University Of Texas men’s basketball coach Chris Beard has been arrested for allegedly choking a family member. According to police reports Chris Beard was arrested after police officers were investigating a domestic violence complaint. Chris Beard would be arrested and charged with assault by strangulation/suffocation – family violence which is a third degree felony in Texas punishable by two to ten years in prison. Chris Beard joined the University of Texas basketball team after coaching at Texas Tech. The University Of Texas who pays Chris Beard $5 million a season have said they are investigating the arrest.
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Texas men’s basketball coach Chris Beard was arrested early Monday on a felony family violence charge, according to Travis County Jail records.
The county Sheriff’s Office said the 49-year-old Beard was arrested by Austin police and booked at 4:18 a.m. on a charge of assault on a family or household member in which their breath was impeded, or choking, in common terms.
The charge is a third-degree felony in Texas, with a possible punishment of two to 10 years in prison. The jail records showed Beard had not yet posted bond as of Monday morning and did not indicate when he would be making an initial court appearance. No attorney for him was listed.
“The university is aware of the situation regarding Chris Beard. We are continuing to gather information and monitoring the legal process,” the school said in a statement.
The Longhorns (7-1), who have been ranked in the top 10 of the AP Top 25 this season, host Rice on Monday night.
Beard is in his second season of a seven-year guaranteed contract that pays him more than $5 million per year. Before coming to Texas, he Texas Tech to the 2019 NCAA Tournament championship game.
Texas freshman guard Arterio Morris also faces a misdemeanor family violence charge stemming from a June arrest after an incident with a former girlfriend and faces a Wednesday court hearing in Denton County near Dallas.
Morris was a top national recruit out of Dallas and has been allowed to play this season despite the charge, and averages 17 minutes and 6.5 points per game. Morris’ attorney Justin Moore has said Moore is innocent of the assault charge.
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University of Texas men’s basketball coach Chris Beard was arrested Monday morning on an assault by strangulation/suffocation – family violence, according to the Austin Police Department. That’s a third-degree felony.
Online jail records showed the 49-year-old coach was booked into the Travis County Jail at 4:18 a.m.
APD said it was called to the 1900 block of Vista Lane at 12:15 a.m., Monday for a disturbance in connection with Beard’s arrest. That’s in the Tarrytown neighborhood. According to an APD press release, when officers responded to the address they found a woman who said Beard “assaulted and strangled her.” APD wants anyone with more information about what happened to call them at 512-974-TIPS.
Austin-Travis County EMS was called to that address. A person refused treatment, ATCEMS said.
KXAN reached out to University of Texas Athletics for a statement. It responded with the following: “The University is aware of the situation regarding Chris Beard. We are continuing to gather information and monitoring the legal process.”
Beard is being held on a $10,000 bond, according to updated jail records