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Grant High alum – former NFL player – arrested on suspicion of domestic violence

Syd’Quan Thompson, 31, played one season for the Denver Broncos before rupturing his Achilles tendon.
Syd’Quan Thompson, 31, played one season for the Denver Broncos before rupturing his Achilles tendon. Sacramento Police Department

Former Grant Union High School and UC Berkeley star Syd’Quan Thompson was arrested Sunday night in Sacramento on suspicion of domestic violence.

About 9:30 p.m., police responded to the 3900 block of Fig Street in Del Paso Heights, said Sgt. Vance Chandler, Sacramento Police Department spokesman. They found a woman with minor injuries and arrested Thompson, who had been released from Sacramento County Jail custody as of Monday.

Witnesses gave conflicting descriptions of Thompson’s relationship to the woman, Chandler said. There was no indication he was inebriated.

After graduating from Grant in 2005, Thompson went on to play cornerback at UC Berkeley before the Denver Broncos selected him in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL draft. He intercepted two passes in his rookie season but ruptured his Achilles tendon warming up before a 2011 preseason game and was released the following year.

Thompson spent the 2014 season bouncing around the Arena Football League before coming back to Grant as a defensive coach and mentor. His younger brother Shaq, another Grant alumnus, has started at linebacker for the Carolina Panthers since being taken in the first round of the 2015 draft.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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