Oklahoma quarterback arrested for public intoxication

Oklahoma quarterback arrested for public intoxication

thompson[dropcap]O[/dropcap]klahoma quarterback Kendal Thompson was arrested early Friday morning and charged with public intoxication and interfering with a police officer.

He was booked into the Cleveland County (Okla.) Jail at 2:23 a.m. Friday.

Details are scant and the school has only stated that they are aware of the situation.

Thompson (6-1, 191), a redshirt sophomore, competed with Blake Bell and, to a lesser extent, Trevor Knight for the Sooners’ starting quarterback job this spring. He completed 11-of-17 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown in OU’s spring game last month.

Bell appears to have won that battle, at least for now, but a No. 1 will not be named until the fall.

UPDATE: SoonerScoop.com obtained a copy of the arresting affidavit, which states that Norman police officer Steven Boxford and another police officer were responding to a loud party complaint when Boxford spotted Thompson passed out on the side of a hill.

Boxford woke him up, smelled alcohol and Thompson refused to cooperate.

From SoonerScoop:

“As I was speaking with him, he was not making sense with incomplete sentences and was becoming harder to understand him,” said Boxford in the affidavit.

After Thompson awoke, the officer said he rolled into a sitting position. Boxford told him to remain seated “many times” and “asked for the other Officer to come over to my location as he was continually trying to walk away from me.”

Thompson eventually stood again with his hand in his left pocket and did not sit down.

“He continued not to obey commands and I grabbed his right arm and completed a spinning arm bar to take the defendant to the ground,” said Boxford in the affidavit. “Once on the ground, the defendant continued to fail to obey commands to put his hands behind his back and get on his stomach.”

Thompson, 20, was arrested four days before his 21st birthday. He was not charged with underage drinking.


Photo credit: Matthew Emmons / USA Today Sports

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