Four Texas Christian University football players are accused of selling marijuana to undercover cops and were arrested in a campus-wide drug sting earlier today. Linebacker Tanner Brock, defensive tackle D.J. Yendrey, cornerback Devin Johnson and offensive lineman Ty Horn were among the 17 students nabbed after a six-month investigation.
The shocked campus is reeling from the developments, but comments made by the arrested players suggest that today could be just the beginning.
On Feb. 1, a mandatory drug test was ordered for all members of the football team, according to an arrest warrant. The results, it seems, weren't so favorable.
“Ya, they caught us slipping,” Brock told an undercover officer later that day before allegedly selling him $220 worth of marijuana.
He added that he had failed the surprise test “for sure,” according to the warrant, then adding that he thought it wouldn’t be a problem because there “would be about 60 people screwed.”
Horn had looked through the football roster and “said there were only 20 people that would pass the test on the team,” Brock said, according to the warrant. And asked about the drug test, Johnson allegedly told an undercover officer: “What can they do, 82 people failed it.”
Police have yet to determine if other football players were involved or charged.
“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,” coach Gary Patterson said. “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.
He added: “At the end of the day, though, sometimes young people make poor choices. The Horned Frogs are bigger and stronger than those involved.”