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Texas Tech football players say they're innocent; they remain on the team

Texas Tech football players Kenny Williams and Jace Amaro, arrested early Friday on state jail felony charges, claim no wrongdoing in a statement released by their respective attorneys Tuesday afternoon.

Posted: March 13, 2012 - 11:11am  |  Updated: March 14, 2012 - 12:26am
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Texas Tech football players Kenny Williams and Jace Amaro, arrested early Friday on state jail felony charges, claim no wrongdoing in a statement released by their respective attorneys Tuesday afternoon.

Williams and Amaro, both freshmen, face charges of unauthorized use of a credit/debit card, according to the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office.

Amaro’s attorney, Chuck Lanehart, wrote in a prepared statement: “Jace denies committing the offenses for which he was arrested, and he looks forward to a thorough investigation that will clear him of these accusations.”

Williams’ attorney, David Hazlewood, released a similar statement: “Kenny denies the allegations for which he was arrested and is confident that a full investigation will clear him of this charge.”

A police report states Amaro and Williams are accused of making a purchase on a Bank of America debit card without having the “effective consent of the card holders” early Friday at the Firehouse Grill and Bar, 1719 Buddy Holly Ave. The report states Amaro was in possession of and used an altered driver’s license.

They were released on their own recognizance this weekend.

Williams’ high school football coach said he was “absolutely surprised” Friday night when he heard about the arrest.

“He’s a good kid,” said Hendrickson (Pflugerville) football coach Chip Killian. “I mean, he’s got a great set of parents. I think the only problems I had was him wearing his earrings to the field house.”

Killian added that Williams “didn’t have any red flags at all; I’m hoping this is a one-time, isolated incident.”

Williams’ father, Kenneth Williams, declined to comment when reached by phone Monday evening.

Attempts to contact Amaro’s family and high school coach were unsuccessful.

Amaro, who attended MacArthur High School in San Antonio, and Williams were highly touted recruits for Tech’s 2011 class.

Both of the attorneys’ statements express the players’ regret for the negative attention brought to Tech and its football program, and both point out the high level of cooperation the two players exhibited with bar management and police.

Blayne Beal, associate athletic director at Tech, said the two are still on the team and cautioned people to not rush to judgment or make any rash decisions regarding the players’ arrests.

Beal said Amaro and Williams have discussed the incident with athletics officials.

He said he could not release any specifics about what the pair told Tech officials when interviewed.

Both returned home to their respective families for this week’s spring break vacation, he added.

“In all of these situations, we are in a fact-gathering process,” Beal said, speaking generally about Tech’s procedures. “That’s our No. 1 goal is to try to find out what happened in these situations; we don’t make rash decisions. We just talk to both our student athletes, assist with law enforcement, and if decisions need to be made from the university’s standpoint, they will be based on the facts and not made on allegations.”

Amaro and Williams were charged with two state jail felony counts, while Amaro also was charged with a misdemeanor count of misrepresentation of age.

A state jail felony is punishable by 180 days to two years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Beal said the team is off for spring break and will report back Monday. He did not offer a time frame for when Amaro’s and Williams’ ordeal will be resolved.

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Finally

Finally, someone who's rational. " That’s our No. 1 goal is to try to find out what happened in these situations; we don’t make rash decisions. We just talk to both our student athletes, assist with law enforcement, and if decisions need to be made from the university’s standpoint, they will be based on the facts and not made on allegations.” What will the manzy panzy's turn & twist this into?

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Great opening comment

That is the perfect comment to start with, Big D. Not only is there nothing more for Tech to say at this point, there is nothing more that they SHOULD say. Nobody---not you, nor I, nor any of the notorious "spinmasters" that frequent this forum can turn Mr. Beal's statement into anything negative, questionable, or the least bit shady. This is how the process is supposed to work. If the facts aren't in by next Monday, I believe they'll most likely be officially suspended (but still a part of the team, of course) until the investigation is complete.

After the criminal investigation is finished, Tech will take whatever appropriate action, if any, is called for. One thing is for certain---Coach Tuberville has proven on more than one occasion that he will not hesitate to discipline a player who has screwed up.

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Innocence Should Be A Simple Matter of Clarification

Innocence Should Be A Simple Matter of Clarification. They either had the permission of the card holder or they didn't. Contacting and questioning the card holder should clear up any misunderstanding. Unless, of course, they need more time and money to buy his testimony.

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hahaha

hahahah the Lubbock police force perform a thorough Investigation? you mean like the one they did after the red light episode? I really like Tech's stance that they "won't jump to conclusions." had they not jumped on with both feet two years ago y'all wouldn't be trying to sway public opinion the second a story hits.....

nice try guys.....

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Let me Understand This

"Texas Tech football players Kenny Williams and Jace Amaro claim no wrongdoing in a statement released"

"Blayne Beal, associate athletic director, said the two are still on the team and cautioned people to not rush judgment or make any rash decisions regarding the players’ arrest"

So, Texas Tech athletic officials are saying that drinking under age (19) for which they weren't even charged with, should not effect the players position on the team.

Hmmm? ..... Ok Tech, Party On!

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Perfect

I'm surprised Tubberville is keeping them. Wouldn't this be the perfect excuse if he fails next year? "We would have stopped this score or that score potentially, but losing some key players in the offseason really hurt us........" Hoping we have a year that demonstrates success, but not seeing that in many of our men or women’s athletic teams these days.

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Guitarman1

Tech officials said nothing of the sort. They simply addressed the charges against them. This whole thing, in total, will be addressed later, so give your snide remarks a rest. Btw, Coach Leech sucks.

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kfinn

Kfinn you make no sense. You need to learn to think. Your logic is illogical. Not to mention that both players are on offense and wouldn't have "stopped this score".

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Rash judgements abound.

I've read the report several times and I never remember it saying they were drinking alcohol. It says they bought a "round of drinks", but does not say what or if they were actually drinking or just buying for others. I know this sounds a bit innocent, but don't you think that if they were going to cover something up they would cover up the fraud part and just slap them on the wrist for underage drinking? I also doubt that the LPD would be quick to charge them with state felonies and forget about the other. This whole situation is being blown up for the media and people are forgetting that these are two kids who made a mistake and are being hung out to dry for it. This happens all the time, it's just this time it's public because of who they are. Wait for the investigation and try to remember all the dumb stuff you did as a kid before you open your mouth.

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rj1950 has it right

This should be a relatively easy matter to clear up if they are telling the truth by alledging they had permission to use the card. What possibly could be in it for the cardholder to pursue this??? Think about it people.

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Not drinking???

Oh yes sos2979, I am sure a couple of young college guys in a bar buying rounds of drinks for people and not partaking in the beverages would really be having a good time on a Friday night in the Depot district. Now that is a good one.

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Not Drinking????

Perhaps they needed companionship and were buying the drinks for young ladies. If so, could the police charge them with promotion of prostitution.

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Image

I don't judge them for "allegedly" doing what they did. Did I partake in underage drinking while at Tech, yes. That's not the "big picture" here. What is, is this. Two Tech football players did something they shouldn't have that brought a NEGATIVE image to the ENTIRE university. Would Texas Tech have the same stance for the next 19 year old average Joe caught doing the same thing?

The fact that we're even READING about this says it all. Like it or not, athletes are the face of the university and what they do compounds itself to what we have now. These young men and women need to know that when they signed on the dotted line to play sports for a free education, in return they'll be held (or should be) to higher standards than "normal" students. They get the glory and the goods when they do good, they need to be able to take the responsibility and repercussions for when they don't. Whether they accept it or not, they're role models and representatives of Texas Tech University.

"Strive for HONOR evermore...."

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Not passing judgement or

Not passing judgement or suspicions of guilt or innocence but if they weren't drinking why did one of these representatives of Texas Tech and the Texas Tech Football Program have an altered ID?

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BigD

I wholeheartedly disagree. Hance and the BOR made a "rash" decision in Dec 09. They listened to an idiot and made their minds up before knowing all the facts. They created a witch hunt and fired the best coach we have ever had because a cheater claimed his son was "mistreated"

Can't have it both ways. If you demand innocence before being proven guilty for the players, you should have demanded the same thing from our administration in Dec 09. I promise you, had all the facts been investigated, Tech fans might not be so divided. Had Leach been found "guilty" of mistreating a player or telling hance to eff off, then he would have been rightfully dismissed. Instead, we will never know because Tech is hiding behind sovereign immunity.

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TuberHanceHater

Per the norm, you and your "kind" leave out one important fact. Mike Leach made the first rash decision. He had the opportunity to cooperate, and instead chose to "lawyer up" and fight.

The process, when there is an allegation (not proof, just an allegation), demands that Tech, as well as any other entity in a similar situation, SUSPEND the ALLEGED offender pending the outcome of an investigation. Said entity CAN NOT---UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES---allow the ALLEGED offender to have any contact with students during the course of the investigation. If Tech had allowed Leach access to the team, and the allegations turned out to be true, they would have been in a tremendous position of liability. Therefore, they had no choice but to suspend Leach until an investigation was done.

Here's where Leach acted rash, and screwed himself. He should have accepted the suspension and let the investigation run its course. At the conclusion, when the investigation revealed no wrongdoing, he most likely would have been reinstated, and would still be the head coach at Tech today (unless he left on his own). Had still may have been fired, he could have still sued, but he would have had a stronger case, with fewer question marks directed toward him. Leach screwed up by fighting the suspension.

So before you accuse Tech's admin of making a rash decision 2 years ago, you must acknowledge that their decision was a reaction to Leach's rash decision. He effectively fired himself.

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Elby

Wrong again. Leach only "lawyered up" when he wouldn't sign an affidavit apologizing to the James family which resulted in his suspension. The Tech Administration, more specifically Hance and certain members of the BOR, made a rash decision to pacify a known cheater and suspended Leach without knowing all the facts.

Same story with Kenny and Jace, only Tech is allowing due process. If Tech were consistent, they would suspend Kenny and Jace until the facts are proven. They haven't and now they are being called out on it.

You hancers can't have it both ways. In accordance to the way Tech handles things, Tuberville should have made the players sign a document that they wouldn't steal debit cards anymore. If they refused, then they should have been suspended.

See how that works and the double standard that Tech is using. Go pick up Double T Double Cross, which is written by an outsider and you will realize we have a "less than honorable" person running this great University

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Wrong again...

It is YOU who have the facts wrong. Leach lawyered up in order to file for the temporary restraining order---to be allowed to coach the Alamo Bowl.

Oh, and the document Leach "refused" to sign made NO mention of the word "again", or "anymore". It made NO reference to past behavior. It was worded specifically to address guidelines for future behavior.

How are you not totally deaf due to the loud "whir" of the black helicopters in your heads?

Also, "Double-T, Double-Cross" was a good read, but far from unbiased. It was extremely one-sided.

Finally, as for Jace and Kenny---Tech resumes spring practice next Monday. That means they have the rest of this week and the weekend before you can call their situation a "double standard". I would bet you just about anything that they will not practice with the team again until the facts are in and their investigators are satisfied with the outcome. The fact that they haven't been suspended yet could have something to do with the entire institution being "closed" this week. See what happens when practice resumes. They will either be suspended or "cleared". If I'm wrong, I'll come back on this very thread and eat my words---publicly. Do you have the balls to do the same if YOU are wrong?

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Innocent until provern guilty...

LOOK: Jace Amaro and Kenny Williams are excellent young men and very good football players. Their miss-step was working into the Fire/sh..hole Grill; where the ungrateful help decided that two minority young men were somehow not legit.This only shows that Lubbock has never grow-up and is still very divided along racial lines and the gringo is still very prejudice against what they precieve to be minorities. Why call the cops? Which, in the long haul is still going to hurt the Hell-Hole-Grill because appearantly they were serving alchohol to technically minors. Here also, is where the ' heat' (the establishment screwed-up) they charged the young men with the wrong offense. They had permission to use the ' card '...now the Lubbock PD wants to say it was not effective consent . Well, what did the Police want ...a written affidavit in the youngmen's back-pocket? The offense was a simple ticket for misrepresentation of age to sit in a bar and order alcohol. Since this was not the offense charged....' Drop-It '. Texas Tech has had enough negative publicitiy for abusing their own. Zipp-It .

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Charliemoney

Uh....Charliemoney....Amaro is white.

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Who is paying for these lawyers?

NCAA should investigate who is paying these lawyers. I doubt either of these guys is paying for it themselves as college students. If it is their parents, then no problem. Anyone else asociated with tech, big problem. Follow the money! AJ, do your job and have your reporter ask each lawyer who is paying the fee and how much it is. The lawyers are probably not men enough to answer but you should ask it anyway! And no, lawyer/client confidentiality has nothing to do with who paid the retainer nor how much it is!

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BillyWayne

That was my point BillyWayne (ark?) My logic is illogical....LOL

Learn to think? I'm thinking that our athletics across the board have taken a nose dive, and we hear nothing but strange and silly excuses.

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Charlie3

You seem to know a lot about what happen that night were you there? If so then why don't you come forward and give a statement to the police.

It is funny how there is always that person who can take an event and make it a racial issue. If the young males were in fact given permission to use the card then where was the person who gave them the permission? If he was there it seems he could have prevented all this.

If they did not have consent to use the card then it is a criminal offense and has nothing to do with race. Sounds like you have a chip on your shoulder and are the racist.

As far as TTU wanting to get to the bottom of this and assist the police that is a joke. When it comes to the men’s football and basketball players they circle the wagons and protect them. It would be interesting to find out who is paying the attorneys.

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Permission

One question nobody sems to know anything about and it is a minor thing, but what kind of card was it. Visa, Mastercard, American Express etc. Was the card a debit card or a credit card. I have heard both.

I do not know the rules governing the use of debit cards, but I do klnow that American Express does not allow the use of their card by anybody bu the cardholder. I think Mastercard used to allow others to use their credit cards, but I have not read terms and conditions lately.

This does not affect the legal issues, as it is a contractual issue between the credit/debit card company and the card holder. I would hope that it was not a debit card, since that money comes directly out of the cardholders bank account.

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I struck a sour Note , huh?

Air Station: So I hit the wrong ' note ' ....the Racist Card...opps. But I just speak as a ' Citizen ' that has seen great progress in Lubbock, Texas, yet the ' Racist Image problem' seems to always sneak in there somehow; could it be the general attitudes ingrain in the town's mentality? Because, I thought the division and the culture contrast in Lubbock were a thing of the past. Yet, we hear Lubbock's Mayor Tom Martin still refer to East Lubbock as , " The Sewer Part of Town". How would you catagorize that Air Station ? How would you catagorize Lubbock City councilman Jim G. (on the Air ...on the Radio) say that during his time on the City Council the worst mistake was, " Annexing Junk like Carlisle " ? How would you catagorize Texas Tech axing their Head Football Coach just hours before a very important game and appearantly only 1 day short of his ' Bonus ' . So you see; we do have an image problem and since I am not into PR, I just call it as I see. Does that make me ' Racist '? I don't think so; it only makes me what I am ' A Citizen ' the expesses his opinion by the observation he see. By-The-Way, I know the Amaro family and they are outstanding .

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Elby

It's pointless to argue with you. The one thing I will mention is that Double T Double Cross was written by an Aggie with no bias towards either side. He researched all the facts and presented them in a fair manner. I'm sorry if that discredits everything that hance, the BOR and James have said.

The truth will eventually come out and if hance is proven to be correct, I will admit as much on here. However, if what Leach and Lanning say are true, I hope you will admit you were wrong and that hance should be fired immediately.

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Tech Football players

Wearing earrings to the field house, underage drinking, using a credit card without the owners consent?This is not about, or should not be about, Texas Tech's image, it is about two young men who failed to play by the rules. they are either guilty or not, and I presume innocent until proven guilty. A sobriety test on the spot and the owners statement of consent to use his or her credit card. Football players or not, if guilty, they should receive the same punishment as any other person. Stop beating around the bush and get to the point.

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@charliemoney

When people don't seem to have a legitimate stance in an argument they tend to throw the race card into the game. You obviously have your head so far up your racial angled hole you cant see sunlight. You are more of a discredit to these two young representatives of Texas Tech and the Texas Tech Football Program then they are to the two entities they've caused a black eye too.

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@jsl

Charlie will be offended by your use of the term "black eye".

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Charlie 3

The image problem we have in Lubbock is because of people like you.

You did not answer the question were you there? How do you know they had permission to use the card?

I would hate to live my life with a chip on my shoulder like you obviously have and to be as bitter.

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