In a statement on Wednesday, TCU announced that four members of the school’s prominent football team were busted for selling marijuana to other players.
The players accused of doing the selling were arrested along with 13 other students following a lengthy six-month investigation by Fort Worth and TCU police. According to court documents (via The Star-Telegram), the players involved were linebacker Tanner Brock, defensive lineman D.J. Yendry, offensive tackle Tyler Horn and cornerback Devin Johnson.
Brock, of course, was the team’s leading tackler during their milestone Rose Bowl-winning 2010 season. He sat out most of 2011 after suffering a foot injury that required season-ending surgery.
While the community which surrounds TCU is understandably shocked about what happened, school officials appear to be handling the situation as well as can be expected.
“I expect our student-athletes to serve as ambassadors for the university and will not tolerate behavior that reflects poorly on TCU, the athletics department, our teams or other student-athletes within the department,” said athletic director Chris Del Conte. “Our student-athletes are a microcosm of society and unfortunately that means some of our players reflect a culture that glorifies drugs and drug use. That mindset is not reflected by TCU nor will it be allowed within athletics.”
The investigation leading up to the eventual arrest spanned half a year, and authorities apparently held off on making arrests until they had ample evidence of what was going on. In fact, the legal documents involved note that sales of drugs were made to undercover officers prior to arrests being made.
According to the arrest warrant and affidavits released (via The Star-Telegram), Brock, Yendry and Horn allegedly sold hydroponic marijuana to students and fellow players from a home located on Brady Avenue in Forth worth.
The arrests came less than 24 hours after TCU released its football schedule for next year – the team’s first in the Big 12 Conference.