Warrant issued after alleged fight
An arrest warrant has been issued for Longhorns freshman safety Kenny Vaccaro for misdemeanor assault after he was involved in an alleged fight with another Texas student during a pickup basketball game.
According to an arrest affidavit issued by a Travis County justice of the peace, Vaccaro and Jonathan R. Fuhrman were involved in an incident Sept. 20 when both were playing basketball at Gregory Gymnasium on the Texas campus.
Fuhrman, a law student at Texas, alleges that Vaccaro and his friends were throwing basketballs at him. The affidavit states that Fuhrman threw a basketball back at Vaccaro, hitting him in the head.
Fuhrman said Vaccaro then punched him in the face. The police affidavit stated that Fuhrman had blood streaming from a cut lip when he was interviewed by police.
According to the affidavit, Vaccaro told police that Fuhrman was "always on the court trying to start a fight."
The arrest warrant is for assault-bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor under Texas law.
Vaccaro has developed into a key reserve for the Texas secondary and a special-teams standout. He's made nine tackles on special teams and is listed as second string at right safety heading into the Longhorns' game Saturday night against Colorado.
Texas coach Mack Brown released a statement shortly after news of the arrest warrant surfaced.
"We're aware of the situation with Kenny Vaccaro," Brown said. "We've talked to Kenny and his family, and pending the completion of the legal process, we'll do what's best for the university, Kenny and the team. One thing we have really prided ourselves on in our program is our family atmosphere, and this will be handled within our family."
Tim Griffin covers the Big 12 for ESPN.com. You can contact him at email@example.com.