FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU suspended defensive end Devonte Fields on Tuesday pending the results of a police investigation into whether he punched a former girlfriend in the head and threatened her with a gun while shouting, "I should blast you!"
Officers said 20-year-old Haley Brown's right cheek was swollen and she had a cut under her eye when they arrived at a Fort Worth home early Sunday. Police said Tuesday that no charges had been filed and Fields, the Big 12's preseason defensive player of the year, had not been arrested.
An emailed statement from TCU said the school doesn't tolerate harassment or misconduct by a student and that the allegations against Fields will be go through an internal discipline process — which may result in disciplinary action from the university — while he is "separated" from the university.
The school said "separated" means he will be denied access to the school and its activities until police complete their investigation. That includes being barred from any involvement with the football team less than two weeks before the start of fall practice.
"Whether it be a football player or any other student on this campus, if anything like this happened and they were investigating it, they would do the same thing, which basically that means you're not allowed on campus," TCU coach Gary Patterson said Tuesday after his annual preseason talk with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.
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