TCU wide receiver KaVontae Turpin arrested after allegedly assaulting girlfriend

TCU football standout KaVontae Turpin was arrested on suspicion of assault with bodily injury of a family member early Sunday morning after allegedly dragging his girlfriend across a parking lot and slamming her to the ground.

According to an affidavit obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Monday afternoon, Turpin's girlfriend told police that the senior wide receiver believed she was sending pictures of herself to other people and grew angry. She said Turpin "dragged" her across a parking lot and wrestled with her until she was able to escape and ask a neighbor to call police. 

USA TODAY Sports does not name victims of domestic violence.

Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson said on the Big 12 coaches' teleconference Monday that Turpin, who was a first-team all-conference selection as a kick returner last season, has been suspended from the team as the university gathers information.

"Everybody knows how I handle things like this, anytime we have a situation like this," Patterson said. "We're gathering information, but at this point in time, he probably won't play against Kansas (on Saturday)."

The university also issued a statement to USA TODAY Sports and other media outlets, confirming that it was aware that one of its students had been arrested "for a reported domestic situation."

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"The university takes these types of reports very seriously and is continuing to gather information to determine next steps," the statement reads. "TCU expects its students to behave in an ethical manner, abide by campus policies and adhere to state and federal law.

"The student also may face a charge of violating the University Code of Student Conduct, the results of which are independent and separate from any legal charges."

According to the affidavit released, police were called to a Fort Worth apartment complex shortly before midnight Saturday, a little more than nine hours after TCU's 52-27 loss to No. 8 Oklahoma. Turpin returned a kickoff 99 yards for one score and then caught a 41-yard touchdown pass later in the game.

A witness told police that he heard screaming from the parking lot and rushed to his balcony, when he saw Turpin "manhandle" his girlfriend by wrapping one arm around her neck and pulling her as she kicked and tried to resist. They separated briefly, the witness said, but another physical confrontation later ensued. Turpin eventually sped off in his girlfriend's car, according to the affidavit, before returning to the scene.

Turpin was uncooperative when officers arrived while his girlfriend was distressed and crying, according to police. The couple has been together for five years, the affidavit states.

Turpin was booked into jail Sunday and later released on a $1,000 bond, according to Tarrant County (Texas) jail records.

A 5-foot-9 receiver from Louisiana, Turpin is the second-leading receiver on the Horned Frogs' roster this season with 29 catches, 410 receiving yards and three touchdown catches through seven games.

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