Two Texas football players have been charged with sexual assault in a case in which the facts are “confusing”, the Austin American-Statesman reported Thursday.
Junior receiver Kendall Sanders and redshirt freshman receiver Montrel Meander have not been arrested for the incident that occurred June 21. Sanders also is charged with improper photography. The sexual assault is a second degree felony.
Sources told the American-Statesman that the two players met the alleged victim and went to Meander’s San Jacinto dorm room on campus and the three had consensual sex.
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The improper photography charge comes from Sanders attempting to record what was happening on his cellphone.
After the three had sex, according to the American-Statesman, the players thought everything was OK and when a female knocked on the door to question if everything was OK, the alleged victim acknowledged.
But a sexual assault was reported at 3:43 a.m., according to University of Texas Police.
Texas officials have been aware of the incident since it was reported June 22.
Update, 4:33 p.m. — Texas spokesman John Bianco said the football program is aware of the situation and gathering information. Bianco said he expects to issue a statement from coach Mack Brown after practice ends this evening.
Earlier Senior safety Christian Scott was arrested early this afternoon on a Class A misdemeanor assault with bodily injury charge. He’s being held in the Travis County Jail.
Details on the incident were not immediately available, but Scott was arrested in the 300 block of E. Yager Lane, at approximately 1 p.m.
n arrest warrant has been issued for Longhorns freshman safety Kenny Vaccaro for misdemeanor assault after he was involved in an alleged fight with another Texas student during a pickup basketball game.
According to an arrest affidavit issued by a Travis County justice of the peace, Vaccaro and Jonathan R. Fuhrman were involved in an incident Sept. 20 when both were playing basketball at Gregory Gymnasium on the Texas campus.
Fuhrman, a law student at Texas, alleges that Vaccaro and his friends were throwing basketballs at him. The affidavit states that Fuhrman threw a basketball back at Vaccaro, hitting him in the head.
Fuhrman said Vaccaro then punched him in the face. The police affidavit stated that Fuhrman had blood streaming from a cut lip when he was interviewed by police.
According to the affidavit, Vaccaro told police that Fuhrman was “always on the court trying to start a fight.”
The arrest warrant is for assault-bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor under Texas law.
Vaccaro has developed into a key reserve for the Texas secondary and a special-teams standout. He’s made nine tackles on special teams and is listed as second string at right safety heading into the Longhorns’ game Saturday night against Colorado.
Texas coach Mack Brown released a statement shortly after news of the arrest warrant surfaced.
“We’re aware of the situation with Kenny Vaccaro,” Brown said. “We’ve talked to Kenny and his family, and pending the completion of the legal process, we’ll do what’s best for the university, Kenny and the team. One thing we have really prided ourselves on in our program is our family atmosphere, and this will be handled within our family.”
1. What do you call a drug ring in Austin? A huddle.
2. Four UT Longhorns in a car, who’s driving? The police.
3. The UT Longhorns have adopted a new “Honor System”. Yes your
Honor, No your Honor.
4. The UT Longhorns knew they had to do something for their defense,
so they hired a new defensive coordinator: F. Lee Bailey.
5. How do the UT Longhorns spend their first week at fall practice?
Studying their Miranda Rights.
6. What do you say to a Longhorn in a suit? Will the defendant
7. If you see Longhorn football player on a bike, why don’t you
swerve to hit him? It might be your bike!
8. The Longhorns employ scouts. But to look out for cops, not to
scout high school kids.
9. I heard a rumor that the Texas Department of Corrections plans to
build a new prison in Austin, Texas in order to allow Longhorns to
walk to school.
10. What do you call it, when a Longhorn goes on vacation? Time off
for good behavior.
11. Why couldn’t the Longhorn get into a huddle on the football
field? It’s a parole violation to associate with known felons.
12. Obviously Coach Mack Brown is not paying his players if they
have to resort to robbing people.
13. Book ‘em, Horns!
Longhorn football player James Henry has been arrested on a pair of third-degree felony charges. He is accused of retaliating against victims who turned in a teammate for an alleged robbery.
Henry, a redshirt freshman who has played on special teams this season, is charged with “obstruction or retaliation” and “tampering or fabricating physical evidence.” Combined, bail is set at $30,000. Henry was booked into jail at 3:59 p.m. Monday.
In their arrest affidavit, Austin police accuse the 19-year-old Henry of retaliating on behalf of teammate Robert Joseph, who was arrested July 27 on aggravated robbery charges. Joseph and teammate Andre Jones were charged with breaking in to a Southeast Austin apartment and robbing several people in the apartment.
Police say that Joseph called Henry the next day from jail, and their conversation was recorded. In that call, police say, Henry told Joseph that he’d gone to the scene of the robbery and confronted witnesses. “I went over there and whooped all them niggas last night, fool,” Henry is quoted as saying in the recording, according to the arrest affidavit.
When police interviewed Henry and confronted him about the conversation, he admitted that he’d confronted the victims and gotten into a fight with them, the affidavit says.
The victims told police that Henry had come up to them and asked, “Who narked on us?”
They said that Henry tried to get into a fight with one of the men, 18-year-old Andre Swain, and told him, “Bitches deserve to get kicked, so that’s what I am going to do!” The witnesses said that Henry then kicked Swain six or seven times in the head and punched him repeatedly.
Henry is the latest in a string of Texas football players to be arrested over the past four months.
The roundup since June:
— Backup safety/receiver Tyrell Gatewood (now suspended indefinitely) on misdemeanor drug charges, accused of having Xanax and prescription codeine cough syrup in his car. Freshman cornerback Ben Wells was cited in the same traffic stop for possession of drug paraphernalia but not was not taken to jail.
— Joseph (now transferred from the team) on the aggravated robbery charge and attempted car theft charges in separate incidents.
— Jones (now suspended indefinitely) on the same aggravated robbery charge as Joseph.
— Linebacker Sergio Kindle (returning from three-game suspension this week) on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
— Defensive end Henry Melton (also returning from three-game suspension) on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
Another Longhorn jailed
Texas receiver Tyrell Gatewood remained in custody Thursday in the Travis County Jail after an early morning arrest on two misdemeanor charges of possession of a dangerous drug, as well as another out-of-county misdemeanor charge.
According to jail records, Gatewood was booked at 12:36 a.m. Thursday. It marks Gatewood’s second arrest since last September and he becomes the fifth Longhorns’ player to have a brush with the law since June 1.
Defensive end Henry Melton and linebacker Sergio Kindle are serving three-game suspensions for being charged in separate driving while intoxicated incidents during the summer. Defensive end Dre Jones is suspended indefinitely after being charged in relation to an aggravated robbery on July 27. Former Longhorns’ safety Robert Joseph, also charged in the aggravated robbery on July 27, is no longer on the team.
Gatewood, a senior, also was arrested on Sept. 4, 2006 and charged with marijuana possession, along with former Texas teammates Tarell Brown and Aaron Harris. Those drug charges were subsequently dropped.
Gatewood, who has floated between defensive back and receiver during his college career, plays primarily on special teams. He had made two tackles this season for the sixth-ranked Longhorns (2-0), who play Saturday at Central Florida.
Texas coach Mack Brown has yet to comment on the Gatewood situation. In August, he issued a “zero-tolerance” policy for police-blotter incidents and publicy apologized to Texas fans, administrators and students for “the embrassing incidents that occurred this summer.”
“In no way are those (arrests) indicative of what we’ve worked so hard for nine and a half years to build with class, character and integrity at the University of Texas,” Brown said on Aug. 5, the day his team reported for fall drills. “We have a zero-tolerance policy and … the large majority are listening. The few that aren’t will be disciplined and punished and we’ll move forward.”
COMMENTARY: JOHN KELSO
Looks like it’s time for the Horns to suit up – in prison khakis
Sunday, August 05, 2007
They say you can’t tell the players without a scorecard. With the Texas football team, rewrite that to say you can’t tell the players without a rap sheet.
It’s looking like who will be starting this year in the Texas lineup will depend on who’s been in a lineup at the Austin Police Department.
Even for a season-ticket holder like me, it’s hard to keep up with ‘em all.
Let’s see: Andre Jones, who was suspended from the team Friday, is the 6-foot-5, 295-pound freshman defensive tackle and Parade All-American who is charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony, in connection with an armed robbery in a Southeast Austin apartment. Henry Melton is the sophomore defensive end who was charged in June with driving while intoxicated on Sixth Street. Sergio Kindle is the sophomore linebacker who was charged a week ago Saturday with DWI on South First Street.
And that’s just some of ‘em. Eight current or former Texas football players have been arrested since the Horns won the national championship against the University of Southern California in the 2006 Rose Bowl. I can’t keep ‘em all straight. Which is the problem Mack Brown is facing. He can’t keep ‘em all straight, either.
The Horns don’t need a defensive coordinator. They need a defense attorney.
The key to Texas football success this year? It’s how many players can run well in orange jumpsuits and ankle bracelets. Make that burnt orange jumpsuits.
What’s the matter with these UT knuckleheads anyway? Are they trying to out-Miami Miami? Don’t they realize they’ve been given the chance to go to college? They take this golden educational egg, and they fumble it on the 1-yard line.
This team has had so many arrests, I’m starting to think that instead of playing “The Eyes of Texas,” the Longhorn band should break out with Sam Cooke’s “Chain Gang,” as in “that’s the sound of the men working on the chain ga-a-ang.”
Man, it’s going to be hard to figure out the point spread on the Longhorns from week to week. It’ll depend on who’s out on bail. Instead of the coaches, I hear this year, the team probation officers will lead the Longhorns out onto the field.
And how about those new striped uniforms for home games?
Still, the Longhorns remain a team of honor. As in, “Yes, your honor” and “No, your honor.”
I mean, this has gotten so bad that the refs might not use a real coin during the coin toss for fear that one of the UT players will steal it.
The one that really gets me is Jones. Court affidavits say that a witness said that during the apartment robbery Jones acted like he had a gun in his waistband.
They also say Jones and former Longhorn freshman Robert Joseph, aka N.O., as in New Orleans, stole cash, cell phones, a laptop and video game systems.
Tip to incoming freshman football players: Don’t hang out with dudes who are nicknamed after cities. Unless it’s Spokane.
Sounds to me like this season instead of going for two, some of the Longhorns maybe be going for two-to-10.
Since Mack and Vince Young led the program to a fourth national championship on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006, there have been 10 — count ‘em, 10 — arrests of players involved with the Texas program. Five have come in the last two months.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Texas defensive tackle Andre Jones in connection with the robbery that landed Robert Joseph in jail last weekend.
The charge will be aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony.
Joseph, a sophomore safety who was suspended last month and then announced plans to transfer, was arrested last Saturday for the same offense. Joseph remained in Travis County Jail on Thursday afternoon.
The arrest warrant accuses Jones of being with a man known as “N.O.” or New Orleans. The warrant said the two broke into an apartment in East Austin, with N.O. pointing a gun at one of the occupants as well as a 14-year-old. N.O. asked for several items, including cell phones and gaming equipment.
The affidavit stated that a larger man was with “N.O.” The document stated that the larger man repeated N.O.’s demands and said he also had a gun. He then lifted his shirt, the affidavit stated, and reached for a chrome object in his waistband.
The arrest warrant, as well as court documents in Joseph’s arrest, identify Joseph as the man known as N.O. and the larger man as the 6-foot-5, 295-pound Jones.
Jones is a freshman from El Paso. He graduated early from high school and enrolled at Texas in January.
The Longhorns begin practice on Monday.
So Melton DUI, Kindle DUI, this punk robbery? Nice job over there Mack.