Today Show Reports On Alleged Drug, Alcohol Use in Brock Turner Case

NBC’s Today Show this morning reported on court documents they say suggest a history of drug and alcohol use for former Stanford swimmer Brock Turnerwho was convicted of sexual assault last week.

The Today Show clip, which you can view here, says NBC obtained court documents that showed text messages from Turner’s phone talking about drinking and drug use during both high school and college.

NBC also includes excerpts from the court document in which Turner says “Coming from a small town in Ohio, I had never really experienced celebrating or partying that involved alcohol,” and denies ever having used “illicit substances.”

But NBC reports that the text messages referenced in the court document reference drinking and “buying and sharing weed,” in both high school and college. NBC says more text messages show Turner claiming to have done acid and expressing interest in “candyflippin,” which is the act of combining LSD and MDMA.

It should be noted that recreational marijuana – while legal in certain states – is currently illegal in both California and Ohio.

NBC also reports that Turner had been previously cited for underage drinking and possessing a fake ID, and that one letter of support used in his trial has been withdrawn by its author, Turner’s high school counselor.

Because his conviction was for sexual assault, Turner is currently being held away from the general inmate population in the Santa Clara County Jail. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said that policy is in place because sexual assault inmates are often targeted by other inmates while in jail.

Swedish Bikers Speak On Situation

In a related story, the two Swedish grad students who biked by and found Turner the night of his arrest have spoken about the situation. The Washington Post has video here of an interview with Carl-Frederik Arndt, who talks about what happened on that night in January 2015.

The other biker, Peter Jonsson, hasn’t commented publicly on the case besides a short Facebook post encouraging people to read the letter written by the anonymous woman whom Turner is convicted of assaulting. You can find that letter here. Jonsson’s full quote is below:

“Thanks to everyone, friends and strangers, for all the encouragement and support over the last days and months,” he wrote. “At this point I will not publicly comment on the process or the outcome of the trial. However, I do ask all of you to spare a few minutes and read this letter written by the Victim.

“To me it is unique in its form and comes as close as you can possibly get to putting words on an experience that words cannot describe.”

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Joy

I wish the media in general would stop calling this individual a swimmer. Being a part of the swimming community is over for him. He lost that privilege. He’s a disgrace to his teammates and the greater swimming community.

G.I.N.A.

Hah .You cannot have it bofh ways at least as a Stanford student /alumni & / or NCAA swimmer. He is the international.face of Stanford , few ppl out there will care to pay closer attention .

Ledecky is walking into a storm & all the gold medals in the world will not erase the tarnish.

Irish Ringer

I wish it were that way too, but White, Stanford, and Swimmer will be in every story with some stretching it a bit and saying he was an Olympic hopeful.

Drugs

I will never understand why an “athlete” would abuse his/her body with drugs. There is obviously much more to this individual than his so-called squeaky clean image. Apparently, he is now blaming the University’s culture of partying and drinking. Anyone who thinks that there is no partying or drinking going on at a universities and high schools much be living in a cave. Last time I checked, taking drugs is still a choice.

DLswim

It is worse than that. In his written statement, Brock Turner blames his teammates for encouraging a culture of alcohol and promiscuity. He claims that there were several teammates with him at the party on that fateful night.

PVSFree

Just from the teams I’ve been on, there will always be a couple guys on the team who will be into the party scene/drinking scene. I doubt the whole team is a part of that however

DLswim

Pvsfree, I understand what you’re saying, but you have to read his statement. He claims that several of his teammates were there,including one who is named, as well as one of the team captains. According to him, it wasn’t just a couple of guys. I’m not saying that this is exactly what happened, nor am I judging, I’m only conveying information that has not been mentioned in the media but which is part of the public record.

Caleb

This whole discussion is besides the point to an extreme degree. Even if several of his teammates were at this party, and even if many of them were intoxicated, is that an excuse for this guy sexually assaulting someone? Come again?

PVSFree

I’m not saying it’s an excuse, I’m interpreting Turner’s statements as “the drinking/party culture was unavoidable, and me taking part in that lead to the sexual assault”, and I’m disagreeing with that, saying that on most of the team’s I’ve been on, there have only been a couple guys that take part in that and there are the ones that don’t take part

Coach Mike 1952

It all boils down to Turner being in denial. Hopefully this all will be part of him “waking up”.

Cynthia mae Curran

LSD is one of the worst drugs. You can have a bad trip and never come out of it .

Cynthia mae Curran

It i that bad, Mike Mcintonish a pastor of Calvary Chapel San Diego took LSD and was in the mental hospital. He had a really bad trip and thought the side of his brain was blow out. He finally came out of it but it took 3 years.

Cynthia mae Curran

It is that bad, I mean.

Concerned

God he just does not want to take responsibility for his actions! It’s easier to blame others than look in the mirror and blame yourself. Be a man, Brock. Obviously his dad never taught him that.

He\'s not a great person

if he took ownership he would’ve faced a heck of a lot more jail time. would uou?

Swammer

Clearly from his actions that night, his parent’s didn’t teach him much of anything

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