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Three ‘Horns starters arrested following night spot incident

Robert Griffin III, Alex Okafor AP

With the offseason in full swing now that every major college football program has concluded spring practice, the off-field issues have, predictably, seen an uptick as part of the slow progression into a new season.

The unfortunate football program that’s next in line is Texas, with three members of the Longhorns facing misdemeanor charges following an early-morning incident Monday.

With a tip o’ the cap to Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News, KXAN-TV in Austin is reporting that defensive end Alex Okafor (pictured), safety Kenny Vaccaro and tight end Barrett Matthews — all seniors, incidentally — were arrested very early Monday morning and charged with failure to obey a lawful order.  Another former UT player, Eryon Barnet, was charged as a result of the same incident as well.

From the station’s website:

According to police, officers were called out to a disturbance in the 300 block of East Sixth Street at 1:29 a.m.

The officers asked the four men to leave the establishment. But when they refused, the officers took them into custody, police said.

All three of the current players are starters on the most recent depth chart, with Okafor and Vaccaro serving as key cogs in UT’s defense.  Those two started all 13 games in 2011, with the former a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection and the latter a first-team pick by the coaches as well.

Matthews played in all 13 games last season, starting three of those contests.  he finished with two receptions for nine yards.

Neither UT nor head coach Mack Brown has addressed the situation as of yet.

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23 Responses to “Three ‘Horns starters arrested following night spot incident”
  1. vegasrobert says: May 7, 2012 8:19 PM

    Come on guys…. The Eyes of TX.. ring a bell? All u gotta do is say thx and leave. At least that’s all it was.
    These guys now gotta deal w the Mack truck headed their way.

  2. zurnvs says: May 7, 2012 8:32 PM

    If u r on private property and asked to leave, u have 2 choices. Leave on ur own or leave with the cops. Don’t be stupid, get ur s–t and go. Life is about the choices u make.

  3. tappstry says: May 7, 2012 8:41 PM

    Typical longhorn morons. As usual, there’s nothing good that wears burnt orange.

  4. deucez2 says: May 7, 2012 8:53 PM

    Dumb move on their part. The S&C coach is going to have some more county fair workouts just for these 3.

  5. thefiesty1 says: May 7, 2012 9:18 PM

    Dumb butts. These guys had no business on sixth street in the first place.

  6. lottsmissingfinger says: May 7, 2012 9:22 PM

    Nothing good ever happens after midnight.

    Not excusing their bone-headed behavior but it is a class C misdemeanor (fine only – not to exceed $500).

    A probable first round pick (Okafor) and borderline first rounder (Vaccaro) as well as leaders of the D need to make better decisions.

  7. Deb says: May 7, 2012 11:28 PM

    I’d love to come onto this thread and rant, rant, rant about the evil Longhorn players the way burntorangehorn is always around to rant about the evil Alabama fans and players. But some kid on some team is getting arrested every other day, and I just don’t give a damn.

  8. bowwserr says: May 8, 2012 12:40 AM

    @lottsmissingfinger – let me make an addition to your first statement. Nothing good ever happens after midnight, and NOTHING good happens on 6th St. EVER. Cmon guys. As Craig Way would say, “You gotta be kiddin me!!”

  9. emmagarcia05 says: May 8, 2012 4:00 AM

    First of all those guys should know they shouldn’t be on 6th street anyways,especially when ur an athlete for one of the biggest football programs in the country.they should of left when the cop tolled them to……(ramance Taylor,calvin Howell,rashad babino,Aaron Harris) are just some of previous longhorns who chose to dis obey the law.the good news is it didn’t involve drugs or alcohol so I dont think good old Mack will be too harsh on them.

  10. centexhorn says: May 8, 2012 4:25 AM

    You people sound old.

    Plenty of good things happen after midnight and on 6th Street. Guys meet girls, girls meet guys, they have fun together. People make friends. People crack jokes. It’s fun. Remember that??

    Getting arrested for something silly is like a rite of passage. I really don’t give any damns about this incident whatsoever. Lighten up, people. They just wanted a slice of pizza and ran into an impatient cop.

  11. emmagarcia05 says: May 8, 2012 4:38 AM

    Oh 6 street is a blast,but when ur a athlete ur held to a certain sure it was nothing but when barnie fife tells you to leave & you dont it becomes something especially when you play college ball & the university watches ur every move.these guys are not trouble makers,but the media likes to blow things out of proportion….so to avoid all that drama just stay away from 6th at night.

  12. florida727 says: May 8, 2012 8:21 AM

    Have to agree with “lottsmissingfinger”. My daughter was unusually late getting home from meeting with a friend last Saturday night. Next thing we know the phone rings. Some drunk made an illegal left turn directly in front of her and totaled her car. Fortunately, she’s okay. But the ER doctor made an interesting comment. He said his parents always told him, “go to bed the same day you woke up”. Like “lotts…” said, nothing good happens after midnight.

  13. pocketjacks00799 says: May 8, 2012 11:38 AM

    This is why Texas has a LOW LOW LOW college football graduation rate.All Mack Brown wants is a winning football team.

    If you can play football the University of Texas does not have academic admission requirements.

  14. saints97 says: May 8, 2012 11:53 AM

    Good thing these guys are starters. If they were bench warmers, Mack would cut them from the program and be lauded for running a tight ship. Since they are starters, Mack Brown will do nothing and will be lauded for giving good kids a second chance after an unfortunate incident.

  15. deucez2 says: May 8, 2012 12:40 PM

    Let’s not get carried away and use blanket comments like the poster above. It’s a class C misdemeanor which amounts to a fine and some community service. Basically, these kids had to much to drink and were loud and mouthy and got taken to jail.

    And Deb, thanks for the restraint you showed here. Cause lord knows you had some pretty harsh criticism for Colt (calling to question his competitive drive and manhood) after the National Championship game against Alabama.

  16. burntorangehorn says: May 8, 2012 1:32 PM

    @Deb, I think you’re confusing my actions. Feel free to catalog all this undue criticism of Alabama players you feel I’ve done, but I don’t think I’ve done that. What I’ve done has been to criticize Saban’s character. I understand if you don’t agree on that. As for these three, I had written a post about this, but for some reason it was lost when CFT said I wasn’t logged in, despite the fact that the page indicated I was. Ah well; here is a snippet of details from a local news article on the incident:

    *The four had just placed an order at Roppolo’s Pizza (316 E. 6th Street) a little after 1 a.m. when they were approached by a police officer, who instructed them to move along, according to a source with intimate knowledge of the situation.

    “They were at the window, waiting for their pizza and being a little loud when an officer all of the sudden came by and told them to “go on.” Apparently, the police had been notified of a confrontation between the players and a group of guys a little on up the street,” said the source. “Anyways, one of the guys got smart with the officer and, before you know it, they were all in the back of the cop car.”*

    So while I’m admittedly unfamiliar with the specifics of what constitutes a “lawful order” in Texas, I’m confused how telling a person to leave a public place qualifies. That said, I have no doubts that these kids had all consumed a fair bit of booze and were probably acting like assholes. Neither of those is an arrestable offense in itself, but they added up to some pretty stupid behavior. This is a relatively minor chare that will probably be dismissed outright, but it’s not that hard to have some drinks and not play out one’s insecurities by thumping one’s chest and yelling at other patrons and police.

    In other words, the grounds for arrest may have been questionable, but the fact is that these guys had every chance to not get arrested, and they blew it. They had it coming, and represented the program poorly. I’m hoping S&C coach Bennie Wylie smokes them like a drill sergeant, and makes them intimately familiar with every step of DKR stadium.

  17. burntorangehorn says: May 8, 2012 1:38 PM

    pocketjacks00799 says:
    May 8, 2012 11:38 AM
    This is why Texas has a LOW LOW LOW college football graduation rate.All Mack Brown wants is a winning football team.

    If you can play football the University of Texas does not have academic admission requirements
    Laughable claim. I’m familiar with the statistic you’re referencing, and its methodology is flawed to say the very least.

    As for the claim that UT doesn’t have academic requirements, that’s patently false. UT completely avoids recruiting a number of highly-rated guys who end up getting offers to many other schools, from in-conference rivals to power programs in the SEC and Pac 12.

  18. emmagarcia05 says: May 8, 2012 4:43 PM

    That satistic is wrong, ut doesint have a low percentage of graduates for football.thier are 53 longhorns currently on NFL roster’s not including the guys that just got drafted,only a handful of longhorns dont have thier degrees that are in the NFL & the players that dont make it to the NFL do graduate so get ur facts straight.

  19. Deb says: May 8, 2012 5:09 PM

    deucez2 says:

    And Deb, thanks for the restraint you showed here. Cause lord knows you had some pretty harsh criticism for Colt (calling to question his competitive drive and manhood) after the National Championship game against Alabama.
    First, that’s not restraint–it’s my usual stand on this stuff. I never get all hopped up about players’ off-field behavior the way some people do unless it’s really egregious (like murder). I don’t agree that arrest is a rite of passage, but otherwise I’m pretty in sync with centexhorn’s comment.

    Second, criticizing game performance is not the same as criticizing off-field behavior. What they do on the field is fair game for a critique. But I long ago did a mea culpa regarding Colt on PFT. I still believe he could have completed that NC game, but now feel his father forced him to leave the game. I’ve posted many times on the Browns threads that I was wrong about McCoy. Colt has more than proved himself in the pros, beginning with his first start against my Steelers. I’ve been one of his biggest defenders and think the Browns owe him the opportunity to fight for the starting job now that they’ve given him some talent in the backfield. It wasn’t his fault Hillis held the team hostage last season.

  20. Deb says: May 8, 2012 5:19 PM

    @burntorangehorn …

    Sorry, didn’t read the thesis. Said that because I still resent an ass attacking me over a completely harmless comment about “good luck getting blood out of a turnip” and turning it into something no one in his right mind could have interpeted that comment to mean. Resent you opening the door for a bunch of black-hearted goons pretending to be saints to launch more attacks. Resent fairweather friends who think defending yourself is an unforgivable sin. Really don’t care what you think of Alabama, Nick Saban, me, or anything else. Just miss when this was a fun blog and wish I had a douche repellant.

  21. pocketjacks00799 says: May 8, 2012 5:38 PM

    Here’s a list of the Big 12 programs’ graduation rates in football.


    University of Missouri 71%
    Kansas State University 69%
    Texas Tech University 69%
    University of Nebraska, Lincoln 68%
    Baylor University 64%
    Iowa State University 64%
    University of Colorado, Boulder 59%
    Oklahoma State University 59%
    Texas A&M University, College Station 57%
    University of Kansas 56%
    University of Texas at Austin 49%
    University of Oklahoma 44%

  22. ryan2907 says: May 10, 2012 11:30 AM

    The key words I got out of this article were “failure to obey a lawful order.”

    To me this could simply mean a douche cop with a power trip who was abusing power that night. I don’t take total blame off the players because they should know better, but that charge is douchy 99.9% of the time. Anyone who thinks these arrests and charges aren’t lame needs a reality check.

  23. ryan2907 says: May 10, 2012 11:44 AM


    Dry numbers for graduation rates can be missleading. Does that include players who transfer out due to playing time or personal reasons, leaving for the NFL draft? Texas, I know, has had a number of players transfer out due to playing time, and or personal reasons in the past. There should be stats behind those numbers to see where those numbers came from. I doubt that the low percentage means athletes who just don’t graduate due to in class production and failing because if they did, those players wouldn’t be eligible to play either. I’m sure those stats don’t include students who complete their degree later after their football eligibility has run out on the football field. Most bachelors degrees can take more than 4 years to graduate, especially when you don’t take summer semester classes.

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