Deion Bonner: Tennessee DB listed as suspect in campus theft

Tennessee freshman defensive back Deion Bonner, who was one of the Southeast’s most-highly recruited college prospects before being arrested last year as part of a UGA lockerroom theft, has been named as the suspect in the campus theft of a cell phone.

Bonner, who played with Isaiah Crowell at Carver-Columbus High School, signed with Tennessee over Miami and Arkansas last February.

On Friday evening, Bonner had neither been arrested nor does he face any charges while the investigation proceeded at Tennessee, reported the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

According to a University of Tennessee Police Department report filed Wednesday evening, Bonner is alleged to have stolen a cell phone valued at less than $500 from a room inside the Health and Physical Education Building (HPER) on Tennessee’s campus earlier Wednesday.

After signing day last year, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley told the AJC that Bonner would be held to a higher code of conduct than other Tennessee players because of his past troubles.

“Well I don’t want to speak specifically for Deion but I will say it’s fair when you make mistakes in life, every time you make another mistake it’s not like that prior mistake didn’t happen,” Dooley said. “It’s no different than how we sentence and how we punish people in our criminal system. I mean, a guy who is a first-time offender is not going to get the same punishment as a guy who has done it three or four times. So, Deion knows he’s coming here with already a bad mistake under his belt. It will be a little different if somebody else makes a mistake, versus what he does. I think that’s human nature.”

Following the arrest at UGA, Bonner faced several penalties, including being suspended for the first five games of his senior year at Carver-Columbus.

This year at Tennessee, Bonner has appeared all seven games on special teams.




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    30 comments Add your comment


    November 3rd, 2012
    6:15 am

    Typicals being Typical.


    November 3rd, 2012
    6:18 am

    I mean does this really surprise anyone. This is what you get for treating these kids the way they are treated. The kid stole on a recruiting trip. Why would anyone give him a scholarship? Blows my mind.

    Just Saying

    November 3rd, 2012
    6:33 am

    Thank goodness he ain’t a Dawg!


    November 3rd, 2012
    7:00 am

    Doesn’t surprise me. These kids are coddled and are allowed to get away with pretty much everything because of their athletic abilities. Problem is that nearly all of them come from broken homes with only a mother. Think that point is no big deal? Look up the statistical rates for those in prison from single parent families to two parent families….


    November 3rd, 2012
    7:52 am

    THWGT…..statistics can lie sometimes but in the point you made @0700 you are spot on. There is no substitute for a stong family unit. That does not relieve Deion from responsibility of his actons. It only points out the imortance of mom & dad. There are many success stories of single parent homes. This appears not to one of them.

    Craigee Dah

    November 3rd, 2012
    9:08 am

    Stupid Canadians

    John Q. Public

    November 3rd, 2012
    9:09 am

    Maybe consider actually PROOFREADING your articles before posting? Just a thought….

    Bonner would be held to a high code of conduct than other
    Bonner had appeared all seven games

    Moobs Johnson

    November 3rd, 2012
    9:14 am

    Just what Son of Dooley needs is another player in trouble. Typical SEC “honor” student.

    Dawg Pound-R

    November 3rd, 2012
    10:35 am

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Flo - Ri - Duh

    November 3rd, 2012
    10:38 am

    Bama Dawg

    November 3rd, 2012
    11:04 am

    Im so tired of hearing that excuse. My father split when i was 7 and was nonexistant in my life since. My mom worked her butt off to barely make enough money for us to survive yet somehow i manage to not steal other people stuff or sell drugs. Give me a break and stop making excuses for people. Some people are just born bad seeds and wont change.

    Satan Sabin

    November 3rd, 2012
    1:02 pm

    A thug daddy always begets a thug Junior!

    Satan Sabin

    November 3rd, 2012
    1:03 pm

    Columbus schools must have a higher thug rate than the national average,huh?


    November 3rd, 2012
    2:55 pm

    We need to have the same academic standards for the atheletes as students, and then every university wouldn’t have to have any of these thugs on their campus. The teams would be made of people of class.Wouldn’t that be great, like pre 1971great if you know what I mean! It’s time to dethug the universities, My only concern would be Richt wouldn,t know who to recruit! lol


    November 3rd, 2012
    7:08 pm

    The so called “broken home” scenario was developed and encouraged by the same group of people who are now calling it a problem. Go figure? So now it’s a problem because Deion Bonner won’t be around to entertain you anymore? By limiting both the job and educational opportunities for the fathers of these young men and making it a requirement that no father is present in the home to get approved for welfare and food stamps, this is the consequences of those actions. But now it’s a problem when sports and entertainment are easier avenues for Mr. Bonner to follow rather than get a regular job. But, hey, now it’s a problem.


    November 3rd, 2012
    7:14 pm

    BTW, my comment does not take away the fact that Mr. Bonner has been given 2 or 3 chances to get on the right track and he lacks the maturity to take advantage of these limited opportunities. This was a choice he made and the “broken home” crap talk is only a very small part of it. Most serial killers came from wealthy homes with both parents. Go figure?

    Pope UGA XXIII

    November 3rd, 2012
    7:50 pm

    Maybe he can rrom with Mr Cro-well at Alabama State.
    Derek Dooley is a good man who doesn’t need to have a
    bozo like this on campus.

    Hugh A

    November 4th, 2012
    12:37 am

    You could smell the desperation on Dooley from miles away when he signed this kid. What a joke the UT program has become.

    HardTruth Here

    November 4th, 2012
    2:30 am

    Dooley you ain’t a first offender, The People in TENN feel offended everytime you take them to the field. Just above Vandy, and Kentucky, what a waste!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HardTruth Here

    November 4th, 2012
    2:33 am

    The City of Columbus needs to thank Jarvis Jones for not embarrassing them, God knows Bonner, and Crowell sure have.

    A person SMART enough to know.....

    November 4th, 2012
    8:28 pm

    Hahahahah……………kids from Georgia are raised to be trashy…….Crazy…..didn’t your Grandma raise you better?


    November 5th, 2012
    10:29 am

    Some things never change.


    November 5th, 2012
    4:57 pm

    You just had to add IC to the article huh

    border dweller

    November 5th, 2012
    8:06 pm

    Your grandma’s racism is showing.

    Go Vols

    November 5th, 2012
    8:18 pm

    No idea why this article was deemed worthy of publication at A player on UT’s football team – not a starter or a critical part of the team – is a suspect in a campus theft. As I scroll up, I see the banner heading is “College Recruiting.” So, it makes even less sense since his status has nothing to do with recruiting. I can only assume it’s meant to be inflammatory and drive traffic. I’m probably not helping my case by adding a comment but it just seemed absurd to me.


    November 6th, 2012
    10:03 am

    I support Dooley and ALL of our team.


    November 6th, 2012
    3:44 pm

    Sorry Go Vols, a former UGA commitment from Georgia, whose offer was revoked over a theft during a recruiting visit, who was then welcomed at UT, who is now a suspect in a theft in Knoxville?

    How is that NOT of great local interest? I understand you’re steamed at this simultaneous validation of UGA’s decision, and exposure of the risks that UT is taking in recruiting these days – but there can be no rational denial of the strong local interest in THAT development.

    Nuk-Dog Richardson

    November 8th, 2012
    10:08 am

    Yeaaaahhhh boooyyeeeee
    Way to keep up the UT legacy.
    Man I tell you though that robbin people at gas stations is much more profitable.
    Just don’t wear your Property of UT Football shirt like I did.

    Duh-Rick Rogers

    November 8th, 2012
    10:11 am

    Ain’t that the truth.


    November 10th, 2012
    9:07 am

    Oh BOY !! I bet you tired to tie him to UGA !! Let’s see how UT handles this. Should they make him run extra laps or kick him off the team ? LOL Cordell what where you thinking when you went up there ? You could be playing for a team that has a chance of doing something Great !! LET THE BIG DAWG EAT !!!!