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A University of Tennessee football player is being investigated by police for animal abuse after allegedly injuring another student’s cat.
Knoxville police confirmed to local television station WBIR that they have opened an investigation into junior linebacker Aaron Beasley after a female student claimed he badly hurt her six-month-old kitten, although no charges have been filed.
The cat’s owner said in a GoFundMe post that she came home Thursday to find her cat, named Nugget, “under a dresser and not letting anyone touch him,” adding that he “screamed” when picked up and “couldn’t walk,” resulting in a trip to an animal hospital.
“Come to find out my roommate’s boyfriend had hit and kicked him, locked him in the toilet bowl, and held him upside down by his tail,” the GoFundMe post stated. “We rushed Nugget to the emergency room and he has brain damage and will now have a hard time walking, he has a bleeding hemorrhage on his kidney caused from internal bleeding from being kicked, clots in his bladder, and he is currently in an oxygen tank.”
The GoFundMe page had raised more than $4,400 as of Monday morning.
“My heart is absolutely broken for [Nugget] and I just want my baby to be okay and to stop animal cruelty,” the cat’s owner added in the fundraiser post. “I think it’s ridiculous I am having to make this but this is what it has come to.”
Beasley appeared in eight games for Tennessee in 2020, mostly on special teams and as a reserve linebacker, but the Georgia native is projected to be a potential starter in 2021.
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