Police report details arrest of four Tech football players

Police report details arrest of four Tech football players

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Duffey, photo from Lubbock County Duffey, photo from Lubbock County
Taylor, photo from Lubbock County Taylor, photo from Lubbock County
Shorts, photo from Lubbock County Shorts, photo from Lubbock County
Smith, photo from Lubbock County Smith, photo from Lubbock County
LUBBOCK, Texas -

Four Texas Tech football players are among 10 people arrested outside a bar on Main Street, just east of the Tech campus, around closing time Sunday morning.

Police were called to Bash Riprocks for a disturbance. The call indicated it may involve an armed man. A responding officer says he saw criminal mischief as he walked up to the bar. While officers were making an arrest, a crowd gathered around. According to a police report, the crowd ignored commands to get out of the street and to move back.

An officer says a woman began to advance on officers, refusing commands to back up. She was eventually arrested, along with seven others. Included in this group are football players Quan Shorts, 21, and Des Smith, 20. Smith was checked out at the hospital because a police K-9 bit him.

A separate LPD report details the Class B misdemeanor charge Jett Duffey, 20, is facing. In the same area near the bar, an officer says he saw Duffey damage property at U-Lofts. Duffey faces a charge of criminal mischief between $100 and $750.

Christian Taylor, 21, faces a similar charge. Police say he was seen smashing a windshield in front of an officer.

To this point, Duffey has been competing for the starting quarterback position. He served a two-semester suspension from Tech in 2017, imposed by the university. 

The athletic department released a statement Sunday evening: “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.”

The Red Raiders were in Midland Saturday as part of spring practice.

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