Lubbock, TX — Texas Tech offensive lineman Deveric Gallington, 22, allegedly got offensive in a local nightspot and wound up being arrested for misdemeanor public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
The incident allegedly occurred early Sunday morning at or near Mesquites Sports Grill and Bar after what Lubbock police called a “large fight involving several people” the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports. The incident near the Texas Tech campus occurred several hours after Texas Tech upset West Virginia in a blowout, 49-14. Responding officers broke up the fracas, and there were no reported injuries in the altercation. Two other men were taken into custody on more serious charges however.
Gallington, the Red Raiders’ starting center, was released from city jail on nominal bail and faces about $500 in fines for the incident if the charges are proven. According to UPI, police did not ask Gallington take a breathalyzer or a blood test but that “officers found him to be intoxicated based on their observation.” There are as yet no details available about who prompted the fight or why.
Texas Tech’s athletic department indicated that Deveric Gallington is still scheduled to play on Saturday against Texas Christian University (TCU). Texas Tech is rated no. 18 in the nation in NCAA football in the AP poll and no. 17 in the BCS.
Gallington, a senior, has played 39 games to date with the Red Raiders and was a heavily recruited high school football star. He became a starter for the Red Raiders in 2010. In the 2012 season, Gallington made the switch from offensive guard to offensive center.