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. wow

    LEGALIZE! the weed, anyway.

    February 15, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • CaliforniaCory

      Better yet kids. Just move out of that jesus freak school and come to CA where we don't sweat little things like this.

      February 16, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Houston

      TCU is NOT a "jesus freak" school. There is no requirement at TCU for anyone to be of ANY specific
      religious faith. Apparently there's no requirement in California NOT to be a pothead or a drug pusher
      or a junkie of any particular persuasion either. You're welcome to 'em al,l Califool.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Paulo

    Sounds like a perfect recruiting opportunity for University of Miami. Just their kind of kids!

    February 15, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. On my knees for God's pleasure

    We all know Jesus would be smoking it too if he had it around in that area back then.

    It would have connected him to his dad or something like that and make everyone peaceful.

    February 15, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • SparklePlenty

      yo-God put here as well as peyote. Keep the faith!

      February 15, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marine5484

      Trust me they smoke the crap out of the sticky stuff in the mid-east. I remember we did a raid on a house that was building IED's and there were rooms filled from top to bottom with the stuff.

      February 16, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. SparklePlenty

    yo-God did put it here as well as peyote. Keep the faith!

    February 15, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Douglas Fihr

    what a sad country we live in where this is national news. christian college kids selling pot? heaven forbid.

    February 15, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lauren

      It isn't news because they are Christian. It is news because they are football players. But tbh, that football team has seen much, much worse.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. Superman

    Driving that train, high on cocain, casey jones you better watch your speed, trouble ahead , trouble behind, dont you know that notion, just crossed my mind, do do do do do do do do.

    February 15, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Terry

    Wow, a faith-based dealer system. I can hear the recruiter now, "We go to a bowl game almost every year, and you will learn the benefits of hydroponics for highly enriched medicinal weed growth". If you are not drafted into the NFL, you can purchase one of our distribution franchises in an NFL City of your choice. Onward Christian Dealers, marching for the cause......

    February 15, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ken

    Drug sellers should be imprisoned for life! Hundreds of thousands of people, kids, die every year because of drug users!

    February 15, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Bitpyr8

      I guess you've never hear of all the deaths caused by alcohol and tobacco? Your 'estimate' of the annual deaths is off by at least an order of magnitude. You should feel free to use facts in your arguments, but you should control your impulse to make up your own facts. Finally, the increasingly tougher penalties for drug dealing haven't worked for 40 years, what makes you think that getting even tougher can change what hasn't in 4 decades?

      February 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nophah Kingweigh

      k

      February 16, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. AMERICA 1st

    Send all 17 of em to that honduran alcatraz. Theyd have a hot time there! LMAO

    February 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hamsta

    @leeintulsa anything im guilty of i openly admit.unlike most people i possess something called morals.whats right is right and whats wrong is wrong.im not a mean and hateful person like some of you think.i will give anyone the shirt off my back but disrespect me and you can keep the shirt but i wont be there to give you another.what comes around goes around.i have dealt with a lot of hateful people.be forewarned wrong me and you are messing with gods people.i wont lay a finger on you.instead i will turn my back on you and say father forgive them for they know not what they do.funny thing is until they themselves ask for gods forgiveness the misery they put on me comes back on them ten fold.i have converted many atheists this way.but dont bother asking me to attend your church.you wont find god in church.church is corrupt and evil.

    February 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      k

      February 15, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Locke

      hamsta-Do us a favor and learn to type. It will make your posts easier to read if you use punctuation and capitalization. Thanks.

      February 16, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • vatoloke

      Have you admitted that you are guilty of butchering correct punctuation, spelling, and correct sentence structure?

      February 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. thumpz

    Drugs should be legalized and then controlled and taxed by the government. Drug addiction should then be treated just like Alcoholism – it's a sickness not a crime. Use the money that would have been spent in housing inmates on drug programs and prevention. Drugs have already been decriminalized in Portugal and it's been a success. Drug usage is way down in every drug category. Prisons are not being crowded by drug users. More people are enrolled in drug programs than ever before. Five years now and drug use has been cut in half. It's all FACT – go read the article in Time magazine. It's time America.

    February 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zhuber

      Thumpz you couldn't be more wrong about Portugal. I live there a few months a year and I beg to differ with the Time article. While I have no way of contradicting their numerical facts and percentages I certainly call tell you that the quality of life is way down and crime is up. For the article to say "Judging by every metric, decriminalization in Portugal has been a resounding success," well they missed a few metrics. There are junked up people all over the street and people stealing for drug money has overwhelmed some small towns. You never saw that 10 years ago. See the elephant in the room about Portugal's legalization is that they didn't make the drugs free. Someone with a pretty good heroin addiction still needs about 200 USD a day. Heroin addicted people don't hold jobs very well. A lot of Ports feel that the government got this one wrong. The guy who stole their car and is wasted on their front stoop shows it.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. planetjavaleo

    Legalize drugs will end all the misery, if we legalize the addicts can go to doctors so the public will not foot the bill anymore. Plus drug prices will go down 3000% so there will be no crime, if we provide contraception why on earth don't we provide drugs or prescritptions for everyone???????????? It's silly really, we can fund alot of good medical care by legalizing it. BUT THERE'S ONE PROBLEM, CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS ALL OVER THE WORLD WILL LOSE THEIR ILLEGAL BUSINESS!!!!!!!

    America has 4 Million people in jails or prisons, almost 3 million are for petty drug offences!!!!!! That is stupid, it's a drain on the economy!!!! SEND THEM TO DOCTORS GET TREATMENT FOR THE ADDICTS AND ALL THE WHILE IT WILL RAISE TRILLIONIS OF DOLLARS IN NEW TAX REVENURS!!!!!

    February 16, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. ren

    you have to understand, as long as there is money to be made selling it, it will be sold. And as long as there i money to be made by trying to stop it, this will be a never-ending situation. Don't kid yourself, its really all about the money, all the way around

    February 16, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mike H

    Land of the free? Drug use? Illegal. Prostitution? Illegal. Gambling? Illegal in most places. Alcohol? Illegal for those under 21. Handguns, assault rifles, and sending 18 to 20 year olds to war to fight for the interests of the wealthy? Perfectly legal.... As for TCU, it's simply their turn. This goes on but we like to pretend otherwise.

    February 16, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rick Springfield

    Remember SMU's football death penalty? I do. They were dealing in drugs, running prostitution, and committing a myriad of crimes. The NCAA gave them a 1-year total death penalty from college football. Texas religious schools do know how to party, and party hearty.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Lauren

      Yes they do.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
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