Texas A&M WR Kirk Merritt is locked in an ongoing legal situation stemming from an arrest and two charges of indecent exposure after allegedly exposing his genitals to Texas A&M tutors on two separate occasions. Merritt’s attorney has since explained the events, which resulted in an October arrest, were a result of a bad case of “jock itch.”
According to a report from Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle, at least one of Merritt’s two alleged victims believe his “jock itch” defense is “absurd.”
Working on the assumption of anonymity, the first of two alleged victims and her mother spoke to The Chronicle about the ongoing case. She indicated that, like the charges against him claim, Merritt had exposed himself during a tutoring session at the football complex.
“It was almost like I wasn’t there, until I got nervous and started to pack up and leave,” the victim told the Chronicle. “Then (Merritt) just stared at me, which was disconcerting, and made me want to leave even more.”
The mother described a phone call that followed the event, during which the alleged victim was “bawling her eyes out” as a result of the events.
The victim also told Zwerneman that the idea that “jock itch” was the cause for the incident was “absurd” and that it does not line up with the course of events.
In a statement that was released on Friday, Texas A&M did its best to outline how it handled the situation.
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 transferred to Texas A&M from Oregon last summer. He sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. He caught five passes for 61 yards as a true freshman in 2015.