Drug sting snares four TCU players
FORT WORTH, Texas — Authorities arrested 17 students, including four football players, at Texas Christian University on Wednesday as part of a six-month drug sting.
Arrest warrants included reports of players who allegedly arranged marijuana sales after class or around practice and who told police that most of the team had failed a drug test just two weeks ago. According to police, players sold undercover officers marijuana in season and as recently as last week.
"As I heard the news this morning, I was first shocked, then hurt and now I'm mad," coach Gary Patterson said.
The 17 people arrested were caught selling marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and prescription drugs, police said. The arrest affidavits raise the possibility that other players were involved.
Three prominent defensive players were arrested: linebacker Tanner Brock, defensive tackle D.J. Yendrey and cornerback Devin Johnson. The other player is offensive lineman Ty Horn.
Documents show Patterson sprung a surprise drug test on the team on Feb. 1, national signing day. Patterson ordered the test after a prize recruit reportedly told him he wouldn't attend TCU because of drug use by players. During a drug buy, an undercover officer asked Johnson about the surprise drug test. "What can they do? Eighty-two people failed it," Johnson said.
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Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires