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 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. TexasAlum

    As a parent of a TCU student, I am saddened, but not shocked by these arrests. What bothers me most is the arrogance of the students who beieve they are above the rest, "62 failed, what are they going to do?" How dare they! They believed that they could get away with such acts. Do we all condone this behavior because these boys are football players? I don't think so. I don't pay the money I do for my child to consort with criminals.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • tokencode

      You're naive if you don't know that ever college in the country has drugs on campus and drug dealers. If you send your kid to college at all, or even let them out in society you're allowing them to "consort with criminals". The only thing special about this case is that it had something to do with football in texas otherwise it would have never made the news.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • PM Ohio

      Drugs are on every campus in the US. You can't home school your adult kids for college. They have to go out in the awful real world some day. You have to teach them righ tfrom wrong and hope they make good choices. Don't condemn the school for something a few individuals chose to do. i certainly hope your kids never make a bad choice or a mistake.

      February 16, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • davidk

      I am saddened by this event whether these kids are TCU students or 'brothers' hanging down at Stop Six. These kids are nothing but small time users only selling to their buddies and using themselves. They are not criminals. This is going on in every community, neighborhood, school, and workplace in this country. Why isn't law enforcement trying to catch Mr. Millionaire big mover organized crime syndicate that brings all these drugs into communities? What a waste of resources! Sorry, this may make headlines in Podunk FW but there's no cost benefit. That's the inefficiency of the 'War on Drugs'. Trillions$$$$ wasted putting only small time users in prison, turning potential working members of society into criminals.

      February 16, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • weedman420

      i'm glad people like you are slowly dying off and being replaced with people like me, i wish it were faster,

      February 16, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • JamesT

      davidk – These drug dealers were not caught selling to their friends, they sold to undercover officers. That means they most likely sold to anyone who had the money whether they knew them or not.
      Also, do you not realize the one of the only ways they can get the 'big mover' is by turning the people they bust on the street. Law enforcement knows they need to go up the 'food chain' but too many times dealers like this that are busted won't cooperate.

      February 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JB

    I agree with an above poster. The only waste of time and money here was an 18 month investigation on kids dealing pot or drugs.
    Regulate that crap and quit ruining peoples lives for stuff the rest of the country would prefer to be legal or at the very least free up cops time to solve real crime like murder instead of pot dealing.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Teresa

      Can you just imagine the tax base it would create to legalize many of these "recreation" drugs. Most are no more harmful than alcohol or tobacco. Then there would be the freed up jail space and law enforcement officials time and energy. It's a win all around. If it's legal it creates JOBS not criminals. Just a thought

      February 16, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. ATX

    The problem is the law, not the plant. Most of this is marijuana related. The Po-pos were asking for other drugs, which is essentially entrapment.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. PM Ohio

    Just trying to keep up with the rest of the SEC...

    February 16, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. roye

    So this explains the gpa's

    February 16, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. bubba

    LOL......... this will just go away........ as Mummy and Daddy's money will make everything better.........................

    February 16, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. weedman420

    why do everybody hate drugs so much, particularly weed. Is it really any of your business what other people do in the privacy of their residence

    February 16, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • weedman420

      as long as your not committing heinous acts of violence of course

      February 16, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. victoriousinjc

    Reblogged this on victoriousinJC and commented:
    christian university??

    February 16, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. weedman420

    where in the bible does it say to not smoke herb

    February 16, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. Horned Frog

    rest assure....Bobby Brown is financing this operation.....I tell you people Bobby is not clean!

    February 16, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. SPENT

    They were molested by a coach and the same coach hooked em' up just to keep em quiet.

    February 16, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dan

    According to a statement made by one of the players involved only perhaps 20 members of the TCU football roster would pass the surprise drug test performed on Feb 1st.

    February 16, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. ted

    Ithey were probably black students.

    February 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • tim

      Sorry. But they were not all Black. Please learn to read and or comprehend before jumping to conclusions and posting idiotic remarks. By the way, your ignorance is showing. Well actually, your stupidity as well.

      February 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ted

    some folks say that smokin herb is a crime
    if they catch you smoking their bound to drop the dime!

    February 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dan

    These kids didn't simply share pot with their friends. Secondly, these are not small time users, these kids are dealers – big difference in my opinion. They sold hard drugs (cocaine and other types) to undercover cops. Who's to say that they woudn't have sold these drugs to younger kids in a playground somewhere? I do not happen to think that this is case that proponents of decriminalization should be hanging their hats on....

    February 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Actually if you look at the affadavits, the football players only sold marijuana, and less than a 1/4 ounce. This is a non-story. If you look at any college campus in America, there are drugs present with students selling them.

      February 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • SChris

      Lets relax, this is just simply a case of some college kids trying to make some extra money as the NCAA doesn't allow you to get paid and football prevents these kids from having a job. They aren't going to be going to playgrounds and corrupting high school kids. I promise you they were just selling it to other students and these university police had nothing better to do with their time. 1/4 ounce of marijuana is nothing, thats like 90 bucks. I'd much rather have college kids selling drugs to support their living than gang members dealing them to support their criminal habits. These are good kids that just made a mistake.

      February 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kana

      @SChris "I'd much rather have college kids selling drugs to support their living than gang members dealing them to support their criminal habits. "

      Where do you suppose the got the drugs to sell in the first place? A 1/4 oz may not be a lot for a single offense, but several sales over a period of time add up.

      February 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • S&MAN

      @SChris. Selling drugs is NOT a legitimate or honest way to make a living. If you need money, get a job flipping burgers, in retail, or some other job that you know you are not going to be at for long. Just something to make a few extra $$$$. Lord knows how many college students take part time jobs for a few extra bucks. It's no big deal. But when you start dabbling in cocaine, ecstacy, prescription drugs, etc., you are just asking for trouble. And to make matters worse, being on the football team at a school such as TCU automatically puts you in the spotlight, so to speak. In addition, they are at a CHRISTIAN school. This goes deeper than just a few kids making a little mistake. It almost sounds like you may have some ties to or possibly be an alum of TCU. Regardless, these kids NEED to be held responsible for their actions.

      February 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
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