Thursday, September 13, 2007
Senior safety Gatewood suspended indefinitely by Longhorns
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas senior safety Tyrell Gatewood was
suspended indefinitely Thursday after his arrest on drug charges,
the fifth arrest of a Longhorns player since June.
Freshman defensive back Ben Wells, 18, who was riding with
Gatewood when he was pulled over late Wednesday, was given a
citation for possession of drug paraphernalia and released.
Gatewood, 22, was charged with two counts of possession of a dangerous drug. It was his second drug-related arrest in a year,
although misdemeanor possession charges were dropped after his
arrest last September. He was suspended for a game.
"We've talked to Tyrell and his family and decided to suspend
him indefinitely, pending the completion of the legal process,"
Texas coach Mack Brown said. "He will not be involved in any team
functions at this time."
Gatewood and Wells were pulled over by a Travis County sheriff's deputy for failing to signal a turn. Smelling marijuana, the deputy
searched the vehicle and found pot, Xanax and a baby bottle full of
codeine cough syrup, said Travis County sheriff's spokesman Roger
Bond was set for Gatewood at $2,500 for each count, but he was released on personal recognizance. Gatewood also was being held on
an arrest warrant from Dallas County on a reckless driving charge
from March. Bond for that charge was set at $500.
Linebacker Sergio Kindle and defensive end Henry Melton, both arrested on drunken driving charges during the summer, are serving
three-game suspensions that will end after Saturday's game at
Freshman linebacker Dre Jones was suspended indefinitely last month after being charged with aggravated robbery. Former safety
Robert Joseph was charged in the same incident. Joseph had already
left the team after being arrested in a separate incident earlier
in the summer.