Inside the TCU drug ring affidavits
Ready for a little light afternoon reading about college football’s newest and highest-profile on-campus drug ring? Warrants and affidavits for the four TCU players (Tanner Brock, Devin Johnson, D.J. Yendry, Ty Horn) arrested in Wednesday’s drug bust are available for your perusal via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram‘s website, and the information, at the very least, seems to indicate that several more arrests could be on the way. Highlights from the court documents, including specific charges for all four players, include:
• OT Ty Horn: Charged with one felony count and one misdemeanor count of delivery of marijuana. According to the affidavit, an undercover Fort Worth police officer received a tip on Nov. 3, 2011, that Horn was involved in the sale of hydroponic marijuana “to college students and football players at Texas Christian University.” That same day, the officer purchased marijuana from Horn and Yendry at a private residence. On Nov. 7, the officer contacted Horn again, who then referred him to Yendry.
• DT D.J. Yendry: Charged with four felony counts and two misdemeanor counts of delivery of marijuana. During the Nov. 7 meeting with the undercover officer, Yendry revealed that he was Horn’s supplier, sold the officer more marijuana, and inquired about the possibility of obtaining mushrooms for future sale. Yendry conducted two more sales with the officer during the month of November, according to the affidavit, and once in the month of December. In December, Yendry named Johnson as his supplier to the officer. On Jan. 19, 2012, the officer happened to contact Yendry at a time when Yendry’s stash was running low, and the officer was referred to Brock.
• LB Tanner Brock: Charged with three felony counts of delivery of marijuana. Brock sold marijuana to an undercover officer on Jan. 19 and Jan. 25, and again on Feb. 1, when he told the officer that Gary Patterson had conducted a team-wide mandatory drug test. Brock reportedly told the officer, “They caught us slipping,” and that the test “wasn’t a big deal” because so many players would have been caught. Of his own chances: “I failed that b—- for sure.” And this is where it gets really interesting: Brock also informed the officer that two teammates had been selling pills to other Horned Frogs, but they had since graduated.
• DB Devin Johnson: Charged with three felony counts of delivery of marijuana. Introduced to the undercover officer by Yendry, Johnson sold to the reporting officer and a partner on three listed occasions, the last time on Feb. 7, when Johnson made his now-infamous statement that 82 people had failed the Signing Day drug test. The school currently denies the claim, but the pass/fail breakdown of the screening has not been made available to the public.
So it’s safe to assume that the four players will not suit up for the Horned Frogs in 2012, but where will this story conclude? There’s this tidbit, from the Star-Telegram‘s report: “Sources told the Star-Telegram that Patterson ordered the [Feb. 1] drug test after a prize recruit told him that he would not attend TCU because of drug use by players.” The investigation is ongoing, and the only announced arrests to date have been for selling drugs, not for buying them. The practical implications of this sweep on TCU’s depth chart have been examined by our friends at SB Nation, but there very well could be some additional holes on the roster before this mess is settled.
And the image hit, especially for a religious school, will obviously be impactful. There are Horned Frog football players pictured in their jerseys on felony arrest warrants. There are repeated mentions of players being recognized by a narcotics officer from photos on the official team website in the documentation. About all this story is missing is the revelation that the team was engaged in illegal full-contact practices between bouts of salesmanship, or that they were dealing steroids. Stay tuned.