Chris Beard, the head coach of the Texas men’s basketball team, was arrested early Monday morning after reportedly strangling a lady at his house. According to police records, Beard, 49, was detained by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office at 4:18 a.m. CT on a felony third-degree assault complaint.
Police were dispatched to a “disturbance hot shot” 9-1-1 call, described as “incidents in progress that pose an imminent danger to life and/or public safety” (i.e. shootings, stabbings, rapes, riots). These calls are instantly despatched.”
Why he was Chris Beard arrested?
Monday afternoon, the Austin Police Department issued the following statement announcing the arrest of Beard: “The Austin Police Department (APD) received a 9-1-1 call about a disturbance in the 1900 block of Vista Lane at 12:15 a.m. on December 12, 2022. The caller said the incident had ended, and one of the parties had left the residence. Officers of the APD discovered a lady who said Christopher Michael Beard had attacked and strangled her. Beard was incarcerated in the Travis County Jail. Assault by Strangulation/Suffocation – Family Violence is a crime of the third degree.”
Texas suspended Beard indefinitely and without pay on Monday evening.
“The University takes matters of interpersonal violence involving members of its community seriously,” the school said in a statement. “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. Associate Head Coach Rodney Terry will serve as acting head coach for tonight’s game against Rice.”
Beard is no longer in Police custody
According to court documents, Beard, who is no longer in police custody has appeared before a magistrate judge in Austin Municipal Court on Monday afternoon and was given a $10,000 bail. A protection order prohibits Beard from coming within 200 yards of the lady and the location from which the 9-1-1 call originated until at least February 10, 2023. Beard is now prohibited from carrying a handgun. Beard is also expressly barred from communicating with the complainant in the case in a hostile or intimidating manner.
Multiple media sources obtained the arrest warrant for Beard late on Monday. According to the arrest record detailed below, the lady informed law enforcement that Beard “choked me, threw me off the bed, bit me, bruises all over my leg, throwing me around, and going nuts.”
She also told police she “just did not feel safe.”
“While on the scene, Christopher was interviewed and stated that he had audio recordings of the incident where he was not the primary aggressor,” the report reads. “Following Christopher’s statement, he was asked if he would be willing to share those audio recordings, to which he stated, no.”
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