Patterson: TCU arrests 'not even close' to Baylor legal issues

TCU head coach Gary Patterson pointed a finger towards Baylor while discussing the arrests of two football players for beating up and robbing other students.

Michael Rea Tuaua, 22, and Andre Petties-Wilson, 19, were arrested by Fort Worth police on Monday for an incident that happened on Sept. 4. According to police, the attack happened outside of a house party on Lowden Street. The two football players also stole a case of Keystone Light beer from the male students.

Both Tuaua and Petties-Wilson face a charge of Robbery-Bodily injury.

"In this kid's case, Mike Tuaua, we'll find out what the facts are. It'll all come out. I just hope when they all come out, you report it just as strongly as what you've done here because it's not even close to what happened south of here," Patterson said during his weekly Tuesday press conference.

Patterson was referencing a situation that happened at Baylor last month when former player Sam Ukwuachu was convicted of sexually assaulting another student. The university and Baylor head coach Art Briles came under fire for sweeping the incident under the rug and not aggressively seeking information about Ukwuachu’s history of violence from his previous school, Boise State.

Patterson defended Tuaua, a senior who had been named a TCU captain for the 2015 season, calling him the most-liked player on the team besides quarterback Trevone Boykin.

“You’ve never heard me speak up for a kid when he’s screwed up, but you have now,” Patterson said. “Right or wrong, just like a parent, I got his back.”

TCU officials said the players are under investigation by the university and could face penalties for violating the university’s Code of Student Conduct.

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