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UT's Henry Arrested On Felony Charges
According to police documents, the charges against Henry are related to former Horn Robert Joseph's aggravated robbery charges in late July. Henry allegedly retaliated against witnesses to the Joseph incident.
Texas head coach Mack Brown released the following statement Tuesday morning:
"It's unfortunate that we have just been informed of the situation or we would have been able to address it when it allegedly occurred in July. We've talked with James and his family and have decided to suspend him indefinitely. He will not be involved in any team functions at this time, pending the completion of the legal process.
Henry's arrest is the latest black eye for a Texas program stung by a recent string of headline-grabbing off-the-field incidents.
Last week, senior wide receiver Tyrell Gatewood was arrested on three misdemeanor charges after a traffic stop revealed drugs and drug paraphernalia in the car. True freshman Ben Wells, who was a passenger in Gatewood's car, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, which is a Class C misdemeanor. Gatewood has been indefinitely suspended, while Wells is still with the team.
In early June, sophomore safety Robert Joseph was arrested on two charges of burglarizing a vehicle. Just weeks later, Joseph was charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony. Shortly after, true freshman defensive tackle Dre Jones was also arrested on felony charges in connection to the same aggravated robbery. Joseph was kicked off the team, while Jones remains indefinitely suspended.
On top of all that, sophomore linebacker Sergio Kindle and junior defensive end Henry Melton were picked up on DWI charges over the summer. They both served three game suspensions and will be back with the team for Saturday's game vs. Rice.
Brown addressed his program's troubles in his Tuesday morning statement:
"I am really proud of the Texas football program and all it has stood for during our 10 years in Austin. We've built a great program within the rules with a foundation of integrity, hard work, academic commitment and winning. We unfortunately had a number of student-athletes who have been accused of making poor decisions this past summer, with James' situation joining that group. Young people who do not obey the law, University or team rules will continue to be disciplined with a stern hand and we will move forward. We continue to have a zero tolerance policy in that regard. That said, I will put our long-term record of character up against anyone and that's why these situations upset me so much. I am disappointed that our University has been publicly embarrassed because of off the field incidents, but I will not allow the actions of a few to detour from the positive accomplishments of so many in our program."
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