Texas Christian University quarterback Trevone Boykin was arrested early Thursday and charged with felony assault of a police officer after fans at a bar were allegedly heckling the one-time Heisman Trophy contender.
Boykin was arrested in San Antonio overnight after fighting at a bar and striking a bicycle patrol officer, San Antonio police said.
Boykin was swiftly suspended for the Alamo Bowl in an abrupt and inglorious end to a brilliant college career.
"Trevone Boykin and Preston Miller have been suspended for Saturday’s game due to a violation of team rules," head coach Gary Patterson said in a statement. "We are disappointed in their actions and apologize to the TCU Horned Frogs Nation, Valero Alamo Bowl and city of San Antonio."
Patterson didn't specify which rule was violated or what Miller's role was.
On Friday morning Patterson addressed the media coverage of the incident. "I was a little disappointed yesterday that everything that was basically talked to my kids about was about Trevone Boykin," said Patterson. "We are here to play Oregon, so if we are going to make this a press conference about him, I think we are ruining San Antonio, we are ruining the bowl game and we're saying everybody else that plays at TCU is not important."
Boykin and some friends were at Pat O'Brien's ahead of Saturday's Alamo Bowl matchup against the Oregon Ducks when other patrons recognized him and "exchanged words," according to NBC affiliate WOAI in San Antonio.
Boykin reportedly became upset and started trying to punch them just before 2 a.m. After Boykin struck a bar employee, he and his friends were removed from the establishment, authorities said.
San Antonio bicycle patrol officers arrived shortly after and, along with bar bouncers, tried to break up the fight. Police said Boykin's friends restrained the quarterback and told officers they would take him back to their hotel.
According to police, Boykin then started trying to punch officers who arrived to assist. Several officers took Boykin to the ground, where the fight continued until they threatened to use a stun gun on him.
Boykin was booked into the Bexar County Adult Detention Center and charged with assaulting a public servant just before 8 a.m. His bond was set at $5,000, which he posted at 10:15 a.m.
The bicycle officer was treated at the scene for lacerations to his knees, which he suffered during the fight.
TCU officials released the following statement Thursday morning:
"We are aware of a situation last night and are gathering information. We will continue to closely monitor this and evaluate additional details as they become available."
The game Saturday against No. 15 Oregon would have been the last for Boykin, a senior who shattered school passing records once held by Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and was hoping to give NFL scouts one final look as the 11th-ranked Horned Frogs wrapped up their season.
Boykin finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting as a junior in 2014 and went into this season considered one of the front-runners for the award. The dual-threat quarterback is second nationally with 381 total yards per game, but missed a game in November after awkwardly twisting his right ankle in a win over Kansas.
He sat out against Oklahoma game but returned for the TCU's regular-season finale, an overtime victory over Baylor that was played in heavy rain. He was expected to be fully healthy for the Alamo Bowl.
Boykin threw for 3,575 yards with 31 touchdowns and ran for 612 yards and 10 more scores this season. He has accounted for 56 percent of TCU's offense since 2012, and leaves with career school records for total yards (12,777), passing yards (10,728), passing touchdowns (86) and touchdowns responsible for (114).
Senior Bram Kohlhausen or redshirt freshman Foster Sawyer will start in Boykin's place.
In a message posted on Boykin's Twitter account Thursday evening, the quarterback said, in part:
"Words cannot describe how sorry I am. I truly let down my family, teammates and the TCU and Fort Worth communities who have supported me so much. I have no excuses for my very poor decision, and I'm embarrassed about it."
Associated Press Writers Seth Robbins, Paul J. Weber and Stephen Hawkins contributed to this report.