The Norman Transcript

August 31, 2007

OU player arrested, suspended from team


By John Shinn

Transcript Sports Writer

Oklahoma freshman football player Ryan Broyles was suspended from the team indefinitely Friday after his arrest earlier in the day for allegedly attempting to steal gasoline from a convenience store pump.

Broyles, 19, was booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center at 12:10 a.m. Friday on attempted larceny charges. He was released at 3:44 a.m. after posting $200 cash bond, according to a sheriff’s captain.

Norman Police Capt. Leonard Judy said a Norman officer was on routine patrol on East Alameda about midnight. The officer noticed a vehicle parked at the gas pumps at Mr. Shortstop which was closed.

“He observed a male subject standing between gas pumps and an SUV. He pulled into investigate,” Judy said.

Judy said that there was a key inserted into the front of the gas pump. “Upon further investigation, it was determined that Mr. Broyles was in a possession of a key and codes with which the pump could be activated to pump gas,” Judy said.

“He determined that Mr. Broyles was not an employee and had not been an employee of Mr. Shortstop,” Judy said. He was then arrested for attempted larceny.

Ron Henderson, owner of the Mr. Shortstop convenience store on Alameda where Broyles was arrested, said his gas supplier had recently raised concerns about inventories being lower than recorded.

“We knew we were losing gas but we never had any idea it was to this,” he said Friday.

The keys and codes are usually held by workers who service the pumps. “I’ve never even had a key to them,” he said.

Henderson said he found it humorous the talk radio conspiracists who talk about him as a “booster.” “I’m a South End Zone fan. I don’t even have donor seats,” he joked.

Broyles’ status as member of the football team is now up in the air. Sooner coach Bob Stoops indefenitley suspended Broyles Friday.

“I take very seriously the conduct of our players and I will not compromise my expectations for anyone associated with our program,” he said.

Broyles was listed as a second-team wide receiver on OU’s depth chart for today’s season opener against North Texas.

He was an all-state selection at Norman High School last season. Broyles caught 44 passes of 908 yards and rushed for 345. He also scored 20 touchdowns to help lead the Tigers to the Class 6A playoffs.

Broyles was the centerpiece of a recruiting saga involving OU and Oklahoma State last winter. He orally committed to play at Oklahoma State in the fall. But he changed his mind in the week leading up to signing day