LUBBOCK, Texas — SaRodorick Thompson, Texas Tech University’s starting running back, was arrested Monday on a charge of Racing on a Highway.
Thompson was booked in the Lubbock County Detention Center at 1:45 p.m. Monday. His bond was set at $2,500.
Texas Tech released a statement regarding Thompson’s arrest Monday afternoon, which said that he is expected to play in the Red Raiders’ game against Texas Saturday. Read it below:
“SaRodorick Thompson was notified late last week that there had been a misdemeanor warrant issued in his name. Thompson and his lawyer are currently cooperating with the Lubbock Police Department and have done so since the incident in late June. Texas Tech Athletics will handle the matter consistent with its student-athlete discipline policy and any discipline will be handled internally. Thompson is expected to play in Saturday’s Big 12 opener versus Texas.”
A warrant was issued for Thompson’s arrest on September 10 for street racing. In June, another Texas Tech football player, Caden Leggett was arrested for street racing.
Thompson is in his third season for Texas Tech out of Ranchview High School in Irving, Texas.
He redshirted his first year in 2018 and rushed for 765 yards and 12 touchdowns as a freshman in 2019. In Texas Tech’s 2020 opener against Houston Baptist, Thompson started the game and rushed for 118 yards.
LUBBOCK, Texas — Caden Leggett, 20, a Texas Tech football player, was arrested on Saturday for racing. He has since posted bond to get out of jail while the criminal case is pending. Leggett was listed Thursday morning on the Texas Tech Athletics website as a wide receiver for the Red Raiders football team.
A police officer wrote in a report, “While sitting in the parking … [at] 98th and Indiana, I observed three vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed northbound in the approximate 10000 block of Indiana Avenue.”
“I observed all three vehicles pass through the intersection 98th and Indiana, continuing northbound, at a high rate of speed and through a green light,” the police report said. “Due [to] the rate of speed of all three vehicles, and the lack of other traffic on the highway, I was easily able to determine the vehicles were competing…”
Leggett was pulled over in a Mustang. A second vehicle was described as a Dodge Challenger.
“[Leggett] admitted that he was racing the driver of the Dodge Challenger,” the police report said.
“I observed [Leggett’s] cell phone to be in the center console cup holder of the vehicle. I observed the screen to have a map on it, with what appeared to have a designated route to be traveling. It appeared the map on [Leggett’s] cell phone was a predetermined course … to race on.”
The police report indicated the other two drivers did not stop and would also be charged with racing when they are located.
The case against Leggett was charged as a class B misdemeanor.
Myller Royals, a Texas Tech football wide receiver was arrested Friday on two misdemeanor charges after a traffic stop on campus by a Tech Police Department officer. Royals was booked into the Lubbock County Jail on charges of possession of a prohibited weapon (knuckles), a Class A misdemeanor, and driving with an invalid license, a Class B misdemeanor. He bonded out of the jail on Saturday.Royals, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound freshman, has yet to play in a game this season and Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury
Texas Tech running back Da’Leon Ward, who’s been expected to regain a prominent role in the Red Raiders’ offense after a year off, was booked into Lubbock County Jail around mid-afternoon Tuesday.Ward is charged with theft of between $2,500 and $30,000, a state jail felony. The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office was the arresting agency listed on Ward’s booking sheet. A Tech spokesman said he was unaware of Ward’s arrest before A-J Media broke the news, and Tech is gathering information.
A disturbance in front of a Lubbock nightclub left four Texas Tech football players jailed Sunday morning, including quarterback Jett Duffey from Mansfield Lake Ridge High School, Lubbock police said Sunday.
Six other people were taken into custody in the incident, which occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday at Bash Riprock’s.
Tech receiver Desmon Smith, 20, was bitten by a K-9 during the disturbance, Lubbock police said, and he was taken to a local hospital where he was treated, released and arrested.
Lubbock police responded to a report of a disturbance where a suspect could be armed, Lubbock police spokeswoman Kasie Whitley said in an email later Sunday.