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SMU football player Theodore “Teddy” Knox, connected to Rice crash, turned himself in.
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Theodore “Teddy” Knox poses before the crowd at the SMU game versus UNT, in 2023. Knox is now suspended for his alleged role in the crash on March 30.

March 12, 2024, 9:57 p.m. UPDATE.

SMU student and suspended football player Theodore “Teddy” Knox is free on $40,000 bond.

This afternoon, DeSoto Regional Jail officials confirmed to The Daily Campus that Knox was not an inmate.

Knox turned himself in to the Glenn Heights Police Department this afternoon and was later transferred to DeSoto Regional Jail. An arrest warrant was issued for Knox and Rice for a multi-car collision in Dallas last month that injured passengers. After Knox surrendered, he was transferred to Desoto Regional Jail. As of Thursday night at 9:01pm, Rashee Rice posted bond and was released from custody. 

The crash occurred on March 30, and just six days later Knox played in SMU football’s annual spring game on April 5 at Highland Park High School. Warrants for his and Rice’s arrests were issued on April 10. 

This is a breaking news story. The Daily Campus will update this article as more information becomes available.

SMU Athletics has suspended wide receiver #18 Theodore “Teddy” Knox  in connection with the hit-and-run accident involving Rashee Rice on March 30. Dallas Police issued warrants for the arrest of both Knox and Rice on Wednesday. Both face eight counts for their roles in the crash.

“SMU has been notified by Dallas Police of an arrest warrant for Theodore ‘Teddy’ Knox, a student-athlete on the Mustang football team. Knox has been suspended from the team,” said Brad Sutton, SMU’s athletic’s chief of communications.

“We have fully cooperated with law enforcement, other than that we have no further comment,” said Knox’s lawyer Deandra Grant in a text message to The Daily Campus. 

Knox has not turned himself in yet. Grant did not respond to whether or not Knox would turn himself in tonight.

Rice turned himself over to Glenn Heights Police Thursday evening and was transferred and booked south of Dallas to the Desoto Regional Jail. According to WFAA, his combined bond is set at $40,000.

Rashee Rice, now a wide receiver playing for the Kansas City Chiefs in LVIII Super Bowl, catches a ball in a 2022 SMU football game. (Mark Reese)

Knox was a wide receiver while Rice was at SMU.

Sutton said he was unable to speak further on the topic due to federal privacy laws involving student disciplinary proceedings.

In dashcam footage obtained by WFAA, the video of the crash shows one Lamborghini Urus and one Chevrolet Corvette attempting to pass a vehicle in the left lane of North Central Expressway. Local news reports that Rice is connected with both vehicles, with Knox behind the wheel of the Corvette and Rice in the Urus. 

According to The Dallas Morning News, four people sustained minor injuries following the crash and two were transported to the hospital. 

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice penalizes a collision causing injury by up to five years in prison, or up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

The Dallas Police Department issued the following charges against Knox and Rice: 

  • One count of aggravated assault; a felony in the state of Texas. 
  • One count of collision involving serious bodily injury; a possible third-degree felony in the state of Texas.
  • Six counts of collision involving injury. 

Police found personal items in the Lamborghini, including 10.8 grams of marijuana, a check for $16,500, a Chiefs playbook, a credit card and a necklace according to an open records request obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 

On April 3, Rice acknowledged his role in the crash and took full responsibility for his actions on Instagram. 

Rashee Rice posted an acknowledgement of his role in the crash and took full responsibility for his actions on Instagram.

“Today I met with Dallas PD investigators regarding Saturday’s accident,” Rice wrote on his Instagram story. “I take full responsibility for my part in this matter and will continue to cooperate with the necessary authorities. I sincerely apologize to everyone impacted in Saturday’s accident.”

On April 4, Rice’s attorney, Royce West, gave a 16-minute video statement saying Rice told Dallas Police he was driving the Lamborghini. The police report mentions Knox as the alleged driver of the Corvette. 

“He’s gonna do everything in his power to bring that life back to as normal as possible in terms of injuries, in terms of property damage,” West said. “He’ll make certain that he is responsible for helping them to get through that particular part of this.”

Rice, a 3-star recruit from Ft. Worth suburb North Richland Hills, took SMU by storm during his four years on the Hilltop. Rice started for three years as a receiver and gained his top performance in the 2022-23 season. That year, he caught 96 balls for 1,355 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

Rice’s top performance led to second-round selection in the NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Rice contributed 938 yards on 79 receptions to the 2023 Chiefs’ Super Bowl run.

The Daily Campus will continue updating this article as more information becomes available.

*Edits have been made to update the current status of Rashee Rice.

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