TCU defensive end Devonte Fields said he was at the scene of a July 20 incident with his ex-girlfriend but denied assaulting her, according to court documents obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The ex-girlfriend retracted her initial claim that she thought Fields pointed a handgun at her, the arrest warrant affidavit states.
TCU defensive end Devonte Fields said he was at the scene of a July 20 incident with his ex-girlfriend but denied assaulting her, according to court documents obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The ex-girlfriend retracted her initial claim that she thought Fields pointed a handgun at her, the arrest warrant affidavit states.
Fields, the preseason defensive player of the year in the Big 12, was separated from TCU pending the results of a police investigation.
He reportedly turned himself in on July 24 on a warrant for assault with bodily injury of a family member.
Haley Brown, a TCU student, told investigators she broke up with Fields in June after a two-year relationship. The affidavit states that Brown corroborated details in the police report described by a detective.
The Star-Telegram relayed details of the affidavit:
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 at, 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 toward 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.
Fields was reportedly arrested last Thursday.
Fields, 20, was named the conference's defensive freshman of the year in 2012 after recording 10 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss, but played in only three games last season due to a suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules as well as a foot injury.
- Chris Johnson