Friday, August 3, 2012
TCU quarterback Casey Pachall admitted failing drug test
Pachall said that he used cocaine, ecstasy, and marijuana.
On the day his roommate, former TCU football player Tanner Brock, was swept up in a drug arrest, quarterback Casey Pachall told police he had failed a recent student athlete drug test.
Pachall’s comments were included in a police report obtained by TCU 360 through an open records request to the Fort Worth Police Department for police records pertaining to the arrests of everyone involved in the February drug arrests. Of the 13 police reports requested, nine have been released so far; the status of three is pending, with one still being processed.
On Friday afternoon, Director of Athletics Media Relations Mark Cohen said he couldn’t comment on whether officials with the football program knew Pachall had told police he had done drugs because it is policy not to comment on personal information involving student athletes.
Cohen said Pachall is not available to comment on this matter. Pachall has yet to return an interview request from TCU 360.
According to the police report, Pachall spoke with officer J. Sandoval and Sgt. R. Johnson on the morning of the arrests. He told them he was Brock’s roommate and in the last seven months, he observed people bring narcotics into his residence and using them.
Pachall told Sandoval he never witnessed any of the residents having or using narcotics, according to the police report. He went on to tell Sandoval he had smoked marijuana as recently as a week to two weeks prior to February 15, 2012. He also said he smoked marijuana with Brock at least once in the past.
In the arrest warrant affidavit for former TCU safety Devin Johnson, Johnson told an undercover police officer that 82 players failed the team-issued test that was given the same day the program signed 23 high school recruits. Those numbers were contrary to the ones released later by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which cited an unnamed source, and said five players failed the test with 11 additional players testing positive for traces of marijuana.
Pachall told Sandoval he failed the TCU student athlete drug test and smoked marijuana a day or two prior to the test.
Pachall told Sgt. Johnson he used cocaine possibly a year prior to February 15, 2012 and ecstasy seven months prior to February 15, 2012.
Both the student athletic handbook and the athletic handbook address substance abuse and athletics department policy. On Friday, Cohen said he could not comment on the policy. He went on to say he couldn’t comment on any actions taken with regards to the spring drug test.
“I couldn’t comment on that, on what happened to the football players surrounding the drug test in the spring. That’s an internal team policy. It’s something we don’t release information on per policy,” Cohen said.
Brock was among 16 students arrested and charged with various drug-related offenses by Fort Worth Police in February. He pleaded guilty on June 7 to a charge of delivery of marijuana in an amount of more than a quarter of an ounce and greater than five pounds.
Brock was sentenced to four years probation. He must also participate in a DWI Impact panel, complete a Drug Offender Education Program and pay a $1,200 fine as well as court costs. If he fulfills the terms of his probation, the charges will be dropped from his record.
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Lexy Cruz contributed to this article.
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