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Seahawks show interest in former TCU returner facing domestic violence charges

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Four teams show up for KaVontae Turpin’s personal pro day.

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The Seattle Seahawks were among four teams who attended former Texas Christian University receiver KaVontae Turpin’s personal pro day workout in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday.

Turpin held his own workout because was not allowed to participate in TCU’s pro day after being arrested in October for an alleged assault of his girlfriend. After the arrest, TCU head coach Gary Patterson announced that Turpin had been kicked off the team.

Prior to his exit from the team, the 158-pound receiver had 29 receptions in his senior season, 410 receiving yards and three touchdowns. He had more than 900 all-purpose yards and returned a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown. He had a returned a punt for a touchdown in each of his four seasons.

His first season with the Horned Frogs was his best season statistically. Turpin had 649 yards and eight touchdowns on 45 receptions, 116 rushing yards on 20 attempts, 729 yards returning kickoffs and 181 punt return yards. He also completed an 18-yard pass that year. In 2017, he earned All-Big 12 First Team honors as all-purpose/return specialist.

There are other TCU prospects the Seahawks may have interest in, as they reportedly met with linebacker Ty Summers at the Horned Frogs pro day.

And, as Field Gulls staff writer Alistair Crop points out, EDGE defender Ben Banogu also matches all the characteristics of the type of player John Schneider and Pete Carroll have looked for in the past.

As for Turpin, it appears that he has yet to be formally charged. According to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the local district attorney’s office has “repeatedly said the charges are ‘pending’.” At the time of his arrest in Texas, it was also discovered that he was arrested last March in New Mexico for “battery of a family member” and there was an active bench warrant issued for his arrest after skipping a pre-trial hearing in July.

Prior to the Seahawks’ 2012 Draft, Schneider was clear about his policy about taking players involved in domestic violence.

“Suffice it to say, we would never, ever take a player that struck a female, or had a domestic dispute like that, or did anything like that,’’

Since that time, players have been drafted and free agents have been signed with allegations of domestic violence in their past. While the existence of allegations haven’t stopped them from drafting or signing players, they did release quarterback Trevone Boykin after some gruesome details emerged of injuries to his girlfriend. Coincidentally, Boykin also played college football at TCU.