Warrant: TCU star denies assaulting ex-girlfriend

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The ex-girlfriend of Devonte Fields told police she initially thought the TCU defensive end had a handgun during a recent domestic dispute but later recanted that claim, according to court documents obtained Wednesday by the Star-Telegram.

Fields, who turned himself in July 24 on an assault with bodily injury of a family member warrant, admitted being at the scene but denied ever assaulting the victim, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Fields, 20, the Big 12’s preseason defensive MVP, remains free on bond in the case. He’s been “separated” from TCU pending the criminal case, meaning he is not allowed on campus.

Haley Brown, also a TCU student, told investigators that she had broken up with Fields on June 1 after a two-year relationship.

The alleged assault occurred at a home in the 2700 block of Lubbock Avenue around 3:30 a.m. July 20.

According to the affidavit, Brown had been visiting a friend, talking to him in the bedroom, when she heard Fields screaming insults at her from outside the bedroom window. The window was then shattered and Brown told police that she saw Fields outside the broken window.

Fields then went to the front door, where he was let inside by her friend’s roommate. He charged through the house to the rear bedroom where Brown was, the affidavit states.

“The defendant [Fields] lunged at the victim and threw a punch towards her face,” the affidavit states. “The victim dodged the blow and fell to the floor.”

Brown had regained her footing and was attempting to defend herself by striking back at Fields when, according to the affidavit, he “punched at her again and struck her in the left jaw and right cheek area of her face.”

Brown, who suffered bruising, swelling, and bleeding, fell to the floor again but was able to escape to the bathroom where she called 911, the affidavit states.

The witnesses convinced Fields to leave the scene, according to the affidavit.

The arrest warrant affidavit states Brown “initially thought” Fields had a handgun, prompting the police report to be labeled as an aggravated assault.

According to the police report, Brown told responding officers that she thought Fields was holding a gun in one of his hands and that he pointed it at her, yelling “I should blast you!”

Brown verified the details described in the police report when contacted by phone July 21 by Detective C.W. Hubbard, the affidavit states.

But on July 22, in a meeting with the detective, she completed a revised written statement in which she recanted the handgun claim, the affidavit states.

Fields and his attorney also met with the investigator that same day. Fields provided his own written statement, admitting being at the house but denying he ever assaulted Brown, the affidavit states.

Assault with bodily injury to a family member is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

THE DEVONTE FIELDS FILE

July 24 Fields turned himself in on an assault with bodily injury of a family member warrant.

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

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