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Tipa Galeai No Longer Part of TCU Football Team

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The sophomore defensive end has been removed from the roster after running afoul of the law.

TCU vs Georgia in the 2016 Liberty Bowl
TCU vs Georgia in the 2016 Liberty Bowl
Melissa Triebwasser

Sophomore defensive end Tipa Galeai has been removed from the TCU Football roster after an incident on campus in late January.

Galeai, who was expected to compete for a starting position this spring, was charged with assault causing bodily injury, a misdemeanor, stemming from a January 21st issue where he is accused of attacking two students near P.E. Clark dorm on the TCU campus. According to a TCU police report filed, Galeai appeared “angry and extremely intoxicated” when he began yelling at a pair of male students near the intersection of Stadium and Bellaire Drive. He then proceeded to chase the two complainants to the Clark Residence Hall where he burst through the doors despite efforts to keep them closed and proceeded physically accost the two men. The assault was witnessed by a resident assistant.

Neither student requested medical attention and one chose not to press charges. An arrest warrant was issued for Galeai on January 24th and he was brought in for questioning a day later, ultimately surrendering at the Tarrant County Jail on the 26th, where he was released on a $5,000 bond later that day.

The 6’5”, 235 pound Galeai, a former Euless Trinity standout, is no longer listed on the TCU Football roster and is classified as a ‘former student’ in the school’s directory. He played in ten games a season ago, accounting for 24 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and a pair of fumble recoveries. His dismissal leaves the Frogs with only one experienced defensive end on the roster, senior Mat Boesen. TCU’s statement on the incident read as follows: “Texas Christian University expects its students to behave in an ethical manner, abide by campus policies and adhere to state and federal law.” We will keep you updated as more information is made available.