The football offseason took another gruesome twist.

An ugly story involved a football star arrested for murder.

And you won’t believe why one football player told police he killed this man.

Virginia Tech linebacker David Etute was arrested in conjunction with the death of Jerry Paul Smith.

Etute told police he punched Smith in the face five times and stomped on him after Smith allegedly lured Etute into a sexual encounter using an online dating app where Smith pretended to be a woman. reports:

A now suspended Virginia Tech football player told police he punched a sexual partner five times in the face and stomped on him after discovering the person he thought was a woman was actually a man, according to arguments presented Wednesday in a Montgomery County courtroom.

According to the autopsy, all the bones in Blacksburg resident Jerry Paul Smith’s face were broken, his teeth were missing and he had multiple cranial fractures. The medical examiner’s office had previously revealed that Smith had died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Ismemen David Etute of Virginia Beach was arrested and charged with second-degree murder June 2 in the death of Smith, a Blacksburg restaurant worker.

College football fans should be looking forward to a 2021 season where their schools play in front of packed stadiums.

There is also the news that the conference commissioners are on the verge of expanding the College Football playoff to 12 teams.

But instead, this horrible story of a player allegedly murdering a man over a catfishing scheme is in the headlines.

Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.