Skip to content

Cases dismissed, Texas trio not facing game suspensions

Robert Griffin III, Alex Okafor AP

An “incident” at a local pizza shop last month won’t cost three members of the Texas football program any playing time three or so months from now, head coach Mack Brown confirmed Wednesday.

Defensive end Alex Okafor (pictured), safety Kenny Vaccaro and tight end Barrett Matthews were all arrested very early in the morning of May 7 and each cited for failure to obey a lawful order.  The trio had been asked to leave the establishment and refused, leading to the citations.

The cases, however, have been dismissed, meaning the only discipline the three will be facing is of the internal variety.

They will not miss a game, but they’re really paying hard for not being respectful to authority figures,” Brown said Wednesday according to the San Antonio Express-News. “I think they’ve learned some hard lessons.”

All three of the players are listed as 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.

Permalink 6 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Big 12 Conference, Rumor Mill, Texas Longhorns, Top Posts
6 Responses to “Cases dismissed, Texas trio not facing game suspensions”
  1. saints97 says: Jun 14, 2012 8:57 AM

    Haha, Red McCombs and Joe Jamail have $poken again!

    And here comes the parade of Longhorn posters talking about overzealous cops…

  2. kozbee says: Jun 14, 2012 9:51 AM

    Mack Brown your getting to soft in your old age or did you do it due to them being all starters.

  3. florida727 says: Jun 14, 2012 10:24 AM

    Brown said… “I think they’ve learned some hard lessons.”

    Yep. They sure did, Coach. They learned they can have total disregard for lawful behavior. They learned that, as starters, different rules apply to them. And they learned that winning football games is far more important than learning lessons regarding accountability and responsibility. And Coach, THANK YOU for helping move that learning curve along.

    Just a guess here, but I’m thinking the pizza place owner “dropped the charges” because if they didn’t, they could count on zero patronage by Longhorn fans going forward. “Business decision”, right?

  4. bertenheim says: Jun 14, 2012 11:37 AM

    There are different rules for football players because there are too many losers whose self-worth is tied to the success of “their” team.

  5. deucez2 says: Jun 14, 2012 10:57 PM

    Typical Longhorn bash crowd that is out on every Texas thread and know nothing of the situation or how it was rectified. The players were being loud and mouthy when a police officer asked them to move on. They didn’t and were taken to jail. I say rightly so. There wasnt anything to charge them with. The pizza joint owner didnt ask them to leave or press charges. The 3 guys also didn’t get a pass from the coaching staff. Bennie Wylie, the S&C coach (YouTube him and you’ll see he is a beast) ran these guys numerous times to the point of exhaustion and sickness. Mack was pissed because two are supposed to be leaders as seniors and early round draft picks. This info comes from two of the players fathers. The team got to watch their last round of punishment (workout) so they realized no player is above the team and how there are consequences for acting like a fool.

  6. teedraper says: Jun 15, 2012 1:01 AM

    UCK the police!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!