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  • #1 by jbcarol on 08 Apr 2017

  • The separate incidents occurred at at A&M’s Bright Football Complex.

    The Bright Football Complex.

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    A&M wide receiver Kirk Merritt recently pleaded not guilty to charges in two indecent exposure incidents that occurred last fall. His attorney on Friday blamed the exposure cases on a “bad case of jock itch.”

    A&M:

        Kirk Merritt, a Texas A&M football player, is alleged to have committed two offenses on Oct. 24 and Oct. 25, 2016.

        On Oct. 25, the athletics department was notified of the accusations as well as the Title IX Office and the Office of the Dean of Student Life.

        On Oct. 28, after receiving the police report, Coach Kevin Sumlin immediately suspended Merritt from all football activities.

        On Nov. 8, Merritt was arrested and the athletics department suspended Merritt indefinitely per athletics department policy.

        The university conduct process concluded on Jan. 20.

        Feb. 1, Merritt’s suspension was lifted by the athletics department after the university action.

        Merritt will not participate in the spring game on Apr. 8.

    Merritt sat out last season as a transfer from Oregon.
  • #2 by tophawg19 on 08 Apr 2017
  • so A&M isn't going to take any real action and neither is the police . Can anyone say Baylor part 2
  • #3 by Vantage 8 dude on 08 Apr 2017
  • Well in TAM's defense they still haven't discovered/learned there really IS a treatment for that. Then again, who knew ???
  • #4 by Vantage 8 dude on 09 Apr 2017
  • Sounds as if he'd be the perfect candidate for a transfer to Baylor. They're always in need a few good character young men.
  • #5 by hogcard1964 on 10 Apr 2017
  • It sounds like he was being "tutored", correct?  I also take it he's somewhere in the area of 19-22 years old also?  How old are the kids tutoring him?
  • #6 by Vantage 8 dude on 10 Apr 2017
  • It sounds like he was being "tutored", correct?  I also take it he's somewhere in the area of 19-22 years old also?  How old are the kids tutoring him?
    Whatever the age of the kids tutoring him I can almost guarantee it's more than their IQ.
  • #7 by hogcard1964 on 10 Apr 2017
  • Whatever the age of the kids tutoring him I can almost guarantee it's more than their IQ.

    I thought I heard these were underage kids?
  • #8 by Inhogswetrust on 10 Apr 2017
  • Well in TAM's defense they still haven't discovered/learned there really IS a treatment for that. Then again, who knew ???

    It's the aggies. They probably though Gatoraid cured it..........................
  • #9 by Inhogswetrust on 10 Apr 2017
  • Whatever the age of the kids tutoring him I can almost guarantee it's more than their IQ.

    It's the aggies. Their age is always more than their IQ....................
  • #10 by Vantage 8 dude on 10 Apr 2017
  • It's the aggies. Their age is always more than their IQ....................
    You mean that if they actually reach the century mark in age they'll finally have a 3 digit IQ ??? Now THAT would be AMAZING!! :)
  • #11 by Inhogswetrust on 10 Apr 2017
  • You mean that if they actually reach the century mark in age they'll finally have a 3 digit IQ ??? Now THAT would be AMAZING!! :)

    Amazing? It's imposible!
  • #12 by jbcarol on 11 Apr 2017
  • #13 by jbcarol on 13 Apr 2017

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    A&M WR Kirk Merritt is locked in an ongoing legal situation stemming from an arrest and two charges of indecent exposure after allegedly exposing his genitals to Texas A&M tutors on two separate occasions. Merritt’s attorney has since explained the events, which resulted in an October arrest, were a result of a bad case of “jock itch.”

    According to a report from Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle, at least one of Merritt’s two alleged victims believe his “jock itch” defense is “absurd.”

    “It was almost like I wasn’t there, until I got nervous and started to pack up and leave,” the victim told the Chronicle. “Then (Merritt) just stared at me, which was disconcerting, and made me want to leave even more.”

    The mother described a phone call that followed the event, during which the alleged victim was “bawling her eyes out” as a result of the events.

    The victim also told Zwerneman that the idea that “jock itch” was the cause for the incident was “absurd” and that it does not line up with the course of events.
  • #14 by jbcarol on 15 Apr 2017

  •  Brent Zwerneman‏ @BrentZwerneman 14h14 hours ago

    Statement from Kirk Merritt attorney Rick Davis in response to this Chronicle story: (cont) http://tl.gd/n_1sppq9s

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    A&M disciplinary proceedings were very thorough and the first panel found Kirk not responsible of violating the A&M rules that he was accused of violating; rules that are functionally the equivalent of the Class B misdemeanor with which he is presently facing in the Court system. The crux of the matter is that in the A&M disciplinary proceedings, the evidence of any sexually exploitative intent was not there. Both of the alleged victims testified in the initial proceedings.

    We are surprised that the alleged victims says that they are outraged at Texas A&M. The University officials were very thorough to the point that we began to wonder if Kirk would be treated even-handedly. The first panel made its decision, and the complainants were not happy with the results.

    What is additionally surprising about the fact that the women say that they are outraged is that in those proceedings, they had more rights than alleged victims do in criminal cases where a defendant is acquitted. A&M's procedures allow victims to appeal a result. Both complaining witnesses did.

    As a result of the appeal of the first A&M disciplinary proceedings, Kirk had to face a second disciplinary proceeding where he was accused of violating University rules that were the functionally equivalent of Disorderly Conduct (a Class C misdemeanor) which did not require proof of any intent to gratify. He was found responsible in that proceeding.

    In the second A&M proceeding, given the nature of the new charge, the two women did not have a right to participate in the proceedings. Kirk waived his rights under FERPA and allowed the women to hear the proceedings for two reasons. He did so as a conciliatory gesture and so that he could actually apologize to them for offending them (he was prohibited from communicating with them, otherwise).

    Kirk's apology was sincere. If they choose not to forgive him, there is nothing else that he can do about it. They seem now to be advancing a cause instead of seeking justice in an individual case.
  • #15 by pigture perfect on 15 Apr 2017
  • Bwahahaha, these kind of things should not be adjudicated by a University panel. Fellow 18-22 males, especially if they are not smart enough to choose someplace other than a Texas university, should be allowed to judge this. And school officials will do anything to save their own hides. This is crazy.
  • #16 by tusksincolorado on 15 Apr 2017

  • Obviously he wanted them to rub some salve on the problem...
  • #17 by revolution on 15 Apr 2017
  • Can't believe these female students won't just let this go!  Doesn't this kind of thing happen all the time?  What's the world coming to these days when an athlete can't expose himself no matter the time or place?

    As a father of two teenage daughters, I would be itching to permanently take care of this issue for Mr. Merritt!  Hopefully some Texas Justice will be forthcoming!
  • #18 by jbcarol on 17 Apr 2017

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    This isn’t Kevin Sumlin’s first rodeo. The coach has overseen Texas A&M football for 5 seasons, and it’s no secret that Year 6 could be his last in Aggieland.

    But at what point does the apparent laser focus on winning begin to damage his program?

    The latest bit of controversy to engulf Texas A&M involves sophomore Kirk Merritt, a former 4-star prospect who should compete for a starting wide receiver spot this season. The Houston Chronicle reported last Friday that Merritt pleaded not guilty to 2 charges of indecent exposure after the Oregon transfer exposed his genitals to not 1, but 2 different athletic tutors in 2 days.

    Merritt actually admitted to doing this, but because his lawyer argues that Merritt’s acts fall within the less-serious disorderly conduct statute, they’re fighting the charges. This same crack defense team also claims that Merritt “had a bad case of jock itch,” which somehow resulted in accidental exposure.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

    A&M’s handling of the entire situation, according to the school, goes something like this:

        Texas A&M athletics and the university’s Title IX Office become aware of the allegations
        Three days later, Sumlin suspends Merritt, who already was forced to sit out the 2016 season because of transfer rules
        Merritt is arrested on Nov. 8
        “The university conduct process concluded on Jan. 20”
        Merritt is reinstated on Feb. 1

    Merritt did not see the field during last Saturday’s scrimmage, but other outlets report that he did participate in practice this spring. Sumlin did not address the media at all after the spring game...
  • #19 by jbcarol on 18 Apr 2017

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    Ben Baby: A&M tutor told the Houston Chronicle that "jock itch" doesn't explain why sophomore Kirk Merritt exposed himself to her and a second tutor last fall. Merritt, an Oregon transfer who practiced this spring, was arrested last fall and pleaded not guilty two misdemeanor counts of the incident.

    Last week, Merritt's attorney said a medical condition involving the groin area led Merritt to expose his genitals on back-to-back days in October during two tutoring sessions. The attorney said the receiver should thus be charged with disorderly conduct, which is one grade lower than the current indecent exposure charges.

    The alleged victim told the Chronicle Merritt's defense doesn't add up.

    "It could not have been jock itch, that doesn't fit the situation at all," one of the victims told the Chronicle. "That's just absurd."

    According to the university, Merritt was suspended prior to his arrest in November 2016. The suspension was lifted on Feb. 1, less than two weeks after the university wrapped up its conduct process.

    "I'm sickened," the victim told the Houston newspaper regarding the timeline of events. "I've taken to boycotting Texas A&M athletic events because of this. It's just wrong. I grew up an Aggie and am a third-generation Aggie. This was not something I expected."

    The Chronicle also quoted Brenda Tracy, a rape survivor and advocate for sexual assault victims, saying the exposure "wasn't an accident" and the university minimizing the incident is "the type of behavior that leads to other types of sexual violence."

    The victim agreed, comparing her experience to victims of sexual assault at Baylor.

    "It's almost disillusionment at this point," she said, "that A&M is not any better than Baylor or any other school that does this kind of stuff."
  • #20 by Vantage 8 dude on 18 Apr 2017
  • Typical of an Aggie having to scratch his "head". ;) :) 8) :P
  • #21 by Großer Kriegschwein on 18 Apr 2017
  • There would have been no NCAA or Univeristy punishment for me had I done some dum darn like that.



    My Grandmother would have driven straight from Batesville to Fayetteville and shot my ass in the middle of practice.
  • #22 by Pig in the Pokey on 19 Apr 2017
  • so A&M isn't going to take any real action and neither is the police . Can anyone say Baylor part 2
    someone seeing your junk and gang rape are hardly the same.
  • #23 by jbcarol on 24 Apr 2017
  • ICYMI: A&M's Outline of how it handled the "jock itch" situation

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    Kirk Merritt, a Texas A&M football player, is alleged to have committed two offenses on Oct. 24 and Oct. 25, 2016.

    On Oct. 25, the athletics department was notified of the accusations as well as the Title IX Office and the Office of the Dean of Student Life.

    On Oct. 28, after receiving the police report, Coach Kevin Sumlin immediately suspended Merritt from all football activities.

    On Nov. 8, Merritt was arrested and the athletics department suspended Merritt indefinitely per athletics department policy.

    The university conduct process concluded on Jan. 20.

    Feb. 1, Merritt’s suspension was lifted by the athletics department after the university action.

    Merritt will not participate in the spring game on Apr. 8.
  • #24 by jbcarol on 27 Apr 2017
  • A&M scratches that itch


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    A&M WR Kirk Merritt has been dismissed from the program after he was charged with two counts of indecent exposure earlier in April.

    Merritt transferred to Texas A&M from Oregon during the summer of 2016.
  • #25 by Tejano Jawg on 28 Apr 2017
  • Even though he's dismissed from the program, he'll probably still find a way to have about 250 yards receiving against us.  >:(
  • #26 by jbcarol on 14 May 2017
  •  Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell 4h4 hours ago

    Report: Former Texas A&M WR Kirk Merritt transferring to ‘Last Chance U’ http://sptz.us/2pL4BaU


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