Gary Patterson and TCU Football acted swiftly once news of KaVontae Turpin’s arrest broke Monday, initially suspending the dynamic athlete for the Kansas game, before removing him from the program entirely Tuesday. Patterson announced the decision during his Tuesday press conference, breaking the news to reporters.
TCU coach Gary Patterson said KaVontae Turpin has been kicked off the team.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) October 23, 2018
Turpin, who was arrested late Sunday night, is accused of dragging a female acquaintance across a parking lot and slamming her to the ground, following a domestic incident. Once news broke Monday morning, it was revealed that Turpin had a previous incident this summer involving the same woman, in New Mexico - but that initially, it was reported as property damage involving a fine and a ticket. Patterson read off of the court documents at the press conference.
Patterson had this to say on his Monday conference call, in addressing Turpin’s status:
“He’s suspended,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “My track record speaks for itself. We’re gathering information. But he probably won’t play against Kansas. We haven’t received any information, a police report or anything. But he knows how all that goes. All of them [the players] do.”
Patterson has a long track record of handling players involved in violent situations swiftly and directly, and as such, Tuesday’s news comes as no surprise.
GP: Kavontae will not be allowed to be on our football team anymore. This is not something that can be tolerated.— PurpleMenace.com (@TCU_Rivals) October 23, 2018
It is a disturbing and sad situation for all involved, but clearly the right decision for Gary Patterson and TCU Football.