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Grand jury indicts guard who punched UH fan

A grand jury indicted Contemporary Services Corporation guard Derrick Hicks on a misdemeanor assault charge for striking a UH fan who rushed onto the field at TDECU Stadium after UH’s win over Temple University on Dec. 5, 2015.

Harris County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Jeff McShan told the Houston Press they are still investigating other guards who were on the field during the game. The videos show Hicks wasn’t the only guard involved in a fan-guard altercation.

Some videos show guards appeared to be enticing or challenging students to get on the field, McShan said.

As videos of the violence burst onto social media and views skyrocketed as high as 500,000, the University of Houston Police Department issued an investigation with those involved in the incident.

“The UH Police Department has met with CSC Management in order to identify all CSC employees involved in the documented altercations that followed Saturday’s game,” UH Chief of Police Ceaser Moore Jr. said in a press release in December. “UHPD is taking eyewitness statements, and video footage continues to be under review. Appropriate action will be taken after our investigation is complete.”

General Manager for Sports and Entertainment and Executive Director of Venue Works Jeff Kossow said in a previous interview with The Cougar that CSC Houston signed UH’s contract in Sept. 2015.

Their services were used for all events at the Cullen Performance Hall, as well as all sporting events held in various building including TDECU Stadium. However, due to the altercations that occurred at the Dec. 5 game, UH severed their ties with CSC on Dec. 7.

University of Houston did not release a statement regarding Hicks’ indictment.

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