Four Texas football players will sit out their school’s Friday night football game as just a small part of the punishment they face for vandalizing a rival high school.
As reported by Texas CBS affiliate KGBT, four members of the Robert Vela football team were arraigned on Wednesday afternoon for allegedly vandalizing facilities at Edinburg High early Tuesday morning, The quartet — running back Robert Guerra, defensive tackle Daniel Elizondo, running back Samuel Valenzuela, and wide receiver Ryan Javier Rios — all took part in painting graffiti on walls and the sidewalk outside the Edinburg football practice facility and, more disturbingly, painting an “RV” logo on the back of a cat’s hide which was left on the campus.
The football players were identified rapidly in part because of their lax attitudes about their crimes on social media. According to KGBT, all four bragged about being involved in the vandalism on social media channels.
The four Robert Vela players were each charged with criminal mischief, a felony charge which could bring jail time with it, particularly since all are 17 or older, disqualifying them from being tried as juveniles. At the moment the teens are free after posting $25,000 bond provided they remain under adult supervision and a 7 p.m. curfew. That curfew, combined with a temporary suspension from school, ensures that they won’t be playing varsity football until the conditions are lifted.