Jump to content



Photo

Tech Freshman Players arrested


  • Please log in to reply
26 replies to this topic

#1 dukenukem312

dukenukem312

    Coaching Staff

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 888 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:DFW

Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:21 AM

A Depot Entertainment District bar owner said two Texas Tech football players arrested early Friday on second-degree felony charges of credit card abuse used a card without their name on it to buy about $100 in drinks and tried to use their status as Red Raiders to avoid arrest.

Texas Tech sophomores Jace Amaro and Kenny Williams were arrested about 2:20 a.m. Friday at the Firehouse Grill and Bar, 1719 Buddy Holly Ave., after employees of the bar became suspicious when the men were accused of offering a "big tip" to a bartender for using the credit card that didn’t match the names on their identification cards, according to the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office and Chris Bourne, owner of the bar.

Williams and Amaro, both freshmen, face charges of unauthorized use of a credit/debit card, according to the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office.

Amaro’s attorney, Chuck Lanehart, wrote in a prepared statement: “Jace denies committing the offenses for which he was arrested, and he looks forward to a thorough investigation that will clear him of these accusations.”

Williams’ attorney, David Hazlewood, released a similar statement: “Kenny denies the allegations for which he was arrested and is confident that a full investigation will clear him of this charge.”

A police report states Amaro and Williams are accused of making a purchase on a Bank of America debit card without having the “effective consent of the card holders” early Friday at the Firehouse Grill and Bar, 1719 Buddy Holly Ave. The report states Amaro was in possession of and used an altered driver’s license.

They were released on their own recognizance this weekend.

Williams’ high school football coach said he was “absolutely surprised” Friday night when he heard about the arrest.

“He’s a good kid,” said Hendrickson (Pflugerville) football coach Chip Killian. “I mean, he’s got a great set of parents. I think the only problems I had was him wearing his earrings to the field house.”

Killian added that Williams “didn’t have any red flags at all; I’m hoping this is a one-time, isolated incident.”

Williams’ father, Kenneth Williams, declined to comment when reached by phone Monday evening.

Attempts to contact Amaro’s family and high school coach were unsuccessful.

Amaro, who attended MacArthur High School in San Antonio, and Williams were highly touted recruits for Tech’s 2011 class.

Both of the attorneys’ statements express the players’ regret for the negative attention brought to Tech and its football program, and both point out the high level of cooperation the two players exhibited with bar management and police.

Blayne Beal, associate athletic director at Tech, said the two are still on the team and cautioned people to not rush to judgment or make any rash decisions regarding the players’ arrests.

Beal said Amaro and Williams have discussed the incident with athletics officials.

He said he could not release any specifics about what the pair told Tech officials when interviewed.

Both returned home to their respective families for this week’s spring break vacation, he added.

“In all of these situations, we are in a fact-gathering process,” Beal said, speaking generally about Tech’s procedures. “That’s our No. 1 goal is to try to find out what happened in these situations; we don’t make rash decisions. We just talk to both our student athletes, assist with law enforcement, and if decisions need to be made from the university’s standpoint, they will be based on the facts and not made on allegations.”

Amaro and Williams were charged with two state jail felony counts, while Amaro also was charged with a misdemeanor count of misrepresentation of age.

A state jail felony is punishable by 180 days to two years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.



#2 Mavgrad99

Mavgrad99

    Geaux Tigers

  • Moderators
  • 7,560 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Atlanta, Georgia
  • Interests:You can find me in the college forums.

    Go Marshall
    Geaux Tigers
    Go Dallas
    Go Rangers

Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:38 AM

A Depot Entertainment District bar owner said two Texas Tech football players arrested early Friday on second-degree felony charges of credit card abuse used a card without their name on it to buy about $100 in drinks and tried to use their status as Red Raiders to avoid arrest.

Texas Tech sophomores Jace Amaro and Kenny Williams were arrested about 2:20 a.m. Friday at the Firehouse Grill and Bar, 1719 Buddy Holly Ave., after employees of the bar became suspicious when the men were accused of offering a "big tip" to a bartender for using the credit card that didn't match the names on their identification cards, according to the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office and Chris Bourne, owner of the bar.

Williams and Amaro, both freshmen, face charges of unauthorized use of a credit/debit card, according to the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office.

Amaro's attorney, Chuck Lanehart, wrote in a prepared statement: "Jace denies committing the offenses for which he was arrested, and he looks forward to a thorough investigation that will clear him of these accusations."

Williams' attorney, David Hazlewood, released a similar statement: "Kenny denies the allegations for which he was arrested and is confident that a full investigation will clear him of this charge."

A police report states Amaro and Williams are accused of making a purchase on a Bank of America debit card without having the "effective consent of the card holders" early Friday at the Firehouse Grill and Bar, 1719 Buddy Holly Ave. The report states Amaro was in possession of and used an altered driver's license.

They were released on their own recognizance this weekend.

Williams' high school football coach said he was "absolutely surprised" Friday night when he heard about the arrest.

"He's a good kid," said Hendrickson (Pflugerville) football coach Chip Killian. "I mean, he's got a great set of parents. I think the only problems I had was him wearing his earrings to the field house."

Killian added that Williams "didn't have any red flags at all; I'm hoping this is a one-time, isolated incident."

Williams' father, Kenneth Williams, declined to comment when reached by phone Monday evening.

Attempts to contact Amaro's family and high school coach were unsuccessful.

Amaro, who attended MacArthur High School in San Antonio, and Williams were highly touted recruits for Tech's 2011 class.

Both of the attorneys' statements express the players' regret for the negative attention brought to Tech and its football program, and both point out the high level of cooperation the two players exhibited with bar management and police.

Blayne Beal, associate athletic director at Tech, said the two are still on the team and cautioned people to not rush to judgment or make any rash decisions regarding the players' arrests.

Beal said Amaro and Williams have discussed the incident with athletics officials.

He said he could not release any specifics about what the pair told Tech officials when interviewed.

Both returned home to their respective families for this week's spring break vacation, he added.

"In all of these situations, we are in a fact-gathering process," Beal said, speaking generally about Tech's procedures. "That's our No. 1 goal is to try to find out what happened in these situations; we don't make rash decisions. We just talk to both our student athletes, assist with law enforcement, and if decisions need to be made from the university's standpoint, they will be based on the facts and not made on allegations."

Amaro and Williams were charged with two state jail felony counts, while Amaro also was charged with a misdemeanor count of misrepresentation of age.

A state jail felony is punishable by 180 days to two years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.



Booster's credit card? Or are we assuming that it is just stolen?

#3 WETSU

WETSU

    Aggies

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,441 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:dub town tx

Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:38 AM

Booster's credit card? Or are we assuming that it is just stolen?

Kind of what I'm thinking....
Hate to lose more than you love to win, and winning will be your only option!

#4 h-town12

h-town12

    Ol' Sarge

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,251 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:College Station

Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:56 AM

Things are not looking good for tech right now.

#5 dukenukem312

dukenukem312

    Coaching Staff

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 888 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:DFW

Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:50 PM

These guys would not be returning to school if Leach was still there. He would have had them kicked off the second he found out. Leach has already kicked off Wazzu's best LB for possession of Pot and two others for just having bad attitudes. Wonder how far Tech's graduation rate has fallen under Coach Cornbread?

#6 bordertown

bordertown

    Natural

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,857 posts
  • Location:My piece of God's green earth

Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:04 PM

These guys would not be returning to school if Leach was still there. He would have had them kicked off the second he found out. Leach has already kicked off Wazzu's best LB for possession of Pot and two others for just having bad attitudes. Wonder how far Tech's graduation rate has fallen under Coach Cornbread?


I think the "pirate" would have asked for his fifth of rum.

#7 Immortal13

Immortal13

    Natural

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,874 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:SEC Country!!

Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:33 PM

They were just being pirates...

#8 regaleagle

regaleagle

    Coaching Staff

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 883 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:South of Denton
  • Interests:Live sporting events, Golf, Outdoors, Casino Gaming, Antiques, Precious metals, Muscle Cars.

Posted 16 March 2012 - 10:57 AM

Today's justice system is not a place to land. There is no leniency given on the arrest end today. Any leniency will have to occur after the arrests are made. This is true for all of society, not just younger offenders. It's collars for dollars, any way you spin it. It's unfortunate with our crowded jails and prisons , but that's the way it is. I tell my son (now 23) to not drive after he has been out w/friends at a party or nightclub, and to watch out who he's involving himself with. It's just not worth the pain and cost for making a mistake nowadays. There's absollutely zero tolerance with the law nowadays. Log it down and live by it, or suffer the consequences.

#9 DLine06

DLine06

    The 83rd Black Belt of Professor Klay Pittman

  • Moderators
  • 6,012 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Tx Tech
  • Interests:Born on 1/25/88.

    Former Boxer and current martial artist in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Posted 16 March 2012 - 11:35 AM

These guys would not be returning to school if Leach was still there. He would have had them kicked off the second he found out. Leach has already kicked off Wazzu's best LB for possession of Pot and two others for just having bad attitudes. Wonder how far Tech's graduation rate has fallen under Coach Cornbread?


Don't let it be mistaken, Leach kicked off some people due to pot and grades many of time in his tenure. Two, the circumstances dictated who got kicked off and who was fortunate to stay on the team.

Now make no mistake about it, I know for a fact Jace Amaro is underage and, this is not only a disappointment but it reeks of potentially more bad things to come. My only question is what the heck were they doing because I just got back into Lubbocck on Wednesday from South Padre and San Antonio and, it's dead here.
"Be a good leader! If that's not your style, be a wise follower." (Klay Pittman).
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

#10 GWalum07

GWalum07

    Head Coach

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,774 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 18 March 2012 - 01:09 PM

Someone is college drank under age? GTFO...only at tech this would have never happend any where else. Seriously though I think the Red raider faithful need to be calm its only up from here.

Don't let it be mistaken, Leach kicked off some people due to pot and grades many of time in his tenure. Two, the circumstances dictated who got kicked off and who was fortunate to stay on the team.

Now make no mistake about it, I know for a fact Jace Amaro is underage and, this is not only a disappointment but it reeks of potentially more bad things to come. My only question is what the heck were they doing because I just got back into Lubbocck on Wednesday from South Padre and San Antonio and, it's dead here.



#11 dukenukem312

dukenukem312

    Coaching Staff

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 888 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:DFW

Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:14 AM

Someone is college drank under age? GTFO...only at tech this would have never happend any where else. Seriously though I think the Red raider faithful need to be calm its only up from here.



well when you get beat by Baylor in football, I guess you have no where else to fall.

#12 GWalum07

GWalum07

    Head Coach

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,774 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:02 AM

Yeah yeah yeah..I have a feeling you should get used to that.

#13 dukenukem312

dukenukem312

    Coaching Staff

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 888 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:DFW

Posted 19 March 2012 - 12:59 PM

Yeah yeah yeah..I have a feeling you should get used to that.



Just a joke Bear, LOL, you guys had a great year but Briles will keep you competetive even without that pefected athletic Specimen you had playing QB.

#14 GWalum07

GWalum07

    Head Coach

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,774 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 19 March 2012 - 01:44 PM

I know man. I think IF we can keep briles around they can go bowling every year. That's all I ask for every year out of the football program. [ quote name='bluedevil07' timestamp='1332183589' post='1698024']
Just a joke Bear, LOL, you guys had a great year but Briles will keep you competetive even without that pefected athletic Specimen you had playing QB.
[/quote]

#15 DLine06

DLine06

    The 83rd Black Belt of Professor Klay Pittman

  • Moderators
  • 6,012 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Tx Tech
  • Interests:Born on 1/25/88.

    Former Boxer and current martial artist in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Posted 19 March 2012 - 03:43 PM

Someone is college drank under age? GTFO...only at tech this would have never happend any where else. Seriously though I think the Red raider faithful need to be calm its only up from here.


TABC is enforced here and more importantly we are talking about potential fraudulent use of a banking instrument.
"Be a good leader! If that's not your style, be a wise follower." (Klay Pittman).
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

#16 GWalum07

GWalum07

    Head Coach

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,774 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 19 March 2012 - 03:53 PM

It is enforced everywhere but I agree the credit card stuff was just plain stupid.

TABC is enforced here and more importantly we are talking about potential fraudulent use of a banking instrument.



#17 DLine06

DLine06

    The 83rd Black Belt of Professor Klay Pittman

  • Moderators
  • 6,012 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Tx Tech
  • Interests:Born on 1/25/88.

    Former Boxer and current martial artist in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Posted 19 March 2012 - 03:56 PM

well when you get beat by Baylor in football, I guess you have no where else to fall.


Soapbox of the day, This was the first season in a very long time that Baylor wasn't a joke in football ok. A blind squirrel finds a nut every once in awhile. Just be thankful Briles is making the Bear football program competitive because it can be just as easily a bad season. You guys are not OU or Texas and without RG 3 I'd say Tech has had the better showing heck we even split a 3 way south division crown of the Big 12.

Enjoy the season because 2012 isn't that far from now.
"Be a good leader! If that's not your style, be a wise follower." (Klay Pittman).
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

#18 GWalum07

GWalum07

    Head Coach

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,774 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 19 March 2012 - 04:08 PM

Wow, you don't read my posts much. I don't have a real love for Baylor football. I am not ignorant to the fact they have been a doormat prior to the last two seasons. I think Briles can coach circles around tubberville but I liked what leach did there. I think Tech is in a similar boat as far as recruiting goes because let's face it. Everyone in this state wants to be a longhorn and if they do not get that chance they go else where. With that said I think the building blocks are in place at Baylor for the program to remain strong(Not UT or OU btw what the heck are you talking about?). New on campus stadium, Heisman Trophy Bowl win, etc. I think Tech fans should remember the leach era it could awhile before they see a seasons like that again.

Soapbox of the day, This was the first season in a very long time that Baylor wasn't a joke in football ok. A blind squirrel finds a nut every once in awhile. Just be thankful Briles is making the Bear football program competitive because it can be just as easily a bad season. You guys are not OU or Texas and without RG 3 I'd say Tech has had the better showing heck we even split a 3 way south division crown of the Big 12.

Enjoy the season because 2012 isn't that far from now.



#19 DLine06

DLine06

    The 83rd Black Belt of Professor Klay Pittman

  • Moderators
  • 6,012 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Tx Tech
  • Interests:Born on 1/25/88.

    Former Boxer and current martial artist in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Posted 19 March 2012 - 11:17 PM

Wow, you don't read my posts much. I don't have a real love for Baylor football. I am not ignorant to the fact they have been a doormat prior to the last two seasons. I think Briles can coach circles around tubberville but I liked what leach did there. I think Tech is in a similar boat as far as recruiting goes because let's face it. Everyone in this state wants to be a longhorn and if they do not get that chance they go else where. With that said I think the building blocks are in place at Baylor for the program to remain strong(Not UT or OU btw what the heck are you talking about?). New on campus stadium, Heisman Trophy Bowl win, etc. I think Tech fans should remember the leach era it could awhile before they see a seasons like that again.


I disagree. I remind my roommates everyday just how important this upcoming season and I expect them to break out and be very good. Heck even before the Missouri game, I let them know that coaches were going to be fired if they don't start producing some W's.

2nd, I haven't heard of Briles having an undefeated season. Tubberville recruited some darn good athletes when he was at Auburn, led the Tigers to an undefeated season in 2004 (should of played for a national championship) and is miles ahead of Leach in recruiting.

3rd, I agree with you on athletes wanting to come to UT (Austin is crazy fun).

4th, Baylor might be an upcoming program but key thing is consistency. Even as bad as Kansas and K-state have been in their football history, they've both been to BCS bowl games which is something both Tech and Baylor haven't done yet.
"Be a good leader! If that's not your style, be a wise follower." (Klay Pittman).
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

#20 hanginangus

hanginangus

    Coaching Staff

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 626 posts

Posted 20 March 2012 - 12:33 PM

You guys might want to check out the facts before spitting all your venom.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users