TCU football players among 15 students accused of drug dealing
TCU linebacker Tanner Brock was the team's leading tackler in 2010 before sitting out most of 2011.
February 15th, 2012
08:33 PM ET

TCU football players among 15 students accused of drug dealing

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this report included a photo that showed two football players. Player number 59 was not among those accused of drug dealing by police. We regret the error.

[Updated at 11:08 a.m. ET Thursday] Fifteen Texas Christian University students, including four members of its Top 25 football team, were arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of selling drugs, the school and police said.

The football players include two defensive starters for last season's squad, which was No. 14 in the final Associated Press poll, plus a junior linebacker who sat out most of 2011 with an injury but was the team's leading tackler in 2010.

The 15 illegally sold marijuana or other drugs, including cocaine, Ecstasy, acid and prescription medicine, to undercover officers during a six-month investigation launched after authorities received complaints about drug activity, TCU Police Chief Steve McGee told reporters Wednesday.

"There is no doubt that all of those arrested today are drug dealers," said McGee, who added that the selling happened on and off the Fort Worth campus. "These individuals engaged in hand-to-hand delivery for money with undercover agents."

School officials said TCU has banned the students from campus, class and school activities, pending the outcome of their cases. TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini said a vice chancellor will "determine what is going to happen to those students, following this."

"What they did, to be honest, is simply unacceptable. This behavior, when reported, is never tolerated at our university," Boschini said at a news conference with McGee and other officials.

An investigation by university and city police continues, and more arrests could come, Boschini said.

The 15 students were among 19 people for whom arrest warrants were issued as part of the probe, Fort Worth police and TCU said late Wednesday. Eighteen of the 19 were arrested Wednesday. Earlier, the school said 17 students were arrested, but "upon further examination of student records, it appears that 15 were students this semester and four were not," TCU spokeswoman Lisa Albert said.

The four football players - junior linebacker Tanner Brock, 21; junior defensive tackle D.J. Yendrey, 20; junior safety Devin Johnson, 21; and sophomore offensive tackle Ty Horn, 21 - were arrested on preliminary charges of delivery of marijuana. Johnson and Brock face felonies, according to arrest warrants released by the Fort Worth Police Department.

Other arrestees face preliminary charges of felony or misdemeanor charges of delivery of marijuana or delivery of a controlled substance, according to Fort Worth police.

The students operated in several groups, and it's not clear whether those groups were connected, a Fort Worth police officer said at the news conference.

Albert said the students' ban from class and activities will remain until the cases are adjudicated. After the judicial process determines whether they are guilty, they "can face a disciplinary process on campus which could result in expulsion," Albert said.

The ban on extracurricular activities includes intercollegiate athletics, Albert said. The four arrested football players were not on the team's online roster Wednesday afternoon.

Head coach Gary Patterson said he was shocked, hurt and then mad after he heard of the arrests Wednesday morning.

"Under my watch, drugs and drug use by TCU's student-athletes will not be tolerated by me or any member of my coaching staff. Period," Patterson said on the school's athletics website. "Our program is respected nationally for its strong ethics, and for that reason the players arrested today were separated from TCU by the university. I believe strongly that young people's lives are more important than wins or losses."

TCU Athletic Director Chris Del Conte said he "will not tolerate behavior that reflects poorly on TCU, the athletics department, our teams or other student-athletes within the department."

"We have an excellent athletics program at TCU, and an indicator of that excellence is the fact that we will not tolerate criminal conduct among our student-athletes," Del Conte said in his online statement.

The arrests come months before the football team, coming off an 11-2 season, prepares to start its first year in the Big 12 conference.

Brock, the linebacker, was an SI.com honorable-mention All-American after leading the Horned Frogs in tackles and fumble recoveries as a sophomore in 2010. But he was limited to one game as a junior, sitting out most of the season with an injured foot.

Johnson, the safety, started eight games in 2011, recording 47 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Yendrey, the defensive tackle, played in every game this past season and was an honorable-mention All-Mountain West Conference selection, recording three sacks and 39 tackles.

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  1. hamsta

    note that the players where "accused".i have been accused of a lot of things but that doesnt mean i actually did anything.the world is full of hateful people that will "accuse" others just to abring them down to their level of underacheivement.

    February 15, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • creatonx

      They are "accused" as is the legal term for someone who has not yet been through trial, but had you read the affidavit as I have read them all, it is no doubt that they are guilty. Each party mentioned clearly dealt marijuana or other drugs DIRECTLY to an undercover officer who positively ID'd them. A case doesn't get much more solid.

      February 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voice of Reason

      Right, they're just being"accused" because the cops don't like them. I know... I bet the cop in charge is a Texas tech grad or UT, yeah that's it. They were just innocently skipping on their way to class when an undercover cop pulled up and arrested them for NO REASON!

      Keep smokin' that crack, maybe YOU can believe your won gibberish that way

      February 15, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • SChris

      They are obviously innocent till proven guilty, but if you sell drugs to an undo its pretty safe to assume your gonna be charged. Most campus police are either people that went to that college and dropped out to become a cop, or people that are just starting their career. Either way I don't approve of cops going after college students that are going to school to get an education and better themselves. The bad apples will drop out of school, the people that want to do drugs will do drugs. Coming from someone that went to San Diego State as our school had a massive drug bust a few years back, I can tell you it has made no difference whatsoever and only made our school look bad.

      February 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lovethedifferentcommentsystemsCNN

    legalize them!

    February 15, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. OldScribe2010

    There's no such thing as innocent until proven guilty. You get charged, you're condemned. Period.

    February 15, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    for every seventeen, there's a hundred more. the tale of the rousing success of the war on drugs.

    February 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    @hamsta: i bet a few times, you *did* do it.. we've all been there..

    February 15, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mongopoo

    Love it, more Christian values.

    February 15, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gordon

      I'm sure they weren't real christians!

      February 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    Sounds to me like future NFL players

    February 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • chip

      Small-time operation compared to the NFL.

      February 15, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Patrick Murphy

    wow, he sold a couple half ounces of weed what a horrible person. I'm pretty sure a real drug dealer would know where to get xanax, besides some girl that probably gets the perscribed to her.. lmao.. pigs are funny. people that take this "crime" seriously are just stupid and brainwashed...

    February 15, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voice of Reason

      "a couple of half ounces of weed" Yeah ok. If you believe that's all they sold maybe you should put your own joints down for a while, because you clearly must be stoned. I am still amazed that in this day and age you potheads are still dumb enought o think you are going to ever make it legal. Just shows you how badly the drug kills brain cells.

      These are not only bad people – they blatantly broke laws everyone knows about, but these idiots might as well be committing suicide. Good-bye NFL dreams, goodbye free education from a top university... hello Texas criminal justice system, hello Bubba in the next cell. That's what happens when you take low-life's into a scholarship program who don't deserve to be there, disregarding their grades and intelligence just because they can run a 4.4 40 or knock an opponent off his feet. I hope they rot in prison.

      February 15, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick Murphy

      You're the idiot, weed will be legalized eventually. And yeah, they probably sold more times than they got caught for... but, duhhhhh, only huge amateurs sell small amounts of weed to people they don't even know, i.e. an undercover... haha,for all the time and money that will be spent prosecuting these kids will cost more than 100X how much herb they were selling I can guarantee you that. Im not saying these kids arent stupid for risking so much for so little (i.e. a free education/NFL prospects/future jobs all worth in the 100,000s to millions VS. maybe they made a couple 1000 bucks, more likely they just got to smoke a little plant for free)... yeah theyre stupid, but the people that make these laws and morons like you that believe in them are worse. The laws are responsible for deaths and drug dealing. No laws = no profit.... No profit = no drug dealing... No drug dealing = no murders... Laws = dead people in mexico, people in jail, young kids like this making dumb decisions that hurt their lives (not ruin, I'm sure he'll be just fine in a couple years)...

      February 15, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seth

      So it clearly states : " sold marijuana or other drugs, including cocaine, Ecstasy, acid and prescription medicine". Im pretty sure thats not just a "couple half ounces of weed". And who knows where this stuff was coming from, but I would not doubt if it came from Mexican drug cartels. Most marijuana and cocaine does now, and most suppliers have no clue where it orginially came from.So if your all for funding murderer's that are crossing our border everyday, then I guess thats you right. But it my opinion, it makes YOU stupid and brainwashed.

      February 16, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • SChris

      @Seth and @VoiceofOpinion,
      So if we legalized the drug they wouldn't be getting it from murderers and they wouldn't be able to sell it in the first place if you just regulated it like alcohol. So they sold a couple controlled substances? The people that bought them were simply going to find it elsewhere if they didn't find it from the football players. These players aren't corrupting other college students, you can't save people from themselves so its not worth money to try and prevent it. Most college athletes are pretty broke, while they get college for free, they can't make money from their sport and can't have jobs due to the time commitment. Just because somebody supplies people that are going to be doing drugs anyways doesn't necessarily make them a bad people. Drugs don't kill people, drug users kill themselves.

      February 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tony

    They were selling drugs.... Whitney was taking prescriptions... There's a difference :))))

    February 15, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • SChris

      Well the prescriptions were legal, so OBVIOUSLY its different. The biggest and most dangerous drug dealers in the country, likely the world are the pharmaceutical companies in my opinion. People think its safe if it comes from a doctor. Unfortunately, I've had a couple of friends die from prescribed drugs, yet I haven't had any die from smoking illegal pot.

      February 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ron

    College students doing, and selling drugs. Shocking! Not at all like the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, etc...

    February 15, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Patrick

    College students selling drugs? This is news?

    February 15, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LMNOP

    Are they sure they weren't UGA players in disguise?

    February 15, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SurfDog

    Gotta pay that tuition somehow.

    February 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tod

    Another life wasted because of the war on drugs. However if and when prohibition will end there will be a lot of people out of work; police, undercover, informants, drug dealers, rehab centers, judges, prisons, guards, lawyers, etc. These are the people, along with drug dealers that make a living off the war on some drugs. (ie. not alcohol, tobacco or aspirin)

    February 15, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Janet

    To those of you who say "it was only marijuana" – keep in mind it's not a completely harmless substance. Inhaling the smoke still carries a chance of lung disease – miniscule as it may be (especially compared to tobacco smoking). These hooligans may well be responsible for countless respiratory-related illnesses and deaths a few decades down the line. Still think they're so "innocent"? No Christian could in good faith defend these boys.

    February 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • On my knees for God's pleasure

      "Christian could in good faith defend these boys."

      True, because that what Jesus was all about, throwing people under the bus after one 'mess-up'.

      February 15, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • On my knees for God's pleasure

      *****"No Christian could in good faith defend these boys***

      February 15, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margaret

      Agreed. God only knows all the bronchitis and coughing fits caused by these menaces. I'm just glad the Texas Rangers swooped in and felled these hopeless college kids.

      February 15, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uncle George

      knees: Jesus didn't throw anyone under the bus, but he didn't openly embrace lawbreaking either. He understood that people sinned (re: broke the laws of the land), and he forgave them; however, he did expect them to turn away from their sins. And since you made biblical references, although 2 Kings 4:41 ends with "... And there was no harm in the pot." it referred to the cooking pot, not the smokeable kind.

      February 15, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
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