Texas Tech football players Jace Amaro and Kenny Williams were held out of Saturday's Red-Black Game, but Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said he is taking a wait-and-see approach regarding further discipline in the wake of their recent arrests.
Amaro and Williams, both sophomores in terms of football eligibility, were arrested two weeks ago and charged with felony counts of using an unauthorized debit/credit card.
“We’re waiting to see what comes down from the charges,” Tuberville said after the scrimmage. “Unfortunate incident. They know better. You don’t know what they’re going to be charged with. You hear a lot of things, but that’s not happened yet. We’ll handle it. I don’t put up with that.”
Tuberville said Amaro, a tight end, and Williams, a running back, practiced this week leading up to Saturday’s scrimmage. They were arrested March 9 at a Depot Entertainment District bar.
“I’m not going to charge them with anything until we hear what the DA and the police say,” Tuberville said. “There’s going to be some consequences, but I’m not going to jump to any conclusions.”
Amaro and Williams were arrested about 2:20 a.m. at the Firehouse Grill and Bar, 1719 Buddy Holly Ave., after employees of the bar said they became suspicious when the men offered a “big tip” to a bartender for using the debit card that didn’t match the names on their identification cards.
“These are college guys that we’re dealing with, but we hold them to a higher standard than anybody else around here,” Tuberville said Saturday. “And they know that. They’re embarrassed. We’ll work through this. They didn’t play today, and we’ll just see what kind of charges come down.”
Police said Amaro and Williams were in possession of and used a Bank of America debit card belonging to Harrison Holmes. Amaro also was charged with a misdemeanor count of misrepresentation of age.
Holmes was on Tech’s baseball roster in 2008, although he was not on scholarship and did not make the team the subsequent spring, Blayne Beal, associate athletics director, said earlier this month.
Amaro and Williams did not come to the door Saturday afternoon at their town house listed in police records near the Tech campus.
Chuck Lanehart, a Lubbock attorney representing Amaro, said Saturday he would not comment and his client would not release a statement about Amaro’s status on the team or the investigation. Lanehart said it was news to him that his client did not play in Saturday's scrimmage.
“I don’t know anything about it,” he said.
Williams’ attorney did not return an email from The Avalanche-Journal by Saturday evening.
Amaro and Williams insisted they were innocent of the felony charges and said they regretted bringing negative attention to Tech, according to statements released through their attorneys earlier this month.
Online Lubbock County court documents show Amaro and Williams each had a pretrial hearing March 12. The documents do not reveal details about the hearing and do not indicate the next step in their cases.
Lubbock police would not release additional details about the investigation Saturday.
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