Blotter: Skinner Faces Domestic Assault Charge

Mississippi State linebacker Deontae Skinner is facing a simple domestic assault charge after his arrest on June 5.

According to the arrest report from the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office, Skinner and his girlfriend, Jasmine Foote of Macon, were both arrested and booked on simple domestic assault charges after Foote called police to Skinner’s residence shortly after midnight. The report says Foote and Skinner both had “physical marks.” The couple has a child together, according to the report.

MSU coach Dan Mullen would not say what discipline Skinner would face. Mullen told the Journal that “we’ll let the legal process play out first, and then we’ll handle it all internally.”

Skinner, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound third-year sophomore from Macon, made seven tackles in 10 games last season and is expected to vie for significant playing time this fall. He drew praise in the spring from linebackers coach/co-defensive coordinator Geoff Collins, who likes Skinner’s size and speed.

Skinner was the second Bulldog in a week’s time to get arrested. Defensive back Dennis Thames was charged with possession of marijuana and alcohol in a motor vehicle on May 31, and he was kicked off the team for what Mullen said were multiple team rules violations. It was Thames’ second arrest in two years.

This is Skinner’s first known arrest.