Texas 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.”
Later Friday, university officials issued a statement that said Merritt was suspended from football team activities in November, reinstated in February but will not participate in the Aggies’ spring football game on Saturday. Merritt remains on the Texas A&M roster.
Both incidents involved female tutors at A&M’s Bright Football Complex, according to Houston Chronicle.
“While Kirk is very embarrassed about this situation, and has apologized to the two tutors that he offended, he did not intend to gratify anyone by exposing himself. The fact is that Kirk had a bad case of jock itch,” attorney Rich Davis said in statement via the Chronicle.
Merritt’s pleas were entered on March 27.
Per the Chronicle’s Brent Zwerneman, Merritt allegedly exposed and touched himself “while sitting in arm’s reach” of a woman. The next day, he allegedly exposed and held his genitals in the presence of another woman.
This, from a statement from Texas 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 in from Oregon.
The Aggies complete spring practice with their scrimmage at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday at Kyle Field. ESPNU will broadcast the game live.