TCU’s Eddie Lampkin Jr. steps away from team, mother suggests rift with Jamie Dixon


TCU forward Eddie Lampkin (4) celebrates with fans following the Frogs’ 77-68 win over No. 19 LSU on Jan. 29, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Esau Rodriguez Olvera/Head Staff Photographer)

By Sederick Oliver, Executive Editor, Image Magazine

Ahead of the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, No. 22 TCU men’s basketball center Eddie Lampkin Jr. stepped away from the team.

In a since-deleted Instagram post, Lampkin posted a series of screenshots of text messages that accused TCU men’s basketball head coach Jamie Dixon of misconduct and racially insensitive comments.

The first post was allegedly between Lampkin’s mother, Vanessa Lampkin and Dixon.

“Vanessa, thank you [for] taking the time to speak with us yesterday,” the text reads. “I am sorry that I was not able to get Eddie to reach the levels we had both hoped for. I understand that Eddie is entering the transfer portal…Wish him all the success. The first day for NCAA transfer portal is Monday March 13. We will expedite immediately. If there is anything we can do, please let me know. Coach Dixon.”

The next message appeared to be a reply from Vanessa Lampkin who responded, “Coach Dixon, we did not talk yesterday and no one has told you from our end that Eddie is entering the transfer portal. We discussing your behavior towards him. I do not appreciate the way you and everyone at TCU is making it about the transfer portal and not abut the real reason he is not there with the team he loves.”

She concludes with, “If you all don’t tell the truth of how you have mistreated, disrespected and said racial remarks towards him, we will,” the text continues. “Please do not disrespect my son’s name because all we have been is patient with YOU. Handle us with Christian values for once.”

In another post by Lampkin, a screenshot shows an alleged conversation between Lampkin and an assistant coach where the Horned Frog player expressed discontent with his playing situation.

“The pain didn’t come out of nowhere,” Lampkin appears to write. “Coach you know how Dixon treat us and [how] he do us, I told you this (expletive) everyday. I cried to coach to you and Benford. You know wassup. I’m hurt (for real for real).”

This comes on the heels of a 20-11 regular season record and a 9-9 record in conference play, ranking sixth in the Big 12.

In 24 games with 19 starts, Lampkin is averaging 6.3 points on 55% shooting and 5.9 rebounds.

There has not been any update regarding Lampkin’s return to the team or his playing future with the Frogs moving forward.

When asked about Lampkin’s accusations, Dixon said, “I haven’t seen it, [so] no comments on it.”

Dixon also mentioned that the team was unaware about Lampkin’s decision not to play in the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City until Tuesday.

“We wish him the best,” Dixon told reporters. “I love him, that’s a Horned Frog.”