4 TTU football players suspended indefinitely after weekend arrest

Published: Mar. 27, 2018 at 3:12 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 27, 2018 at 3:41 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Four Red Raider football players were arrested and on the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office Active Jail Roster on Sunday morning. By Monday morning, they were out of jail.

An official statement from Tech was released Sunday evening and said, "Texas Tech Athletics was made aware this morning of an incident involving members of our football program. We are still looking into the matter at this time."

On Tuesday morning during a scheduled news conference after the morning practice, head football coach Kliff Kingsbury said the four players will remain on the team but are suspended indefinitely.

The four players arrested Saturday were not involved in the practice. Jett Duffey and Quan Shorts were seen wearing brown shirts doing punishment drills (carrying weights around the field, going up and down the bleachers with strength bags). The other two, Desmon Smith and Christian Taylor, were in the practice facility doing the same indoors. After practice, Coach Kliff Kingsbury addressed the situation.

"They obviously made some bad decisions. They'll be suspended indefinitely and if you were out here you can see they were getting some extra work with the strength staff. Some punishment things we do in our program so that's where we are at," he said during the news conference.

Kingsbury says while they are suspended, all four are still on the football team.

"After receiving it with LPD, working with them and talking through it, we came to that place. We aren't happy about it, how they acted. It won't be tolerated. All four will have misdemeanors and it's never a good situation. Hopefully, we can learn from it."

Other players were on the scene at the incident as seen on the Body Cam video and Kingsbury comments about that.

"It's not what you want to see. We talked about it as a team. I watched the video with LPD. When police ask you to leave, when authority asks you to leave, there were a whole bunch of kids out there who just hung around, asked questions and should have left. We can't put ourselves in those positions."

Kingsbury says the place where the incident took place, Bash RipRock's is now off limits to the Texas Tech football team.

They will let the legal process run its course and the team will move on from there.

The Red Raiders continue working through spring drills with the Spring Game April 14th at Jones AT&T Stadium.

"It's obviously a distraction. Anytime you have an incident like that, it's a bad look for your program. It's a bad look for the University and our guys have to understand that. It's not going to be tolerated."

Kingsbury spoke directly about the future of Texas Tech quarterback Jett Duffey.

"He put himself, by making a dumb decision, he put himself in a tough spot, not getting reps during a quarterback competition. He's got to figure that out. We believe in Jett. I believe in the type of young man he is, but he's got to stop making decisions that can affect his career," Kingsbury said.

Police tell us they were called to Bash Riprocks at 2419 Main Street for a civil disturbance, attempting to locate an armed suspect. When police arrived there was a large group of people outside of the establishment, some impeding traffic. Officers say there were about 150 people in the crowd.

While police were searching for this armed suspect, officers witnessed 21-year-old Christian Taylor smash the windshield of a vehicle, according to an LPD shift summary report. When officers tried to arrest the suspect the crowd began to act aggressively toward police.

Taylor told police that the vehicle had tried to hit him.

A K-9 Unit on scene also released the dog, resulting in 20-year-old Desmon Smith Williams to be taken to University Medical Center for a dog bite.

According to the police report, while trying to disperse the crowd, an officer observed Jett Duffey punch a hole in the wall of ULofts and placed him under arrest.

10 people were arrested, in total. Some of those people include:

  • 23-year-old Houston Patterson
  • 21-year-old Daniel Garcia
  • 22-year-old Christian Marquez
  • 20-year-old Aaron Villareal
  • 21-year-old Furquan Shorts
  • 20-year-old Wesley Barrientas-Newberry
  • 20-year-old Desmon Smith-Williams
  • 20-year-old Aleah Dunn

Taylor, Duffey, Williams and Shorts are all members of the Texas Tech football team.

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