UT trio faces misdemeanor charges

Updated: May 8, 2012, 11:19 AM ET
By Carter Strickland | HornsNation

AUSTIN, Texas -- Three Texas football players and one former player were briefly detained early Monday morning outside of a downtown night spot.

Current Longhorns Kenny Vaccaro, Alex Okafor, Barrett Matthews and former UT player Eryon Barnett were arrested and charged with failure to obey, a misdemeanor, on the 300 block of West Sixth Street, according to Austin Police Department Public Information Officer Anna Sabana.

Officers responded to a disturbance call at or around 1:30 a.m. Monday morning. The players had been asked to leave an establishment several times by management and had refused. Police officers arrived and also asked them to leave and again refused and were charged.

At that time, Barnett failed to properly identify himself and was arrested for failure to identify and taken to Travis County Jail.

The other three were charged with Class C misdemeanors and released.

"Everything is all good. Nothing happened. Total misunderstanding," Vaccaro wrote on his Twitter account Monday night. "Won't be standing in line for pizza ever again!"

This is the third known run-in with the law for Texas players since August. Former safety Christian Scott was arrested in August and charged with misdemeanor assault and Calvin Howell was dismissed from the team after being arrested in February for possession of a controlled substance.

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