Tennessee Vols linebacker Jeremy Banks didn’t travel with the team to Columbia on Saturday for UT’s loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks.

ESPN’s Chris Fowler said during the broadcast of the game on Saturday night that Banks’ absence wasn’t injury-related.

As you can imagine, rumors have been flying around on social media about the reasoning behind Banks’ not playing against South Carolina.

On Sunday, Banks responded to those rumors via a post on his Instagram story.

One rumor — which I’m only including here to provide context to Banks’ Instagram post — was that Banks got into an altercation with Vols quarterback Hendon Hooker at some point this week.

Banks is refuting that any sort of altercation happened.

We’ll probably never know what really happened with so many stories flying around. And to be honest, it doesn’t really matter. When you have a team with 100-plus players on the roster, stuff like this is bound to happen. Even teams that win national championships regularly have stuff like this happen from time to time.

At the end of the day, these are human beings with real emotions and lives away from football. They aren’t robots and you can’t expect them to be.

I think this is a non-story that fans shouldn’t worry about too much. Anyone who has been part of a team — even a well functioning one — has likely experienced a situation like this.

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