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Pair of Red Raiders charged with felony credit card abuse

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And, no, they didn’t beat up a Visa card.

Rather, two playing members of the Texas Tech football program were arrested early Friday morning following an incident at a Lubbock drinking establishment.  According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, a pair of sophomores, tight end Jace Amaro and running back Kenny Williams (pictured), were charged with one count each of felony second-degree credit card abuse.

Amaro was also charged with a misdemeanor count of misrepresentation of age.

As for what led to the charges, Bonnie and Clod are accused of using a credit card with a name that didn’t match either of the player’s identifications, ringing up $100 in drink charges.  And, before you ask, no, I have no clue how that dollar amount equates to a felony apiece.

The Avalanche-Journal writes that “employees of the bar became suspicious when the men were accused of offering a ‘big tip’ to a bartender”, ostensibly offered in an effort to get the Firehouse Grill and Bar to overlook the fact that the names on the card and IDs didn’t match.  It was at that point that police were called and, after thrice throwing out the obligatory “we play football!” card, the two were arrested.

The school is aware of the incident.

“Texas Tech will allow the Lubbock Police Department to conduct its investigation into the matter involving two football student-athletes,” athletic director Blayne Beal said in a statement. “Once that investigation has been completed and more facts are known, the university and head coach Tommy Tuberville will take appropriate disciplinary action if necessary.”

Both players played extensively as true freshmen in 2011, and the paper notes that has worked with the first-team offense this spring.

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10 Responses to “Pair of Red Raiders charged with felony credit card abuse”
  1. fatfreddystubbs says: Mar 10, 2012 12:56 PM

    Oh these crazy college kids and credit cards. Either they get one in their own name and screw up their credit before they’re 21, or they use someone else’s and get arrested. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

  2. supremeomega says: Mar 10, 2012 2:46 PM

    Im sure Florida fans will hold Urban Meyer responsible for this…

  3. Deb says: Mar 10, 2012 2:55 PM

    Is it my imagination, or are at least 75 percent of CFT’s off-season articles about players running afoul of the law? Gee whiz, this is getting depressing. I know they’re adults and athletic departments can’t baby-sit them 24/7 … but maybe some classes on how to get their heads out of their backsides?

  4. supremeomega says: Mar 10, 2012 3:58 PM


    Are you from Huntsville AL?

    I saw a car with Bama Flags on it when I was visiting my parents and the Deb1 license plate…was that you?!

  5. Deb says: Mar 10, 2012 4:41 PM

    @supremeomega …

    No, my dad was originally from that area, though. Considering some of the nuts I’ve attracted on here (not you, of course :) ), I hope no one else thinks that poor girl is me LOL

  6. danthemanhsv says: Mar 10, 2012 7:49 PM

    And the coach is involved in criminal fraud suit and his wife is being investigated for an accident that could send her to jail for several years. It’s ok when Craig James goes to Washington he can pardon them all.

  7. Deb says: Mar 10, 2012 9:45 PM

    Craig James is going to Washington? On the plus side, that would make him easier to ignore 😉

  8. dmcgrann says: Mar 11, 2012 12:08 AM

    Deb, well, if we were hearing about how good they practiced today, it would be a NCAA violation, wouldn’t it? Starting spring practice too early? Hearing about how well they just did on their last math test isn’t compelling journalism, I suppose.

  9. jimbo75025 says: Mar 11, 2012 6:58 AM

    Deb says:
    Mar 10, 2012 9:45 PM
    Craig James is going to Washington? On the plus side, that would make him easier to ignore


    Easy to ignore until he starts introducing legislation that requires any of his offspring to be featured receivers and receive special treatment (no matter how much they suck).

    On a serious note, I find it hard to believe that anyone would consider Craig James for any office higher than dogcatcher. All his opponent would have to do is remind everyone of the SMU mess (while James was there) and how one of the ringleaders (Sherwood Blunt) was also James’ agent once he got into the pros. He has to have some serious dirt on someone at Disney for ESPN to have hired him in the first place much less not can him for his on-air diatribe about Mike Leach.

  10. Deb says: Mar 11, 2012 6:32 PM

    @dmcgrann …

    Hadn’t thought about that. Guess it would be too much to hope for them to be spending their off time doing charity work, huh? :)

    @jimbo75025 …

    Half kidding there … much as I’d like to ignore politicians, I try to stay informed. Like you, can’t imagine who’d elect Craig James to a responsible post. But as Dilbert would say, he’s got executive hair. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

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