HOUSTON (KTRK) --A security guard was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday for misdemeanor assault following the chaos after the University of Houston Cougars conference championship game December 5. As fans rushed the field, they were tackled and hit by security guards from the CSC security company.
Speaking exclusively to Eyewitness News, Derrick Hicks defended his actions at TDECU Stadium and says there is more to the story. Hicks says supervisors instructed guards to make sure nobody came onto the field.
"Make sure nobody come out the stand and if they do stop them from going on the field," Hicks said. "And if you have to, tackle them."
Hicks says he was punched by a student first and then he defended himself.
"I was probably wrong for hitting him too many times," he added.
Hicks says the guards never received proper training.
"I didn't get none at all. We watched a film and that was it," Hicks said.
This isn't Hick's first run in with the law. He admits he has a record, but was trying to get his life back on track, only to find himself back in trouble.
"I'm trying to do the right thing and you know, for that to happen to me, it hurt a little bit," he said.
Hicks regrets the incident happened and he regrets working for CSC. He apologized to the victim.
"I'm not that type of person. I'm sorry. I was just defending myself. If I see you again, I will shake his hand," he added.
The University of Houston cut ties with the security company after the incident.