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Longhorn RB Accused Of Retaliation In July Robbery

James Henry
James Henry

UT football player James Henry is in trouble with the law Wednesday morning.

The freshman running back is accused of retaliation and tampering with evidence in connection with the aggravated robbery case of Robert Joseph and Andre Jones.

Henry is accused of going back to the crime scene and beating up one of the victims for telling on his teammates.

He also allegedly got rid of stolen evidence as a favor for Joseph.

Police said Henry only became involved in this case after the initial robbery in July, and they've been investigating him since that time. Police also said all suspects and victims were acquainted with each other.

"He admitted to being in a fight with one of the victims after the robbery. He admitted to going over there with the purpose of confronting them about what had taken place," said Austin Police Department Detective Anthony Bigongiari.

Coach Mack Brown suspended Henry indefinitely from the team.

Coach Brown, UT President Respond
UT football coach Mack Brown issued this statement:
"We are very disappointed to hear about the recent allegations against James Henry regarding an incident that occurred this past summer. 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.

"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."

UT President William Powers Jr. issued this statement on Brown's actions:
"I applaud Coach Mack Brown for taking swift action in disciplining a member of his football team. I strongly endorse the penalties he has imposed on this player and others who have been arrested for various offenses. I know Coach Brown feels accountable for the conduct of his team and that these players must be held accountable for their own behavior on and off the field.

"It is important for these young men to understand that with the celebrity that comes with being part of the football program, comes an inherent responsibility. When they get involved in criminal behavior or act inappropriately, they embarrass themselves, their teammates and respected former players who have built the tradition of Texas football, their coaching staff and their university.

"Their responsibility is to conduct themselves in a manner that demonstrates they understand the impact they have on their team and their community. They must commit themselves to the highest standards of conduct. Playing football at The University of Texas at Austin is an honor and a privilege. On the playing field, and off, these athletes represent one of the greatest universities in the world, its faculty, staff and fellow students. They must take that responsibility to heart."

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