A former standout basketball player at Parkview Baptist High School headed to the University of South Carolina on a scholarship was arrested early Tuesday following accusations he attacked a girlfriend twice in the past 10 months.
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies booked James Thompson, 19, 6630 Siegen Lane, Apt. 62, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated second-degree battery and domestic abuse battery.
The attacks happened Aug. 10 and June 4 after the 6-foot-9, 215-pound Thompson became “angry and jealous” over comments other men made about the victim’s pictures on her Instagram social media account, the affidavit of probable cause says.
The affidavit says Thompson and the victim lived together at Thompson’s mother’s apartment for three months in 2013, including at the time of the first attack.
The girlfriend said Thompson threw her cellphone at her on Aug. 10, causing a black eye, then kicked her while she was writhing on the ground in pain, the affidavit says.
The victim said Thompson punched her in the eye on June 4, slapped her in the face several times and threw at her whatever items he could grab, the affidavit says.
She showed deputies pictures of her injuries, which were submitted into evidence, the affidavit says.
When questioned, Thompson admitted to throwing the cellphone at her Aug. 10, but denied hitting her June 4, saying it was only a verbal altercation, the affidavit says.
Listed as Louisiana’s No. 2 recruit for 2014, Thompson was a three-time All-Metro selection and twice earned all-state honors from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Thompson signed with South Carolina in late May after also considering Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and LSU. It was not known what effect his arrest might have on the University of South Carolina scholarship.
South Carolina Associate Media Relations Director Emily Feeney issued the following statement: “We are aware of the serious charges regarding James Thompson and are gathering more information. We will have no further comment at this time.”
Don Green, who coached Thompson for three seasons at Parkview Baptist, also declined comment other than to note, “I can’t comment because I don’t know anything other than what I have read. I haven’t talked to James yet. I’m still in fact-finding mode.”
Reporter Dave Cloninger of The State, the newspaper located in Columbia, South Carolina, said he also has received limited feedback from South Carolina officials.
“I think they’re being very careful,” Cloninger said. “They want to make sure they have all the facts and information before doing or saying anything.”
Advocate sports writer Robin Fambrough contributed to this report. Follow Ryan Broussard on Twitter, @ryan mbroussard