Twenty-four hours after Full Court broke the story about Jannah Tucker being the victim of domestic violence at the hand of her former boyfriend Joshua Gerard, the teen is now speaking out about the incident(s). Tucker, who had previously committed to play for the University of Tennessee, but did not report to campus, released the following statement through Blue Star Media, the parent organization of her AAU program, the Philadelphia Belles.
Jannah Tucker Statement:
"First, I would like to start off by thanking everyone for all of the love and support that I've gotten over the past week. It is genuinely appreciated and has helped me to find my strength through all of the adversity. I know that there were numerous rumors circulating about what happened and I want to clear that up now.
I am a victim of domestic violence including both verbal and physical abuse.
There were many incidents of physical abuse this past summer with the last occurring on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. I was badly beaten and had several injuries. However, I was never in critical condition nor was I admitted to the hospital.
On September 25th, the police arrested Josh Gerard and charged him with second degree assault. The following day, the 26th, I got an emergency temporary protective order against the offender. That order was amended October 3rd becoming a permanent protective order which will be in effect for one year.
The reason I've been silent is because this experience has been deeply troubling and a very personal issue for not only myself, but my family as well. Sharing these details is important because I want to bring awareness to just how serious of an issue this is and can become.
I hope that people will understand why my privacy is so critical and important to me. I want what happened to me to inspire other girls to find their own voice and strength. I am not speaking out of spite or looking for revenge. My interest is to help others recognize and prevent domestic violence.
Thank you again for all the tremendous support and encouragement."
Jannah Tucker October 4th, 2013
Source: Blue Star Media