Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Tennessee State football player dismissed from team after punching strength coach

Tennessee State football player dismissed from team after punching strength coach

A Tennessee State University football player was kicked off the team and expelled after allegedly becoming violent during a game.

The Tennesssean identified that coach as Tennessee State's strength and conditioning coach T.J. Greenstone, whose job it is to keep players back along the sideline, so as not to incur penalties for interfering with officials.

Greenstone recovered somewhat from the first punch, but Lee's fist returned nearly immediately, sending the couch down to the ground.

The incident occurred in TSU's home win over over Southeast Missouri.


Lee, a senior from Dothan, Ala., who started two games this season but didn't play Saturday, was dismissed from the team immediately and expelled from school, the Tennessean reports. Lee is seen in videos footage hitting Greenstone twice on the side of his head. "We are committed to supporting the coach who was personally affected and our concern now is with him".

Lee, at 6-foot-2, 240 pounds, did not play in Saturday's game.

Greenstone, a former Vanderbilt football player, fell to the ground after being punched. Through nine games this season, games Lee tallied 18 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss. He made the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2016.

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