UPDATE: The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) has removed Jeremiah Jackson from the list of Mr. Football finalists on the TSSAA website.
TSSAA’s Executive Director Bernard Childress who confirmed Jackson has been removed from Mr Football consideration “in light of a Nov 17th incident that was brought to their attention.”
“It’s not left up to use to determine guilt or innocence in this type situation, but because of a report we received about an incident that happened involving Mr. Jackson, he has been removed from consideration for Mr. Football,” said Childress.
Since the incident in question was not “on the field of play”, TSSAA has no jurisdiction to take any further action such as suspension or other matters from team.
PREVIOUS STORY: Ooltewah High School Linebacker and Mr. Football Finalist Jeremiah Jackson was arrested Tuesday night and charged with one count of domestic assault.
According to court documents obtained by Channel 3, Jackson's ex-girlfriend says he slapped her in the mouth at an Ooltewah basketball game on Tuesday night. She told police Jackson hit her because he was upset she was sitting with another guy.
The affidavit, filed in Hamilton County General Sessions Court, also says Jackson left the scene and returned when he was notified police were called.
Jackson told police he was upset because his ex-girlfriend was sitting with someone else and that when the two were talking she became upset. He told officers he put his hand out to tell her to back away from him and he may have made contact with her. He went on to say he did not hit her maliciously.
Officers noted how respectful Jackson was during the interview process.
Jackson was released on a $500 bond and is due in court on November 25.
Channel . 3 spoke with Ooltewah Principal Jim Jarvis who says discipline with any student can only be discussed with the students parents or guardians.
The Owls host Rhea County in the TSSAA 5A Quarterfinals on Friday night.