Three-star South Carolina commit arrested for alleged domestic abuse

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

The New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting three-star South Carolina recruit James Thompson was arrested this week on two charges: aggravated battery and domestic abuse by battery.

Thompson, a small forward who commited to South Carolina two weeks ago, was arrested in relation to two alleged incidents, one from Aug. 10, 2013, and more recently on June 4.

On Aug. 10, 2013, Thompson and the complainant had engaged in "a very heated verbal dispute about her creating a new Instagram page" until he eventually threw her cell phone at her, striking her in the eye and causing a black eye, and then kicked her while she was on the floor, she told officers.

On June 4, 2014, Thompson "punched the victim in the eye, slapped her in the face several times and threw things at her again, causing pain and bruises to her chin, on her leg, her eye and to the back of her right thigh," because of a comment on one of her Instagram photos, she told officers, according to the report. On Monday, the complainant submitted several photos of her injuries and completed a witness statement, but refused medical attention. Sheriff's officers later contacted Thompson, 19, who admitted to having thrown the complainant's phone at her face on Aug. 10, 2013, but denied touching her June 4, 2014, during what he stated had remained only a verbal altercation.

South Carolina has made a broad statement that acknowledges it is aware of the situation at hand.

"We are aware of the serious charges regarding James Thompson and are gathering more information. We will have no further comment at this time," the school said in a release.

Thompson is from Baton Rouge, La.

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