Texas Christian University suspended quarterback Trevone Boykin after his arrest for third-degree felony assault stemming from an altercation in a San Antonio bar. The top-ten finisher in Heisman voting for each of the past two seasons remains off the field against Oregon for Saturday’s Alamo Bowl.
Reports say that Boykin became agitated by some customers at the bar “trash talking” him. He was eventually escorted out of the establishment by police but reportedly punched one of the officers. According to ESPN the officer was a bicycle patrol officer. Reports also say that police threatened to Taser the player before his arrest.
— Trevone BoyKING (@OGcURIOUSDEUCE) January 1, 2016
The university has suspended the player along with teammate and wide receiver Preston Miller.
ESPN author Mark Schlabach tweeted out a report obtained from the San Antonio Police.
— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) December 31, 2015
Schlabach also reported that Boykin was charged with third-degree felony assault of a police officer and posted a $5,000 bond.
“We don’t know if he was swinging at the officer or somebody behind him,” San Antonio Police chief William McManus said. “In any event, the officer was struck in the face and suffered injuries.”
Yahoo! Sports reports that TCU released a statement confirming the incident.
“Trevone Boykin and Preston Miller have been suspended for Saturday’s game due to a violation of team rules. We are disappointed in their actions and apologize to the TCU Horned Frogs Nation, Valero Alamo Bowl and city of San Antonio.”
But while those injuries kept the player out only a short time, the suspension is a different matter, especially with the upcoming bowl games so close and according to CBS Sports, Boykin’s absence from the upcoming Alamo Bowl will be painful.
“The Alamo Bowl against Oregon was supposed to be a shootout,” Robby Kalland wrote, “but without Boykin, the Horned Frogs offense will be much less potent. This isn’t a Baylor situation where TCU could have built a new gameplan around the backup quarterbacks over the last three weeks. The timing of the suspension means a total overhaul in two days.”
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