New details about the arrest of Chris Beard, Texas men’s basketball coach have emerged revealing that the second-year Longhorns coach was arrested early Monday after a physical altercation with his fiancee in which he allegedly “strangled” the woman, according to court documents.
Beard, 49, was arrested Monday. and charged with assault on a family/home member by impairing the circulation of respiration, a third degree felony, after Austin police received a 911 call for a disturbance just after midnight.
court records obtained by KXAN revealed that a woman, identified as Beard’s fiancée, told police that she and Beard had been dealing with relationship issues when a verbal argument ensued after she took his reading glasses and broke them.
CHRIS BEARD, TEXAS MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH, ARRESTED ON ASSAULT CHARGE
She told police he “just hit me and got super violent,” adding that Beard “choke me, threw me out of bed, bit me, bruised my whole leg, threw me and went crazy.” , according to a court. sworn declaration.
The woman also told police she couldn’t breathe after Beard allegedly put his arm around her neck while he was behind her. The affidavit described her injuries as a bite to her arm, a cut to her face and thumb, and a scratch to her leg, which she attributed to Beard.
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Beard reportedly told police that he had audio recordings showing that he was not the “primary offender” but refused to provide them when asked, according to KXAN.
The University of Texas announced Tuesday night that Beard had been suspended without pay following his arrest.
“The University takes matters of interpersonal violence involving members of its community seriously. Based on the information available, the University has suspended Chris Beard from his position as head men’s basketball coach and will withhold his pay until further notice.” the school said in a statement. statement via ESPN.
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Beard was released from the Travis County Jail Monday afternoon. His attorney denied the charges in a statement to the Austin American-Statesman.
“Coach Beard is 100% innocent of these charges. He should never have been arrested. The whistleblower wants him released immediately and all charges dismissed. It’s truly unconscionable.”