Content warning: This story contains details of domestic violence
Texas Longhorns basketball coach Chris Beard was arrested early Monday morning and charged with third-degree felony assault.
Beard’s arrest comes after allegedly assaulting a ‘family/household member’ in a way that ‘impeded breath circulation’.
According to Austin Police:
On December 12, 2022, at approximately 12:15 a.m., the Austin Police Department (APD) received a 9-1-1 call for a disturbance in the 1900 block of Vista Lane. The caller reported the disturbance was no longer ongoing and one of the individuals had left the house. APD officers responded and located a woman who stated she had been assaulted and strangled by Christopher Michael Beard.
Austin PD re Coach Chris Beard arrest: pic.twitter.com/ieb2b84w8n— Ken Herman (@kherman) December 12, 2022
The booking occurred just after 4 a.m. Monday morning.
Beard’s bond hearing was held in the early afternoon.
Listened to zoom of Chris Beard's bond hearing. Conditions: must stay 200 yards away from victim. Can communicate via text, phone but in a non-threatening way. Must stay 200 yards away from house.— Dana O'Neil (@DanaONeilWriter) December 12, 2022
Less than a hour later, the Texas head coach was released.
Chris Beard just left Travis County jail. He and his attorney answered no questions before driving away— Jim Vertuno (@JimVertuno) December 12, 2022
BREAKING: Prominent Austin attorney Perry Minton, representing Beard says: "Coach Beard is 100 percent innocent of these charges. He should have never been arrested. The complainant wants him released immediately and all charges dismissed. It is truly inconceivable." https://t.co/QtZOcu8kkq— Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) December 12, 2022
Just got off phone w Travis County Sheriff office. Chris Beard is still in jail and will remain until probable cause affidavit received. Has to appear before judge within 24 hours of arrest, so can be up until 4am. Also Texas has a game tonight.— Dana O'Neil (@DanaONeilWriter) December 12, 2022
“We are continuing to gather information and monitoring the legal process,” per a statement from the University released this morning shortly after news of the arrest broke nationally.
Below is language from the termination and suspension clause in Beard’s contract.
In the "SUSPENSION AND TERMINATION" section of the Chris Beard contract: pic.twitter.com/NvOPLrCxYP— Danny Davis (@_dannydavis) December 12, 2022
Texas plays Rice tonight at the Moody Center — tipoff at 7 p.m. While it is unclear who will coach Texas, the clear interim option is assistant head coach Rodney Terry. Terry has almost a decade of head coaching experience, with stops at both Fresno State and UTEP.