It was reported on Friday that Horned Frogs defensive end Tipa Galeai is accused of chasing down two students on campus and assaulting them. The alleged incident took place in January, and Galeai was charged with assault causing bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor.
According to the police affidavit, the two victims were walking towards their dorm when they came across Galeai, who appeared to be very intoxicated. The students made a comment on how drunk Galeai appeared, which he reportedly overheard and he chased the students into the dorm. The students attempted to block the doors, but Galeai was able to force his way inside and started assaulting the victims.
Galeai is accused of punching one student 21 times, resulting in bruising to the victim’s face and lip and pain in his jaw. When a witness intervened, Galeai turned his attention to the other student, punching him three times in the face and head. The incident was captured on video surveillance and witnessed by a dorm resident assistant.
A quick search of TCU’s online roster shows that Galeai is no longer listed with the team, and a school spokesperson said that Galeai is no longer a student at the university.
“Texas Christian University expects its students to behave in an ethical manner, abide by campus policies and adhere to state and federal law,” the school said in a statement.
It’s refreshing to see the Horned Frogs take swift and strong action in a time where other schools have received criticism for lightly punishing, if not flat-out ignoring, violent incidents involving football players.
Galeai was a big part of TCU’s defense as a redshirt sophomore last season. He played in 10 games and earned 24 tackles and 3.5 sacks.