Report: Sooner Receiver Linked to Past Domestic Violence
A report in the Tulsa World reveals police reports and court documents linking Oklahoma star wide receiver Dede Westbrook to two arrests for domestic violence in the years before OU recruited him.
The Tulsa World report states documents reveal Westbrook was arrested in July of 2012 for throwing the mother of his two children to the ground, while another arrest report in April of 2013 says Westbrook bit the same woman’s arm and punched her in the face.
Charges in both cases were dropped according to the report.
The Sooners began recruiting Westbrook in the fall of 2014 when he played for Blinn College in Texas, and just weeks after the much publicized incident involving OU running back Joe Mixon punching a woman outside a restaurant at Campus Corner.
When asked to comment about the recruitment of Westbrook in light of these arrests, OU released this statement to the Tulsa World:
“The university conducts independent background checks on every entering student-athlete,” the statement said. “While the university has declined to extend offers in other circumstances as a result of gathered information, nothing was reported in this case.”
OU also issued a statement from Westbrook:
“There were some disagreements in the past that were cleared up years ago,” Westbrook said. “We have resolved our issues and are focused on the future.”
During the preseason in 2016, Oklahoma had Brenda Tracy speak with the Sooners.
Tracy is a victim of sexual assault and now tours the country speaking, in many cases to sports teams, about sexual assault and domestic violence.
She released the following tweet on Monday, in response to the story on Westbrook:
OU head coach Bob Stoops will hold a pre-Sugar Bowl news conference on Tuesday in Norman, and could make a statement then about the recruiting of Westbrook.