Tennessee Vols LB Under Investigation For Allegedly Abusing 6-Month-Old Kitten

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WBIR NBC Channel 10 in Knoxville is reporting that a Tennessee linebacker is under investigation for allegedly abusing a cat.

The player at the center of the probe is Aaron Beasley, who is coming off his sophomore season at the program. WBIR’s report states that a Knoxville Police Department spokesperson confirmed the department received a report that the linebacker had abused another student’s cat.

The cat’s owner has a GoFundMe page raising money for medical costs.

From WBIR:

“According to a GoFundMe, the cat’s owner said she was in the process of moving when she came home and found her 6-month-old kitten hiding under a dresser. She said the kitten could not walk and screamed when it was picked up, according to the GoFundMe.

She said she later learned that her roommate’s boyfriend had abused it. It is not clear from the post how she learned this information.

The kitten was brought to an emergency room with brain damage and is expected to have difficulty walking, according to the GoFundMe page. It also has a bleeding hemorrhage in its kidney after being kicked, the owner said, and that it was placed in an oxygen tank.

“My heart is absolutely broken for him and I just want my baby to be okay and to stop animal cruelty,” the organizer of the fundraiser said on the GoFundMe page. “I think it’s ridiculous I am having to make this but this is what it has come to.”

It raised more than $2,000 as of Saturday afternoon.”

Beasley has not yet been charged with any crime as the incident is under investigation.