TCU star KaVontae Turpin charged with causing bodily injury to a family member
Turpin is a standout playmaker on the Horned Frogs
Update: Apparently, KaVontae Turpin's arrest over the weekend for allegedly assaulting a family member was not his first. Multiple outlets reported Monday afternoon that Turpin was also arrested this past March in Las Cruces, New Mexico, for battery of a household member. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the March incident is believed to have also involved the same victim as the incident over the weekend. A bench warrant for failure to appear in court was issued by a judge in July after Turpin failed to appear at a pre-trial hearing.
On Tuesday, TCU issued a statement that it was aware of the previous incident.
"The football staff was aware there was an incident in New Mexico, but not that charges included an alleged battery," the school said in a statement, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "The publicly available information they reviewed at the time only showed a charge related to property damage. We did not know until yesterday that his legal issues were unresolved."
TCU wide receiver KaVontae Turpin was arrested Sunday for assault and charged with bodily injury of a family member, according to Tarrant County Jail records. The Tarrant County Jail confirmed that Turpin had been released from custody on Monday.
TCU released the following statement on Turpin's arrest:
"Texas Christian University is aware that one of its students was recently arrested for a reported domestic situation. The university takes these types of reports very seriously and is continuing to gather information to determine the next steps. TCU expects its students to behave in an ethical manner, abide by campus policies and adhere to state and federal law.
"The student also may face a charge of violating the University Code of Student Conduct, the results of which are independent and separate from any legal charges."
TCU coach Gary Patterson announced Monday that Turpin has been suspended while the team continues to gather information on the arrest.
The charge against Turpin is classified as a Class A misdemeanor, meaning Turpin could face up to a year in prison if convicted of the crime.
Turpin is one of the best players on the Horned Frogs' roster. The senior has been a standout on special teams, as he returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown against Oklahoma on Saturday during TCU's 52-27 loss. He's caught 29 passes for 410 yards and three touchdowns this season, and he's also returned a punt for a score to go along with his kick return touchdown. His average of 130.2 all-purpose yards per game ranks 20th nationally.
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