an open-house event, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Vols continued to recruit Bonner after that arrest and eventually signed the four-star prospect, who was ranked as the No. 19 overall cornerback by Rivals.com.
“We did a lot of diligence on the situation,” Dooley said on signing day of 2012. “Deion was incredibly truthful, incredibly remorseful and I don’t know of a high school player who had to pay the piper more for what they did than what he did. He had an absolute public disparagement, had to sit out five games of his high school career and everybody stopped recruiting him.”