Coach, Students React to Mojo Football Players Arrest

By: Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Two Mojo football players may not hear fans cheering for them for awhile. Permian High School's star wide receiver and team captain Tommey Morris and teammate Gordon Deance Palmer were arrested along with two other classmates on Sunday. They were charged with felony burglary.

Permian Football Coach Gary Gaines suspended the two indefinitely and the district was shocked.

"It's always disappointing to see something like that happens," Ector County ISD's Mike Adkins, said. "Anytime you have any students involved in something like this it's just disappointing and you hope they make better choices. You hope they will make better decisions."

The ball players along with Braxton Cole Hudgens and Ruben Garza Ochoa allegedly stole two laptop computers from a home on Culver Avenue on Sunday afternoon.

Permian students and fans slowly learned the news on Monday. 

"Yeah, I think kind of ridiculous," Permian Senior Larell Thompson said.

"(I was) not really (shocked)," Permian student Clifton Skinner said. "It happens all the time."

All four of the young men were taken to the Ector County Detention Center after the arrest.
Despite two of the suspects football status, Odessa Police say they won't get special treatment. 

"It doesn't matter if it's a student or anyone else," Andrea Goodson with the City of Odessa said. "If a crime is committed, they're all treated equally."

The young men could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of felony burglary. While the teens await their judgement, Permian fans will wait and see how the team bounces back.

"I think it's a big downfall for the team," Thompson said. "(Morris) is one of the main good players."

But the Mojo fans are staying optimistic.

Morris and Ochoa bonded out of the Ector County Detention Center on Monday. Morris posted his $7,500 bond while Ochoa posted a $15,000 bond.

The other two teens are still in custody both on $15,000 bonds each.