Three Tarleton State University men's basketball players were taken into custody early Sunday morning for fighting in a parking lot on Washington Street.
According to Lt. Doug McClammy with the Stephenville Police Department, an officer was on patrol shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday when she told dispatchers she was pulling into the parking lot between Antonio's and Sonic. The officer requested backup, reporting a large crowd of people - between 100-150.
The officer reported she could hear screaming and yelling and thought she heard someone yell "fight." Before the crowd could disperse, officers arrested seven suspects for disorderly conduct - fighting, a class C misdemeanor.
Emmanuel Andrews, 22, Damion Earl Clemons, 20, and Cameron Earl Lenzy, 20, all Tarleton students, were arrested for fighting. Others arrested were Keith Ray Bryant, 18, Quinton LaRay Grant, 18, Jonathan Von-Eric Hunt, 18, and Deon Ray Price, 19. Several of the students attend Cisco Junior College.
The suspects were released after paying a $350 fine.
Clemons and Lenzy were listed as sophomores on the 2012-13 men's basketball roster. And while both saw playing time for the Tarleton Texans during last year's winning season, Clemons started several games including the 2013 Lone Star Conference Championship.
Andrews is a new TSU Texan. The Tarleton Sports Information Department issued a press release in May announcing the signing of the JUCO standout from Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina. While there is no roster for the 2013-14 season, reports indicate they would all play in the upcoming season.
"We hold our student-athletes to a very high standard at Tarleton State. These student-athletes are visible to not only people on campus, but to the community as well," said Tarleton Athletic Director and head men's basketball coach Lonn Reisman. "They are role models and actions like this are very disappointing to me. I am still investigating the situation that took place and once this matter has been thoroughly looked into, I will take the appropriate disciplinary actions. I take all situations like this very seriously. Players know my expectations of them and they are aware that I will not tolerate behavior of this nature."