Former Copperas Cove all-state linebacker Tanner Brock was one of four TCU football players and 17 students arrested Wednesday morning in a wide-spread drug raid orchestrated by the Fort Worth police department.
Those arrests, which included Horned Frogs players Brock, offensive lineman Ty Horn of Waco Midway, defensive lineman DJ Yendry and defensive back Devin Johnson, capped a six-month investigation by the Fort Worth and TCU police in which suspects allegedly sold cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana and prescription drugs during hand-to-hand transactions with undercover police officers during the season and as recently as a few weeks ago.
Brock was charged with three felony accounts of selling hydroponic marijuana of more than ¼ ounce, but less than 5 pounds to undercover Fort Worth police officer JC Williams.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson released a scathing statement to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram later Wednesday.
There are days people want to be a head football coach, but today is not one of those days. As I heard the news this morning, I was first shocked, then hurt and now Im mad, Patterson wrote. Under my watch, drugs and drug use by TCUs student-athletes will not be tolerated by me or any member of my coaching staff. Period. 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 peoples lives are more important than wins or losses.
Police said they had not determined whether Brock, who was the 2009 Daily Herald Co-Player of the Year, and the other three TCU players were selling to their teammates or other athletes, though the arrest affidavits raise the possibility.
Brocks former Copperas Cove teammate and TCU wide receiver Josh Boyce tweeted, Went from one of best days in my life till sad day today.
Phone messages left at the homes of Horn, Johnson and Yendrey were not immediately returned to the Associated Press. Copperas Cove defensive coordinator Reb Brock, father of Tanner, did not answer a phone messages either.
Police said they had yet to determine if other football players were involved or would be charged.
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, athletic director Chris Del Conte said. 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.
Brock was the leading tackler for TCU as a sophomore during the 2010 season, when the Horned Frogs went 13-0, defeated Wisconsin the Rose Bowl and finished the year ranked No. 2. Brock started the season opener at Baylor last September, but aggravated a foot injury that required season-ending surgery.
As a freshman playing special teams against SMU in 2009, Brock gained national attention with a highlight play. He lost his helmet and still threw a key block on a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown by Jeremy Kerley. Brock likely would have been a starter again in 2012.
Yendrey, who also started as a junior, and Johnson both were juniors last season and had another season of eligibility. Horn appeared in 10 games this past season, making one start. He played in eight games as a freshman.
Arrest warrants released Wednesday show Brock, Yendry and Horn allegedly sold hydroponic marijuana to TCU students and football players from their homes in Fort Worth.
According to Brocks arrest affidavit, Williams made three separate visits to Brocks home at 4053 Winfield Ave. with the intent to purchase marijuana Jan. 18, 25 and Feb. 1 during which Brock sold Williams three separate bags containing a combined 43 grams of marijuana.
Brock posted $10,000 bond and was released later Wednesday from the Mansfield city jail. Johnson and Horn were being transferred to the jail on Wednesday afternoon and Yendrey had not been arraigned.
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth Channel 5 anchor Mark Fein tweeted that Brock allegedly left the jail shouting obscenities to reporters.
Among the more salacious reports from the affidavit included Brocks reaction to a surprise drug test issued by the TCU coaches on Feb. 1.
Later that day, Williams contacted Brock about the drug test, to which Brock, who allegedly sold the undercover officer $220 of marijuana, Ya, they caught us slipping. Later, when Williams went to Brocks house to buy a third bag of marijuana, Brock admitted he failed that b---- for sure.
Though he indicated he wasnt too concerned because there would be about 60 people screwed.
TCU released a statement late Wednesday afternoon that said the school tests its athletes for drug use on a regular basis.
The comments about failed drug tests made by the separated players in affidavits cannot be verified simply because they were made in the context of a drug buy, the school said. Patterson declined to answer questions beyond his prepared statement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.