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. Portland tony

    Let's all see how this plays out. Cops and DA's like to announce big crimes to justify budgets etc. If this turns out to be your typical college campus drug connection rest assured that all students at TCU are not running around stoned all the time. The big concern should be about the highly addictive drugs like oxycontin etc..Not the party drugs you can find anywhere.

    February 16, 2012 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
    • crabman

      oh so that makes it ok -–

      February 16, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Fort

      Do you go to TCU? There is a big drug problem on campus. Stick to commenting on what you know.

      February 16, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • razzi

      Uh, cocaine, prescription rx, ecstasy etc. are more than just party drugs – they are highly addictive and have caused our society much money and violence.

      February 16, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • tyceson joules davis (boston/atl/mia)

      these kids are more victims/casualties of the drug war. they were going to school to be productive members of society, but at least some will likely become worse criminals in jail.

      the drug war is designed to put nonviolent members of society in jail for profit. make no mistake that our jails are now fuller than ever, totally as a result of nonviolent marijuana offenders. it is for the money. the police departments fund themselves off seizures, and the prison-industrial complex's profits soar for every inmate incarcerated. there is an entire economy to fuel based on the drug war. its evil, and amoral. when will america do something to protect our children? will they not stop until everybody is locked up?? marijuana is not even as harmful as alcohol.

      February 16, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • jp_

      @tyceson... creative remarks but these students were not just smoking dope. These guys were heavy hitters (cocaine, Ecstasy, acid and prescription medicine..."). @Portland Tony ... these are obviously more than just a few party drugs.

      February 16, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Stucken A. Box

      Mr. Tony this is the internet. You are not to wait for facts but instead judge everything on how you feel. Come on. It's fun.

      February 16, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      "Do you go to TCU? There is a big drug problem there, stick to something you know"

      Dude, its a college, there is a drug problem on every college campus and TCU is absolutely no different. The actual players were only popped for herb, and these investigations get publicity simply because the athletes were involved. Otherwise, 18 ppl getting busted for drugs? Not that big of a deal. 18 people. That is like nothing. I don't care that it was blow, etc. Where there is college, there is drugs. Hand in hand.

      February 16, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • themateo

      @JP_ Actually, most aren't heavy hitters as you called them. Most are being charged for marijuana (a couple also for pills). Only one of the 17 arrested is currently being charged for other drugs like cocaine and X.

      February 16, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Lauren

      @Fort
      I graduated from TCU a couple of years ago. I never came across drugs or anyone who did them. Not saying the problem doesn't exist, but YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME if you think everyone @ TCU does drugs or the problem is that significant. REALLY.

      February 16, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. sick n tired

    And all of these over privaleged kids will get nothing more than a slap on the wrist because mommy and daddy can afford to buy justice for their spoiled brats. This is just one of the glaring problems with our so called "justice" system. Life, Liberty, and Justice.....for those who can afford it.

    February 16, 2012 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      That's why I suggested lets get all the facts first. Kids who have money don't need to deliver drugs for pocket change. They party with the drugs! Not every student has a parent rolling in cash. Some mortgage their homes etc, take out loans, to help pay

      February 16, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • TRUST_ME_I_KNOW

      @JP Do you even know what heavy hitters refers too in the drug game. Please stop commenting on things you clearly have't a clue about. Go back to watching your TV shows and pointed your fingers and saying to your family look those are the bad people. These are kids that were caught up in a bad situation, sentensing them to jail will not clear up the drug issues going on at TSU what so ever. The cops are just going to get a slap on the butt for doing their job. While the real kingpins laugh and control all the politcs and officers. Its ashame really pay these athletes some money maybe this wouldnt happen

      February 16, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff

    18 were arrested. But, only the football players were named! How fair is that?

    February 16, 2012 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Admonkey

      People get arrested all the time for hand-to-hand drug transactions made to undercover police officers; that isn't unusual, it isn't news.

      What IS unusual– what makes it news– is when members of a nationally-ranked NCAA football team get arrested for selling drugs to undercover officers.

      How many people do you think were arrested yesterday for selling drugs to undercover agents in the US yesterday? See their names printed anywhere on this site? No? It isn't news.

      Fair doesn't enter into the equation. It's a matter of being newsworthy or not.

      February 16, 2012 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • themateo

      All students that were arrested were named when their warrants were made public yesterday at 11am.

      February 16, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Lauren

      As themateo said, all students arrested have been named. This is only CNN's decision. TCU 360's website has a list of all students that were arrested.

      February 16, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    Aw, c'mon now, these kids are just doin' what feels good and all they need is a little advice and guidance, that's all. Dealing? No such thing...just providing a needed friendly service to these budding young schollars and young politicians is all. These cops need to be doing something way more important anyway...maybe set up another Neighborhood Watch Program somewhere to snitch on neighbors, etc or write some much-needed, revenue producing parking tickets.

    February 16, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. JAB62

    No way! Christians being hypocrits? Isn't the body a temple? I'm pretty sure it's not what Jesus would do. What are they teaching those kids? Oh well, just go to confession op get reborn and it will be all better right? Maybe they don't pray enough. TCU actually sounds like every other college now doesn't it? Surprise!

    February 16, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Swimmer

      JAB62, you think because the school has Christian in its name that everyone there is supposed to be a devout Christian? I'm not even familiar with the place but I can bet it welcomes people from a range of faiths. Various religions helped found colleges and universities, so their name is on the sign out front and maybe they have some limited focus. Your comment bothers me since you're basically judging and stereotyping the student body.

      February 16, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Swimmer

      And furthermore, you sound like an anti-religious bigot. I myself am an atheist and yet I get very irritated when I read stupid anti-religion comments like yours. Find some tolerance brother!

      February 16, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Just because you go to a Christian Acadamy doesn't mean you are a Christian!!!!!

      February 16, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • themateo

      To add on to what Swimmer said, TCU is not operated or governed by any religious organization. It has a loose affiliation with Disciples of Christ, but by no means is operated by any religious body. Students at TCU are only required to take one religious class, which doesn't even have to be about Christianity. TCU is just the name, as it has been since the early 1900's, and does not require you to be Christian to attend.

      February 16, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. JAB62

    I'm not your bro and I am anti-religious. Deal with it.

    February 16, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Swimmer

      You're not anti-religious, you just write that way on CNN.com
      You deal with it.

      February 16, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Plug1

    Good Christian boys selling drug...the usual suspects.

    February 16, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. Drug Doctors

    Not to mention MD'S prescribing "caution: causes weight gain" drugs for personal profit rather than for health. Our nationwide obesity problem began when these drugs hit our shores.

    February 16, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. anon420

    instead of playing wanna be scarface these kids should be focusing on football or it's back to the ghetto they go.

    February 16, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • MsB

      anon420, are you assuming that the kids arrested were black?

      February 16, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • vatoloke

      Kids? Since when is a 21 year old considered a kid? The 4 names mentioned in the article are all 21. Not "kids" anymore.

      February 16, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. Drug Doctors

    ...as if only pagams abuse pharmaceuticals. Every "good Christian" knows not to do drugs unless the governmment makes them legal.

    February 16, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. shut_up

    What are the names of the 14 that were not mentioned??

    February 16, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Phil

    Why is that white guy in the picture?

    February 16, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • vatoloke

      Becasue the "white" guy happens to be one of the 14. Did you read the article? Or photo's by-line?

      February 16, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • themateo

      That's Tanner Brock, one of TCU's top defensive players, who was one of the 17 arrested. He's the most high profile of the students that are charged.

      February 16, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. JoeCamel

    More victims in "the war on drugs" 18 more people that not only won't get an education, but that I now get to pay for their room and board, not to mention all the tax dollars wasted on a huge undercover operation. What a wast. Decriminalize drugs NOW!

    February 16, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • jem morgue

      Aside from the grammatical and spelling errors, I concur! decriminalization with a hundred dollar fine and no strike limit. always got a bag on me, and would gladly give up a couple hundred a year to smoke without such severe prosecution. even as it should be 100% legal. but god forbid we make the cotton and paper industries have to change. farkin Hearst.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Houston

      Eighteen more punks who weren't there to get an education anyway. They're more likely there
      to get on the path to NFL money, fame and glory. Take their scholarships away, kick 'em out of
      school (most of 'em can barely read anyway) and send 'em home to their Mammas...

      February 16, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bob the Janitor

    Several points to make:

    1. Not every student at a Christian university is a Christian. If you want to see a hypocrite, look in the mirror. The only difference between you and a Christian is that a Christian makes a deliberate effort to be a better person.

    2. The were not kids, they were by legal definition adults. They made big-boy decisions and will have to the pay big boy penalty for breaking the rules. Bottom line – if you enjoy your freedom, don't break the rules.

    3. Sending people to prison is not about making a profit. It's about paying a price for the bad decisions you make in life. Once again, if you enjoy your freedom, don't break the rules.

    4. Finally, these young men are not necessarily rich or have a mommy or daddy (or both) to get them out of trouble. People who go to university come from a wide range of backgrounds including broken homes and on scholarships which could be academic or athletic. Before you cast the first stone about who they are, do your research.

    Each and every one of you who have made these comments have one thing in common – ignorance. Do the world a favor and educate yourselves before you try to sell the rest of us something you know nothing about.

    February 16, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • JoeCamel

      1) Putting people in jail for using drugs is counter productive, it doesn't accomplish anything. No one is hurting anyone but themselves by doing drugs. Take the money spent on the undercover operation, and the incarceration and start a drug education/counseling program on campus.
      2) Stop wasting my tax dollars chasing around pot heads, and putting them in Jail.
      3)Decriminalize all drugs, start taxing and regulating the, instead, just like alcohol and tobacco.

      February 16, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Houston

      Joe Camel, take your Ron Paul nonsense out of here. You do the crime, you do the time...plain as that.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • SChris

      Totally, because only christians make efforts to become better people. The only difference between you and a normal person is that you're ignorant and clearly thing followers of your faith are more morale and better than other people. Plenty of bad christians out there, also plenty of hard working jews, mormons, atheists, etc. Maybe start bettering yourself by getting off your high horse and realizing your religion doesn't make you a better person than other people.

      February 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TRUST_ME_I_KNOW

    @JP Do you even know what heavy hitters refers too in the drug game. Please stop commenting on things you clearly have't a clue about. Go back to watching your TV shows and pointed your fingers and saying to your family look those are the bad people. These are kids that were caught up in a bad situation, sentensing them to jail will not clear up the drug issues going on at TSU what so ever. The cops are just going to get a slap on the butt for doing their job. While the real kingpins laugh and control all the politcs and officers. Its ashame really pay these athletes some money maybe this wouldnt happen!

    February 16, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Houston

      "...sentensing them to jail will not clear up the drug issues going on at TSU what so ever." Trust YOU???
      Why trust you when you can't tell the difference between TCU and TSU? TSU is in Houston, fool. TCU
      is only a few hundred miles north of here in the Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex. Texas Southern University
      has problems of its own without blaming TCU's drug fiasco on them.
      And pay 'em to play??? Get real!!

      February 16, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
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