Baylor suspends DB Travon Blanchard after protective order issued

Baylor indefinitely suspended senior defensive back Travon Blanchard from all football-related activities on Feb. 7, after a woman who accused him of multiple acts of violence against her requested a protective order from a judge.

The McLennan County district attorney's office filed the application for a restraining order against Blanchard on behalf of the woman earlier this month, and a judge signed the order on Tuesday. The order stipulates Blanchard is to have no communication with the woman and is to stay away from her apartment.

Baylor officials said in a statement that Blanchard, a rising senior from Orange, Texas, was indefinitely suspended from the team when the district attorney's office applied for the restraining order earlier this month.

"The Baylor Athletics Department is aware of a complaint made against Travon Blanchard through the McLennan County District Attorney's Office," Baylor officials said in a statement on Tuesday. "Immediately upon notification on February 7, the appropriate campus student-conduct process was initiated and Blanchard was suspended indefinitely from all team related activities, pending the outcome of the investigation."

According to the affidavit filed by the district attorney's office, which was obtained by KWTX-TV in Waco, Texas, Blanchard allegedly became upset when a waiter approached the woman at a restaurant on Feb. 4 and asked whether they knew each other.

Blanchard "began verbally abusing the applicant" and followed her as she tried to leave, the affidavit says. He allegedly grabbed her hand in an attempt to take her car keys and broke her finger. The affidavit says the woman cut her finger "to the point where she was unable to have it stitched." The woman flagged down a police officer, but Blanchard fled the scene, and police weren't able to locate him.

In an earlier incident on Jan. 17, the affidavit alleges, Blanchard became upset when the woman received a Snapchat message from a male friend. The affidavit says he picked her up and "began tossing and shoving the applicant around the apartment, slamming her into the sofa, bed, and walls several times causing soreness in her entire body."

The woman also alleged two incidents of violence by Blanchard in 2016. In November 2016, the affidavit says, he became upset about a Twitter post she made and "grabbed both of [her] arms, backed her up roughly 10 feet, slammed her against the car, and threw her on the floor (similar to a football tackle)."

On July 4, 2016, the affidavit alleges, Blanchard "rushed the applicant, grabbed her by her wrists, began swearing and insulting her, and attempted to force himself and the applicant into her apartment." The affidavit says her friends tried to intervene, but Blanchard became "increasingly violent" and someone called police.

The affidavit says Blanchard continued to force her inside of her apartment in front of police, and let go only when "the police threatened him with an arrest for insubordination." It wasn't immediately clear if an incident report was filed by police, or if Baylor officials were aware of the altercation.

In addition to physical violence, the affidavit alleges that Blanchard "controls many aspects of the applicant's life" including what she can wear, whom she talks to, and what she posts on social media. It also alleges he "damages the applicant's property when she tries to break up with him, as well as place a joker card, otherwise known as the killer card, on her car."

Blanchard was a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist as the country's top defensive back last season. He was the Bears' fourth-leading tackler with 73 stops with 9 tackles for loss, 1½ sacks and an interception.

On Monday, a group of Texas legislators called for a criminal investigation by the Texas Rangers, the state's top criminal investigation agency, into Baylor's sexual assault scandal and requested state financial sanctions until an investigation is completed.

State Rep. Roland Gutierrez, a Democrat from San Antonio, introduced Texas House Resolution 664 calling for the criminal investigation Friday. In a news conference Monday with fellow state Democrat lawmakers Rep. Ana Hernandez, Rep. Carol Alvarado and Rep. Diana Arévalo, Gutierrez demanded more accountability for "the obstruction of justice that has happened at Baylor University." "What has happened here in Waco, what happened at Baylor, is so far different from any university in the state," Gutierrez said. "We can't stop bad things from happening, but we sure as hell can demand accountability. We sure as hell can demand that people protect our children."

ESPN reporter Max Olson contributed to this report.