Ex-Tennessee football player Jeremy Banks has finally broken his silence after getting kicked off the team last month ... posting a picture with local police officers and apologizing for his "mistake."
Of course, 20-year-old Banks went on an anti-police rant captured on video while being arrested back in September -- saying, "Where I'm from, we shoot at cops."
He also made comments like "Y'all police are some p*****s, bro. Real s**t, I don't f**k with y'all."
Tennesse stuck with Banks after the video came out -- but cut him from the team days later when TMZ Sports learned the linebacker had made violent threats at a female student in August.
Banks had been radio silent up until last week when he posted an apology on Twitter.
"That night I had forgot to pray moments before, it was counted for though. FOR THE PEOPLE #ThanksGod," Banks tweeted, alongside a pic with what appears to be members of the Knoxville Police Department.
"I’m truly sorry for my mistake & I really appreciate everyone that’s rocking with me..."
Banks is still currently enrolled at UT ... but has not been a part of the team since his dismissal last month.
Besides some tremendously stupid decisions off-the-field, the 20-year-old is immensely talented ... and played both offense and defense for the Vols.
In other words, we've probably not seen the last of him just yet.