Former TCU Football Player Pleads Guilty In Assault Case

Chris Sommer
April 29, 2019 - 5:20 pm
KaVontae Turpin

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Former TCU football standout KaVontae Turpin pleaded guilty Monday over an October 2018 assault on his girlfriend.

As part of the plea agreement, Turpin will serve two years' deferred adjudication probation and must complete a 27-week Partner Abuse Intervention Program through SafeHaven of Tarrant County.

During the incident last fall, officers from the Fort Worth Police Department were dispatched to an apartment complex near the TCU campus, following 911 calls from neighbors about a loud argument. When officers arrived, witnesses said they had seen Turpin "manhandle" the woman, dragging her across the parking lot while she screamed for someone to call for help. After interviewing the woman, police took Turpin into custody.

Turpin was indicted earlier this month. On Monday, he pleaded guilty to Assault Causing Bodily Injury - Family Violence.

TCU Head Football Coach Gary Patterson kicked Turpin off the team last fall, after word of the Fort Worth arrest, and of a second incident in New Mexico earlier in 2018.

The 5'9" Turpin spent three and a half years in the TCU football program. He was a first-team All-Big 12 choice as a kick returner in 2017. Turpin holds the school record for special teams touchdowns, with six. Reports indicate he is hoping to get a shot with an NFL team.​