Tennessee State football player punches coach on the sideline, gets kicked off the team

Senior defensive end Latrelle Lee knocked strength coach T.J. Greenstone to the ground during Saturday’s game against Southeast Missouri.

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Tennessee State defensive end Latrelle Lee knocked strength coach T.J. Greenstone to the ground during the game against Southeast Missouri at Hale Stadium.
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Video shows Tennessee State DE Latrelle Lee punching strength coach T.J. Greenstone on the sideline Saturday. Lee has been kicked off the team.(Photo: USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee)

Tennessee State defensive end Latrelle Lee was dismissed from the team and expelled from school Saturday night after he hit Tigers head strength coach T.J. Greenstone twice in the head and knocked him to the turf on the sideline.

TSU athletics director Teresa Phillips confirmed to The Tennessean that coach Rod Reed kicked Lee, a senior from Dothan, Ala., off the team.

Lee, 22, was expelled from the university on Monday.

Latrelle Lee (Photo: TSU Athletics)

The incident occurred during the Tigers’ game against Southeast Missouri at Hale Stadium. TSU won the game 23-20.

During games, Greenstone, a former Vanderbilt football player, is charged with keeping players who aren’t in the game from getting too close to the sideline to avoid a penalty.

The Tigers offense was on the field at the time as Greenstone walked down the sideline telling players to move back if they were too close. Lee is seen in videos hitting Greenstone twice on the side of his head.

TJ. Greenstone (Photo: Tennessee State Athletics)

Greenstone falls to the ground after being punched.

Lee, 6-foot-2, 240 pounds, was majoring in criminal justice. In 2016 he made the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

He started in two games this season and six last season. He played in a total of 16 games during his freshman and sophomore seasons.

He did not play in Saturday’s game.

Lee recorded a total of 18 tackles including 3.5 for loss this season.

Greenstone, who played defensive tackle at Vanderbilt (2007-2011), is in his fourth season at TSU. He was named the program’s coordinator of strength and conditioning in August 2016 after spending two years as the assistant coordinator.

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