In a short amount of time, TCU defensive end Devonte Fields went from being the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, an All-American to suspended, to out for the year for an injury. And now this - Fields told the Fort Worth Police Department that he was attacked, and robbed at gun point.
That is both sad and scary, but this is where the story turns a bit odd - after the police arrived at his home, Fields "changed his mind" and said "he did not want officers/detectives searching his premises, and that he did not want to press charges.”
Because that does not look weird.
According to reports, three people attacked Fields, pointed a gun at him, punched him, etc.
That Fields did not want to press charges is his right, but it does look odd and certainly does nothing but support suspicion that the 20-year-old defensive end knew his attackers, or had some things in his home he would rather not have made public to the cops. Again, that is his business.
Fields does not have a talent issue, but there continue to be concerns that he is surrounded by some people who maybe do not have his best interests at heart. People around the program insist this is a good kid, but there are maturity issues. There is a reason these things are happening.
TCU coach Gary Patterson has defended his all-conference player, but he clearly is trying to discipline the kid at the same time.
When I asked GP about Fields' return in late December, he said: "I don't know. He went from the highest point to the lowest, and now he has to build it back up and deciding what he wants to be. What he wants to be off the field. He's a good kid."
Reading between the lines, there remains an issue. Ultimately, it's going to be on Devonte Fields.
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