TCU "separated" from defensive end Devonte Fields today after a woman who said she had dated him accused him of pointing a gun at her and punching her in the face over the weekend.
Just last week, the redshirt sophomore was named the Big 12 preseason defensive MVP.
Fields has not been arrested or charged. But what his ex-girlfriend accuses him of doing in the early hours of Sunday is scary stuff, and it's being investigated. Here is how Fort Worth police recounted events in their report, according to the Star-Telegram:
... 20-year-old Haley Brown told officers that Fields had apparently been standing outside the bedroom window listening to her talk to a mutual male friend. Brown told police Fields then punched out the window of their friend's bedroom from the outside and began yelling at her.
"Haley stated that she thought Devonte was holding a gun in one of his hands and stated that he pointed it at her," the report states.
"I should blast you!" he yelled at Haley, according to the report.
The report states Fields then came to the home's front door and was let inside by their mutual friend's roommate.
"Haley stated that Devonte continued to yell at her and punched her in the face one time with a closed fist," the report states.
Haley's right cheek was swollen and she had a small cut under her eye, according to the police report. She refused to be taken to the hospital—and told police that she did not want to press charges. Fields was gone by the the time police arrived.
Again, it's important to say that Fields hasn't been arrested. The case is under investigation, and Sgt. Raymond Bush told the Star-Telegram that Fields "has been listed as a suspect on a domestic disturbance in Fort Worth."
TCU later released a statement saying the separation would continue pending the investigation's results. What does "separated" mean? That's a good question the statement doesn't answer. All it adds is that the university will also undergo its disciplinary process "which may result in disciplinary action."
Update: TCU spokesman Mark Cohen got back to us with what "separated" means. Fields "is denied access to the university and its activities."
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