COLLEGE STATION – Three Texas A&M football players were arrested on outstanding warrants after a traffic stop.
College Station Police stopped a 2008 Pontiac on Texas Avenue, around 11:40 p.m. Thursday, for an expired registration. Edward Pope, a sophomore wide receiver, was driving. He pulled into the Freebird's parking lot. When police ran his license, they discovered Pope was wanted on a College Station municipal warrant for Failure to Appear. So, they arrested him.
Pope requested one of his two passengers - Gavin Stansbury or Howard Matthews Jr. - be allowed to take the car home instead of it being towed. In order to do so, police had to first make sure Stansbury or Matthews have a valid driver’s license.
Police ran Stansbury’s license first. Turns out, the senior defensive lineman was wanted in Harris County on assault charges.
When police ran Matthews’ license, it showed the senior defensive back was wanted on three municipal warrants - Speeding, Failure to Exhibit Driver’s License and Failure to Appear.
Both were taken into custody.
Stanbury’s warrant stemmed from an incident March 16 at Rice University. According to the probable cause statement from Harris County, University Police say Stansbury, who's listed by Texas A&M as 6'4", 257 lbs., poured a can of beer on a student’s head and then punched him in the left eye. Other students pulled Stansbury and the victim away before anything else happened. The victim was then taken to the hospital where he got eight stitches to close the wound.
The alleged attack was witnessed by three students. One of them says she was grazed by Stansbury’s fist after he hit the male student in the face.
A second female student says she met Stansbury earlier that night while walking back from a party. She says Stansbury told her he was a Texas A&M football player, but was transferring to Rice next semester. She says she had to tell Stansbury to stop following her when she walked into the women’s restroom.
When police interviewed Stansbury, he said he was working a paid internship at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and had not been on the Rice campus in several years.
The Texas A&M Athletic Department released the following statement about the arrests:
"We are continuing to gather information. Gavin Stansbury was initially suspended from all athletic activities, but has since been reinstated to the team.
Howard Matthews and Ed Pope were not suspended and are still members of the football team.”