BREAKING NEWS: Texas Longhorns basketball suspends coach Chris Beard without pay after arrest for ‘choking a family member’ – as he faces third-degree assault charges
Texas Longhorns basketball has suspended coach Chris Beard without pay after he was arrested Monday for allegedly “choking a family member.”
Beard was cited for third-degree assault at 4:18 a.m. Monday, and the team released a statement later that day confirming that he would not be present with the team for the foreseeable future.
“The university takes cases of interpersonal violence involving members of the community seriously. Given the available information, the university has suspended Chris Beard from his position as head men’s basketball coach and will withhold his salary until further notice, the school said.
Austin police were called to his home Monday, where a woman claims she was “assaulted and choked” by the 49-year-old.
Texas men’s basketball coach Chris Beard (L) leaves the Travis County Jail with attorney Perry Minton (R) after an 11-hour stint for an alleged overnight domestic violence incident
Austin police say they took a “disturbance hotshot” call after midnight and officers were dispatched to Vista Lane in a residential area of the Texas capital. Beard has a listed address on that street (pictured)
Beard is now suspended by the Texas Longhorns basketball team without pay
He has posted a $10,000 bond and was subsequently released from the Travis County Jail. An arrest warrant is not available at this time, according to the Travis County Clerk’s office.
Beard’s attorney, Perry Minton, told the Austin American-Statesman that his client “is 100 percent innocent of these charges.”
“He should never have been arrested,” Minton told the paper. “The complainant wants him released immediately and all charges dismissed. It is truly unthinkable.’
Texas basketball coach Chris Beard has been arrested on a felony charge of domestic violence after allegedly choking a family member, according to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office
Austin police say they took a “disturbance hotshot” call after midnight and officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Vista Lane in a residential area of the Texas capital. Beard has a listed address on that street.
A “hotshot” call is described on the department’s website as an “incident in progress [that] is an immediate threat to life and/or public safety.’
The Longhorns are currently ranked second overall in the Associated Press poll at 7-1 and are scheduled to host in-state rival Rice on Monday night.
Associate head coach Rodney Terry will serve as the acting head coach for the game, and is expected to continue in the role in the coming days and weeks.
Beard is currently in his second season at Texas after leaving Texas Tech in 2021.
Beard and his wife, Leslie, have three daughters, according to his biography from Angelo State University, where he coached from 2013 to 2015.
Beard and the Longhorns went 22–12 last season before losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament
Since then, the 49-year-old has coached at Little Rock and Texas Tech, where he was named the 2019 AP National Coach of the Year when he led the Red Raiders to the NCAA title game. Ultimately, Texas Tech would lose to Virginia, but the tournament would help Beard sign a reported seven-year, $35 million deal with the Texas athletic department in April 2021.
Beard and the Longhorns went 22–12 last season before losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
He can be fired for cause as a consequence of his arrest, meaning he will not be liable for the remainder of his contract.
As it stands, he is now suspended and will not be paid while the investigation is ongoing.
This is the second arrest to hit the Texas men’s basketball program this year, after Arterio Morris, who is facing a domestic violence charge after an alleged incident with his ex-girlfriend. Morris is due in court for a hearing in the case on Wednesday.