Five months after Baylor head football coach was fired for his role in the university’s sexual assault scandal, fans are selling #CAB t-shirts outside today’s game against Texas Christian to show their support for Coach Art Briles. A TCU fan who attempted to take a picture of the shirts was reportedly kicked out of the tailgate by police:
The incident between the police and the fan was noted by reporters from both the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and local television station WCAX.
Briles was fired after an independent investigation found “specific failings within both the football program and Athletics Department leadership, including a failure to identify and respond to a pattern of sexual violence by a football player, to take action in response to reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, and to take action in response to a report of dating violence.” In the past two weeks, members of the university’s Board of Regents have said that Briles was aware of an alleged gang rape involving football players and did not report it.
The shirts appear to be sold by Hurley’s Graphics and Boss Hawg Designs, LLC, a t-shirt company based in Lufkin, Texas, that announced on Facebook earlier this week they would have “a car load of #CAB gear!” to sell at Saturday’s game and added that it was “an honor” to do so.
Earlier this year, Kendal Briles—son of Art and Baylor’s offensive coordinator—expressed support for his father by displaying CAB on his hands during a game.
Update (4 p.m. ET): Waco Police Department’s public information officer, Sgt. Patrick Swanton, said he had not heard of any incidents at or around the stadium today, including anything involving the t-shirts. He confirmed Waco Police, among others, were at the tailgate.
Update (4:15 p.m. ET): Swanton now says that Waco Police did not kick anyone out of the tailgate, saying he “checked and double-checked” with the Waco officers at the stadium. As noted in the last update, other police officers were present at the tailgate.