SMU Suspends Football Player Following Crash

Theodore "Teddy" Knox | Image DeSoto Police

The SMU football team has suspended defensive back Theodore “Teddy” Knox after Dallas police issued a warrant for his arrest in connection with the car crash involving Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver and SMU football alum Rashee Rice.

The March 30 crash involved multiple vehicles on the North Central Expressway in Dallas, where vehicles owned by Rice are thought to have been racing in the left lane before their drivers lost control. Rice was the driver of one car, and Knox was the driver of another.

Four other vehicles were involved in the collision, and several passengers were treated for minor injuries. As previously reported, Rice, Knox, and their passengers fled the scene on foot.

“SMU has been notified of an arrest warrant for Theodore ‘Teddy’ Knox, a student-athlete on the Mustang football team,” a statement from the program read. “Knox has been suspended from the team. SMU takes these allegations seriously. Federal student privacy laws prevent the University from discussing details involving student disciplinary proceedings.”

Knox is a former top-300 recruit who played high school football in both Louisiana and Texas and began his college career as a wide receiver at Mississippi State. He transferred to SMU in 2022 and eventually switched to defense, playing mostly on special teams the last two years and making four tackles during the team’s final season in the American Athletic Conference.

He had been impressive during spring practices, which concluded with the team’s annual spring game on April 5.

Rice and Knox each face the following charges: one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury, and six counts of collision involving injury.

Attorneys for both athletes have said their clients will cooperate with law enforcement.

According to Fox 4 DFW, Rice has surrendered to the police, while Knox still has not turned himself in.

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