Per reports, Devonte Fields is scheduled to visit Louisville this weekend. Fields, a 6’4 250 lb. DE was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 after amassing 54 tackles and 10 sacks as a true freshman at TCU. The following season, he was injured early and received a medical redshirt. During his off-time, he was charged with a misdemeanor assault and subsequently dismissed from the program. He resurfaced at Trinity Valley CC where he had 61 tackles and 6.5 sacks. He’s looking to get another chance to play big-time college football, and UofL could give him that opportunity.
While there’s no doubt that Fields is a special talent, there is certainly a huge risk in taking someone with this kind of checkered past. “Violating team rules” is one thing, but threatening and assaulting a woman is quite another. If you take the time to read through what allegedly happened, it’s easy to see why UofL shouldn’t take him.
There, 20-year-old Haley Brown, also a TCU student, told officers that Fields had apparently been standing outside the bedroom window listening to her talk to a mutual male friend. Brown told police Fields then punched out the window of their friend’s bedroom from the outside and began yelling at her.
“Haley stated that she thought Devonte was holding a gun in one of his hands and stated that he pointed it at her,” the report states.
“I should blast you!” he yelled at Haley, according to the report.
The report states Fields then came to the home’s front door and was let inside by their mutual friend’s roommate.
“Haley stated that Devonte continued to yell at her and punched her in the face one time with a closed fist,” the report states
Officers observed Haley’s right cheek to be swollen with a small cut under her eye. She refused to be taken to the hospital for further evaluation and told officers she did not want to pursue charges against Field.
A few months later, his ex-girlfriend recanted her story about hm having a gun, but still, it’s an ugly situation.
The ex-girlfriend of Devonte Fields recanted her initial claim that the defensive end had a handgun during a recent dispute, according to a published report.
He then went to the front door and was let in by a roommate and “charged through the house to the rear bedroom” where she was, the report says, adding that he lunged at her and “threw a punch towards her face. The victim dodged the blow and fell to the floor.”
Fields threw another punch which “struck (Brown) in the left jaw and right cheek area of her face,” the report says. She suffered bruising, swelling and bleeding and called 911 from a bathroom.
The arrest warrant quoted says that she initially thought he had a handgun, leading to the report being labeled as an aggravated assault.
Brown revised her written statement on July 22, recanting the handgun claim, according to the report.
Again, there’s college kids doing stupid things and then there’s this. UofL is above taking a negative national media hit for taking someone that behaves this way. Nobody is perfect, but there’s also a reason that only Texas-San Antonio has had him in for a visit.