This is what we typically call a "crime gone awry." On February 25, the East Texan, the weekly student newspaper at Texas A&M–Commerce, published a story detailing the arrests of two football players in a drug bust the week prior. The day the paper came out, an Associated Press story says, 2,000 copies were stolen, a loss estimated to be about $1,100. Not only were the suspects caught, but it also turns out that they were football players.
Two things—and forms of punishment—came from the incident. The school will take "appropriate action" against players involved in stealing the papers and in the drug bust, the East Texan reports, although the school hasn't released the specific punishments. Texas A&M–Commerce Football Coach Guy Morriss has also been disciplined for saying that he is proud of his players for taking the newspapers.
"A&M–Commerce does not stand back idly when crimes like these are committed," Texas A&M–Commerce President Dan Jones says in a statement. "We hold our students and staff to a high standard and will take appropriate action to remedy the situation."
Meanwhile, Texas A&M–Commerce Athletics Director Carlton Cooper echoed Jones's sentiment, saying that disciplinary action has been taken and the athletics department hopes that the entire ordeal can be a learning experience.
"I am very disappointed that members of our football program made an error in judgment," Cooper says in the statement. "We are sorry this happened and will continue to cooperate and assist the campus administration with their investigation."
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