Fields ‘separated’ from TCU pending investigation

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The Devonte Fields file

Sunday Fields is accused pointing a gun and assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

July Fields is named the preseason defensive MVP of the Big 12 and is on the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented annually to the nation’s top defensive player, and the Walter Camp Award, presented to the nation’s best overall player.

Jan. 28 Fields told police that he was robbed and beaten in a struggle involving gunfire at his off-campus residence in the 3200 block of South University Drive. Fields later told police that he did not want officers to look inside his residence and that “he did not want to press charges,” according to a police report.

2013 Fields did not play in the season opener against LSU and played only one quarter against Southeastern Louisiana while serving part of a two-game suspension for breaking unspecified team rules in the spring. He started in TCU’s third game against Texas Tech and injured his foot. He played briefly against Oklahoma and missed the rest of the season after having surgery.

2012 After leading TCU with 10 sacks and 18.5 tackles for losses, Fields earned freshman All-America honors and was named the Big 12 defensive freshman of the year.

Feb. 17, 2012 Fields is arrested by Arlington police and is later charged in June with possessing under two ounces of marijuana. Tarrant County court records show the charge was dismissed in December 2012 under deferred prosecution, a program that gives young, low-risk offenders a second chance.

Feb. 1, 2012 Fields, a senior at Arlington Martin High School and considered one of the nation’s top-rated high school linemen, signs with TCU.

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TCU defensive end Devonte Fields is under investigation by police after his ex-girlfriend accused him of pointing a gun at her, threatening” I should blast you!” then punching her in the head at a Fort Worth home Sunday.

Fields had allegedly left the scene before officers’ arrival, according to a Fort Worth police report.

“Devonte Fields has been listed as a suspect on a domestic disturbance in Fort Worth,” confirmed Sgt. Raymond Bush, a police spokesman. “He has not been arrested.”

On Tuesday, TCU released a statement saying Fields had been “separated” from the university pending results of the investigation.

Head football Coach Gary Patterson said, “what that means is right now he’s not allowed to be on school premises.”

Fields, 21, who only played three games last year because of injury, has been selected as the preseason defensive MVP of the Big 12.

Patterson said he would let justice take it course before making a decision on Fields.

“My job is to protect the university,” Patterson said. “… So we’ll see how the investigation goes, and then we’ll find out what they have to say.”

Should Fields not play this season, Patterson said, “Well, we were the No. 2 defense in the league without him a year ago. So we’ll go play and do what we need to do.”

TCU begins practice Aug. 4.

‘Punched her in the face’

Police had been called to a domestic disturbance about 3:30 a.m. Sunday in the 2700 block of Lubbock Avenue in Fort Worth.

There, 20-year-old Haley Brown, also a TCU student, 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

Officers observed Haley’s right cheek to be swollen with a small cut under her eye. She refused to be taken to the hospital for further evaluation and told officers she did not want to pursue charges against Fields.

Police, however, told her that a report and family violence packet must be completed.

Haley told police she had dated Fields, a former standout player at Arlington Martin High School, for two years but that the couple had broken up on June 1.

Incident in January

In January, Fields had reported to Fort Worth police that he was robbed and beaten in a struggle involving gunfire outside his residence in the 3200 block of South University Drive.

According to that report, Fields told police that three men came up behind him as he was walking to his residence, pistol-whipped him, and pushed him inside. He said two of the suspect then assaulted him while the third stole a cellphone, baseball caps, a pair of tennis shoes and an Xbox video game system.

Fields told police that the struggle moved outside, where one of the suspected pointed a gun at him and threatened to kill him. He said he grabbed that suspect’s forearm and that five shots were fired into the air before the suspects fled in a Honda. Police collected five spent .40-caliber casings from the yard near the driveway.

Fields later told police that he did not want officers to look inside his residence and that “he did not want to press charges,” according to a police report.

Staff writer Carlos Mendez contributed to this report.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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