New details about the detention Texas men’s basketball coach Chris Byrd evidence has emerged showing the second-year Longhorns coach was arrested early Monday morning after a physical altercation with his fiancee in which he allegedly “choked” the woman, according to court documents.
Barada, 49, was arrested on Monday and charged with assault on a family/household member impeding respiratory circulation, a third-degree felony, after Austin police received a 911 call about a disturbance just after midnight.
Court records received by KXAN A woman identified as Beard’s fiancee told police she and Beard were dealing with relationship issues when a verbal argument ensued after she took his reading glasses and broke them, the report said.
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She told police that “he just came at me and got really violent,” adding that Beard was “choking me, throwing me off the bed, biting me, I’ve got bruises all over my leg, throwing me around and going crazy,” according to the court. affidavit
The woman also told law enforcement she couldn’t breathe after Beard allegedly put his hand on her neck from behind. The affidavit described her injuries as a bite mark on her hand, a cut on her face and thumb and a scratch on her leg, which she attributed to Beard.
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Beard reportedly told police he had audio tapes proving he was not the “primary aggressor,” but refused to provide them when asked, KXAN reported.
The University of Texas announced Tuesday night that Byrd had been suspended without pay following his arrest.
“The university takes seriously the issues of interpersonal violence involving members of its community. Based on available information, the university has suspended Chris Bird as head men’s basketball coach and will suspend his pay until further notice,” the school said in a statement. statement, via ESPN.
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Beard was released from the Travis County Jail Monday afternoon. His lawyer denied the allegations in a statement Austin American statesman.
“Coach Beard is 100% innocent of these allegations. He should never have been arrested. The applicant wants his immediate release and the dismissal of all charges. It’s really unimaginable.”