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South Carolina signee James Thompson arrested for aggravated battery, domestic abuse

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James Thompson was arrested earlier this week on charges of aggravated battery and domestic abuse by battery, according to The Times-Picayune.

The 6-8 power forward from Baton Rouge was a three-star recruit in the Gamecocks 2014 class and the No. 186 overall player in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

According to the report, Thompson engaged in two separate incidents that spanned 10 months and it all started over an Instagram account.

“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 released a statement saying they are aware of the charges and are awaiting further comment as they gather more information in the matter.

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