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Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:19 am
Edited on: February 16, 2012 11:33 am
 


Posted by Chip Patterson and Tom Fornelli

Seventeen TCU students have been arrested as a result of a six-month investigation into drug related activity on campus on Wednesday. According to police and school officials, four of those students are Horned Frog football players.

The four TCU players to be arrested as part of the sting were senior linebacker Tanner Brock, senior defensive tackle D.J. Yendrey, offensive tackle Ty Horn, and senior safety Devin Johnson.

Sources confirmed to CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman that all four players had been dismissed from the team. All but Horn were expected to start for TCU in 2012.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson released a statement through the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Wednesday.

"There are days people want to be a head football coach, but today is not one of those days," said Patterson. "As I heard the news this morning, I was first shocked, then hurt and now I’m mad.

"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. 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.

"This situation isn’t unique to TCU -- it is a global issue that we all have to address. This isn’t just about bad decisions made by a small percentage of my team. It is about a bigger issue across this country and world.

"As a coach, I do the best I can to educate members of my team. We have programs in place that teach student-athletes about what they should and shouldn’t do and how to be successful in life. I talk to them about how to be students and upstanding men that uphold the TCU name and its traditions.

"At the end of the day, though, sometimes young people make poor choices. The Horned Frogs are bigger and stronger than those involved."

According to TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr., there has never been "a magnitude of student arrests such as this" and all of those found guilty will face immediate expulsion. The chancellor issued an official statement on TCU's website.

"While this news is certainly shocking and disappointing, it is important to remember that TCU has clear expectations for its students: that they behave in an ethical manner, abide by campus policies and adhere to state and federal law," Boschini wrote.

"These students are charged with acting in a manner that is incompatible with TCU values and against the law. That is simply unacceptable and such reported behavior is not tolerated at this University."

According to TCU police, the drugs being sold included marijuana, cocaine, acid, ecstasy, and prescription drugs. Fort Worth police said the investigation is ongoing and that more students could be arrested in the campus wide crackdown.

Arrest warrant affadavits released by police included statements from Brock and Johnson made to undercover officers that indicated widespread drug use on the Horned Frogs team. Regarding a surprise February 1 drug test (reportedly demanded by Patterson after a recruit had told him he would not come to TCU over drug use concerns), Brock estimated "about 60 people" would be "screwed" while Johnson told officers "82 people failed it."

Both TCU officials and (via Twitter) other Horned Frog players vigorously denied Brock's and Johnson's statements.

Check out a video of TCU police chief Steve McGee addressing the arrests in the video below, courtesy of The Fort-Worth Star-Telegram.



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Comments

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:47 am
 

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

what sucks is that government officials are shipping in the narcotics and then the small time dealers get busted.  Jeez, why cant they just let these guys deal?



Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:37 am
 

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

Here is a great article from the Star-Telegram that can better express my opinion into the handling of this awful situation. http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/0

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Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:35 am
 

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

@ThunderDan

First off, all the people on this board who read your incessant ranting would never thank you for subjecting us to the trash that continues to flow from your mouth. If you think the trash you spew is somehow educational then I'm sure I can find some property downwind of a landfill to sell you. Actually, I do want to thank you for one thing............. and ONE THING only. You do continue to give me a good laugh every time I read one of your comments! You act as though you are far superior to everyone because you have a opinion that is based not in fact and somehow this opinion is far superior to that of everyone else. I stated my opinion this morning and all you did was to bring back some sad response about me having water between my ears as though it would offend me. We aren't on a elementary school playground and you can no longer use these types insults. They never worked back then and they don't work now. Just to inform you, cant use the "I'm rubber and your glue" argument either. Sorry to burst your bubble, but that got old about 20 years ago as well.

Now, BOY, let me teach you a thing or two! Whoa, whoa.... that was close! I'm sorry for a second I was channeling my inner ThunderDan. I must apologize to everyone else because somehow your stupidity has begun to wear off on us all!
1) About these percentages you have thrown out there to backup your argument. I hope you do realize those numbers hold no meaning to ANYTHING right now. Unless TCU, the football coaches, or FWPD come out and support those numbers then they might as well be just what they are......figures not concrete statistics!

2) About Kolby. You were number dropping based upon what two criminals mentioned, so why can't he follow your wisdom and throw around some unsubstantiated numbers by a TCU player! Looks like I'm not the only one whom you have dumbed down today!

3) About the 3rd paragraph in your response. You don't happen to live in the Ft. Worth area do you? Perhaps you have be taking a little puff yourself? Whatever it is, your reasoning/thought process is falling apart right before our eyes. So, I am going to try respond yo your garble. Gary Patterson is great and completely moronic? Hey Puff the Magic Dragon.....pick a side because I'm sure he wouldn't be both Great and Moronic at the same time. However, following your logic I could see how you draw that conclusion. You argue (let me qualify that statement.....its not much of an argument just more random musings from some "pompous ass" to quote Lionsplease) that Patterson randomly tested a randomly selected group that he wanted gone. If that is the case, then you just blew a whole in the 60% of the team theory. I don't think 60% of the team could be screwed if Patterson randomly tested a random group. By the way, let me teach you something (there I go again.....you've got to stop wearing off on me otherwise I'm going to be the next Forrest Gump, I mean ThunderDan) it is a redundant statement. If you say he randomly tested a group then you don't need the second use of the word random!

4) Thanks for the free lesson in Criminal Law. With idiots like you for teachers its a wonder why our school system hasn't fallen apart earlier. Its funny how you tried to make yourself feel smart by typing the definition of felony and misdemeanor. When in fact any other thirteen year old pimple popping pubescent could do what you just did.

Now, to everyone else out there who has half a brain. I do stand by my earlier statement today that the University should be commended for their actions. The more I am reading about the situation, the more I believe it was the staff and administration who acted honorably and asked for further investigation into the criminal activities both on and around campus. While it maybe a black eye for TCU, I know of that alot of good can come from the poor choices of a few!

Here is a great article from the Star-Telegram that can better express my opinion into the handling of this awful situation. http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/0

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Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:01 am
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Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:59 am
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Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:44 am
 

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH



Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:53 am
 

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

As an extra bonus, I'll drop some addiitional knowledge on you. A midemeanor is a crime punishable by less than oner year in prison. Now I have given you the first two weeks of law school criminal law for free. No need to  thank me, You're welcome.    &am
p;nb
Have you ever heard of a gross or aggravated misdemeanor genius?   What a pompous ass you are!



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:26 am
 

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

As this is just unfolding, I'm withholding judgement until further details come out, but I don't want a whole team blasted because of a few idiots. All so this just goes to show that no college campus is immune to the drug epidemic.



Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:52 pm
 

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

1.) You're right. I mean if only 60 kids tested positive it is not that big of a deal. I mean, that's only a respectable 60% of the team as opposed to an appalling 80-something percent of the team. Clearly just a few bad apples. At 60% that means only a paultry 14 startes or so were positive. Nothing to be alarmed about.


2.) Great Kolby. Want to give us an accurate number then?


3.) What Patterson did was great and completely moronic and revealing of how out of touch he was with waht is going on not only on his team nut within society. He pretty much gave himself so much rope to be hung with. I can't imagine if he was in touch with what was going on he wouldn't have taken this suicide mission, Bitch out your team, strike fear into them, tell them there will be random tests, and then randomly test a "randomly" selected group made of guys you suspect and don't want around anymore.


It's more fun to disparage the whole team and I don't have time to wait.


Selling weed is also a felony. I doubt you know what a felony is, Since I am such a swell guy, I'll learn you on what a felony is. Here we go: A felony is a crime punishable by a year or more in prison.  That's it. Big term everyone loves to use that they don't know what it means buts that it. Pretty simple. Selling weed is a felony. As an extra bonus, I'll drop some addiitional knowledge on you. A midemeanor is a crime punishable by less than oner year in prison. Now I have given you the first two weeks of law school criminal law for free. No need to  thank me, You're welcome.    &nb
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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 10:54 pm
 

Four TCU players arrested in campus drug sweep

Thunderdan: Whoa pony boy.  I get the that the 'stangs didn't get the Big 12 invite, but at least get your facts straight if you're going to start spreading rumors. 

1.) The comments Devin Johnson made about 82 players failing the drug test wasn't after he was arrested -  he was running his mouth while he was sellng dope to an undercover officer.  Not much better, granted, but we are talking about a drug dealer here.  I for one will wait and see what else the investigation turns up.  Johnson's fellow drug dealer Horn told the undercover that 60 failed.  The drug dealers can't even keep their stories straight.  I just hope the investigation doesn't take forever.  (See what I did there with the hyperbole?) 

2.) According to Kolby Griffin (not implicated),  that the 82 number was a lie.   

3.) According to another source, Patterson dropped the random drug test after being told that drug use was running rampant on the team.  If thats true, at least he did something instead of just covering his ears and pretending he was hard of hearing. 

This is a black mark on the program, no doubt, but to immediately and automatically believe the word of a couple drug dealers without question is a little naieve, don't you think?  I mean, what do you think they did, post a list of the 60 or 82 players that failed?  Take a straw poll in the locker room?  I'm sure that more players bought, and hopefully that will come out and they will be dealt with accordingly.  But here is an idea - why don't we all wait for some actual facts to come to light before disparaging the whole team?  
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To be fair, I for one won't be too surpised to find out that a college student - even a football player - smoked some weed in the off season.  Stupid?  Yes.  Criminal?  Absolutely.  Deserving of some serious punishment?  Of course.  As far as the ones who bought/sold ecstasy or cocaine (and therefore committed a felony), those morons should be signing up for an internet degree program.    



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