April 23, 2014

TCU receiver Brandon Carter arrested, faces marijuana charge

Carter, a graduate of Euless Trinity High School, and a 22-year-old woman were stopped by police Tuesday afternoon in downtown Fort Worth, police say.

Troubles for TCU wide receiver Brandon Carter have now extended off the football field after his arrest Tuesday by Fort Worth police on suspicion of possession of marijuana.

Fort Worth officers were on routine patrol in the 1600 block of Calhoun Street in downtown Fort Worth about 5:12 p.m. when they ran the license plate of a 2010 Lexus and found the car had a “warrant hit,” the report states.

The officers pulled the care over and subsequently arrested its two occupants, Carter and Alexis Harris, 22, on suspicion of possessing less than 2 ounces of marijuana.

In addition, Harris, a junior who left the TCU women’s soccer team last fall, was arrested on two outstanding traffic warrants, the report indicates.

The report states Carter was driving the Lexus but Harris is the car’s owner.

Carter was released from the Mansfield jail Wednesday morning on a pre-trial release, according to jail employees.

TCU released a statement saying the school was aware of the arrest and is looking into details surrounding it.

If a student is alleged to be in violation of the university’s student code of conduct, the release said, “they are afforded a disciplinary hearing to determine personal responsibility.”

TCU football coach Gary Patterson declined to comment.

Carter, a graduate of Euless Trinity High School, came to TCU, selecting the Fort Worth college over Oklahoma, with much promise.

He was expected to be one of the top playmakers for the Horned Frogs in 2013 after finishing the 2012 season with 36 catches for 590 yards and six touchdowns.

After a season plagued with erratic play, however, Carter was granted a leave of absence from the team in November. He finished the season with 31 catches for 370 yards but no touchdowns after compiling nine in his first two seasons.

“It was a personal thing,” Patterson said at the time. “It has nothing to do with me. It had to do with him personally, off the field, and what he needed to do with his family.”

A senior in eligibility, Carter had not been allowed to practice this spring so that he can focus on school.

Carter’s incident is the latest in a series of arrests of TCU football players on alcohol or drug-related charges.

In February, receiver LaDarius Brown was kicked off the team after being arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession. His case is still pending.

Brown, 22, who attended Waxahachie High School, was arrested on Feb. 16 in the 3000 block of West Bellaire Drive.

Brown was the team’s second-leading receiver in 2013 with 393 yards and two touchdowns, and tied for the team-lead with 36 receptions. He played in all 12 games for the Horned Frogs.

Brown, 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, would have been a junior next fall.

In February 2012, four TCU players — Tyler Horn, Tanner Brock, Devin Johnson and D.J. Yendry — were arrested in a drug sting. They were dismissed from the team.

During the 2012 season, quarterback Casey Pachall left the team to seek substance abuse treatment after being arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He rejoined the team three months later.

Stefan Stevenson contributed to this report.

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