Bob Stoops Addresses Background Checks, Westbrook Recruitment

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A day after a published story in the Tulsa World reported OU receiver Dede Westbrook had been arrested twice on complaints of domestic violence, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops addressed the issue at a news conference in Norman.

Stoops said he is not part of the university's background checks on prospective recruits and that  many times scholarship offers have been pulled from recruits because of something showing up on the background check.

“We’ve had that come every year,” said Stoops.

Westbrook's recruitment happened just months after the incident in which OU running back Joe Mixon punched a female in the face outside a restaurant on Campus Corner in Norman.

Stoops says nothing was reported to him about any domestic violence issues with Westbrook.

Stoops said discipline has been issued when necessary with players, but that since arriving at OU, Westbrook has done everything he's supposed to do.

“All I know is everything that he’s done here has been everything positive,” Stoops said. “Grades, never missing class, appointments. Everything that he’s done has been excellent.

“From what I understand and have seen, he’s got a great relationship with his children and with the mother of his children. They are raising them back and forth together and that’s been nothing but great ever since I’ve known him.”

In the Tulsa World article, police reports and court documents reveal Westbrook was arrested twice on family violence complaints, both times with the mother of his two children.