Four Texas Tech football players were arrested and booked into the Lubbock County Jail early Sunday morning, as first reported by friend of the site Jarret Johnson at InsidetheRedRaiders.
Texas Tech quarterback Jett Duffey was arrested and charged with criminal mischief, cornerback Desmond Smith-Williams and safety Christian Malik Shakur Taylor were also booked into the Lubbock County Jail, plus wide receiver Quan Shorts was arrested as well. Taylor has reportedly been charged with criminal mischief as well. Shorts and Smith-Williams were charged with disorderly conduct.
All four players were booked between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Texas Tech Athletics released a statement on Sunday saying “Texas Tech Athletics was made aware this morning of an incident involving members of our football program. We are still looking into the matter at this time.”
Criminal mischief and disorderly can be relatively harmless, depending on what was going on, but regardless, this is a horrible look for the Texas Tech program, that has struggled to find itself under Kliff Kingsbury. In many ways, Sunday shows where the two major revenue-producing programs are at Texas Tech. The basketball team is in the Elite 8 for the first time in program history and preparing for Villanova at 1:20 CT, while Texas Tech is seeing four players get arrested.
But one thing we give Kingsbury a lot of credit for, he takes no BS. As one of our contributors, Cam Brock, texted me, “Under Tommy Tuberville, these guys would become starters. Under Kingsbury, they’re probably gone, if not severely disciplined.”
Let’s see how this plays out, but it’s certainly the last thing Kingsbury and the program want to deal with right now.