Tech football players released from jail

Published: Mar. 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 1:52 AM CST
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Jace Amaro, 19 (Provided by Lubbock County Sheriff)
Jace Amaro, 19 (Provided by Lubbock County Sheriff)
Kenny Williams, 19 (Provided by Lubbock County Sheriff)
Kenny Williams, 19 (Provided by Lubbock County Sheriff)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Two Texas Tech players were released from the Lubbock County Detention Center Saturday after alleged credit/debit card abuse.

KCBD crews were at the jail to ask the players about their charges. However, Jace Amaro, 19 and Kenneth Williams, 19 left through a back door at the jail around 5 p.m. We're told that this is not normal protocol.

Police reports indicate Amaro and Williams were at a Depot District bar when they purchased items on a Bank of America debit card. Police say the two did not have consent from the card holder. Police arrested them around 2 a.m. Friday.

Police say Amaro had possession of an altered driver's license. He is facing another charge of misrepresentation of age, claiming to be 21. Jail records from Friday listed the older, incorrect birth date. Amaro's actual birth date is June 26, 1992.

Amaro's father, Robert told us he denies all of the allegations against his son.

Both football players face up to two years in jail and up to a $10,000 in fine for the felony.

We've reached out to the bar for comment, but they have not returned our calls.

Texas Tech has not said how this will affect both of the players' statuses. Texas Tech University associate athletics director Blayne Beal released this statement:

"Texas Tech will allow the Lubbock Police Department to conduct its investigation into the matter involving two football student-athletes. Once that investigation has been completed and more facts are known, the university and head coach Tommy Tuberville will take appropriate disciplinary action if necessary."

According to Texas Tech's athletic website, Amaro is a Freshman from San Antonio and plays tight end for the Red Raiders. Williams is a Freshman from Pflugerville, Texas and plays running back.

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