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Chris Beard Fiancé Says Texas Basketball Coach ‘Did Not Strangle Me’

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Less than two weeks after Texas basketball coach Chris Beard was arrested, his fiancé has spoken out.

Beard was arrested for “Assault on a family/household member”, according to police records. He also apparently was preventing the victim from breathing. Beard was booked with a third degree felony.  He was released from the Travis County jail after posting a cash bond. Beard’s bail had been set at $10,000.

 

However, his fiancé is telling a different story.

Randi Trew put out a statement, according to Tony Plohetski of the Austin American-Statesman, saying, “Chris and I are deeply saddened that we have brought negative attention upon our family, friends, and the University of Texas, among others. As Chris’ fiancé and biggest supporter, I apologize for the role I played in this unfortunate event. I realize that my frustration, when breaking his glasses, initiated a physical struggle between Chris and myself. Chris did not strange me, and I told that to law enforcement that evening. Chris has stated he was acting in self-defense, and I do not refute that. I do not believe Chris was trying to intentionally harm me in any way. It was never my intent to have him arrested or prosecuted. We appreciate everyone’s support and prayers during this difficult time.”

 

At the time of the arrest, according to records from the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Beard was arrested for “Assault on a family/household member.” He also apparently was preventing the victim from breathing. Beard was booked with a third degree felony.  He was released from the Travis County jail at 2:44 p.m. after posting a cash bond. Beard’s bail had been set at $10,000.

Chris Beard’s mugshot was released by the Austin, Texas PD on Monday afternoon. Chris Beard’s attorney says his client is “100% innocent”.

Beard has been suspended by the University of Texas until further notice.

“The University takes matters of interpersonal violence involving members of its community seriously. Given the information available, The University has suspended Chris Beard from his position as head coach of Men’s Basketball and will withhold his pay until further notice,” the school said in a statement.

 

Beard is in his second season as the head coach of the Texas basketball program. He took the job prior to the 2021 season after a successful run at Texas Tech. Beard spent five seasons in Lubbock, where he led the Red Raiders to an NCAA Championship Game appearance in 2019 and finished with a 112-55 record. In his first year with the Longhorns, Beard went 22-12 and 10-8 in Big 12 play. Texas made the NCAA Tournament, but lost in the second round. Beard had a ton of returning talent this season and has the Longhorns off to a 7-1 start and ranked No. 2 in the country.

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