Antone Davis gave “constant intimidation, bullying and mental abuse” from Tennessee coach Butch Jones as the reason for his resignation from the role as the football program’s Volunteer for Life coordinator.
Davis, a former Tennessee and NFL offensive tackle, submitted a resignation letter on Tuesday, and the letter was obtained by Jimmy Hyams, a GN writer who works for Sports Radio WNML in Knoxville.
The VFL program started in 2011 under then-coach Derek Dooley, and the goal is to help players with life skills, career development and spiritual growth. Davis was the second director of the program and in his sixth year as the coordinator.
In the letter to AD John Currie, Davis said working for Jones “has been one of the worst work experiences I have ever had.”
Davis also said his “biggest regret and fear is that I am leaving behind student-athletes and co-workers that may be subjected to the same treatment I have received.’’
Davis, 50, was an All-American offensive tackle at UT, then was selected No. 8 overall pick in the 1991 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He played seven seasons in the NFL with the Eagles and Atlanta Falcons.
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