Texas Basketball: Chris Beard’s fiancee releases statement, UT comments

Chris Beard, Texas basketball Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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There was another update regarding the saga of Texas basketball second-year head coach Chris Beard on Dec. 23. A tweet from Tony Plohetski of the Austin American-Statesman on the evening of Dec. 23 showed a statement that Beard’s fiancee, Randi Trew, made on the allegations against him.

Here is what the statement from Trew that was released on Dec. 23 read.

"“Chris and I are deeply saddened that we have brought negative attention upon our family, friends and the University of Texas, among others,” the statement read. “As Chris’ fiancée 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 has stated that 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 time.”"

Texas basketball head coach Chris Beard’s fiancee releases statement, University of Texas-Austin responds

The statement from Trew says that Beard “did not strangle her” when the original arrest was made on Dec. 12.

The University of Texas-Austin responded to the statement made by Trew, as reported by Dana O’Neil of The Athletic on Dec. 23.

Here is the reported statement from UT on this matter.

"“We are reviewing the statement from Randi Trew. This matter is the subject of an internal investigation and the university does not comment on pending investigations.”"

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Plohetsky originally reported on Dec. 12 that Beard was arrested and booked by Austin police in Travis County early that morning. Beard was originally booked at 4:18 a.m. CT in jail in Travis County on Dec. 12. Beard faced “a third-degree felony charge of assault on a family/household member-impede breath circulation”, according to Plohetsky’s report on Dec. 12 from the Austin American-Statesman.

This is a developing story and we will continue to monitor for any updates that come about.