Former Texas head coach Chris Beard gives first statement since firing, dropped charges

Christina Huang, Sports Editor

CW: This article contains mentions of interpersonal violence. 

Former Texas basketball head coach Chris Beard released his first statement after Travis County officially dropped domestic violence charges against him.

“I am pleased with the announcement that the charges against me have been dismissed,” Beard said in a statement on Thursday. “While I always had faith and confidence in the truth and this outcome, it has been extremely challenging to wait patiently and not publicly respond. I’m sorry and deeply remorseful to my family, friends, all my players and staff both most recent and past, and everyone at my alma mater, The University of Texas, including the fans and supporters who were affected by this situation. I would also like to thank all those who have reached out to express encouragement and love during this difficult time.”

Randi Trew, Beard’s fiance, called 911 on Dec. 12, claiming Beard choked, bit and hit her during an altercation. Beard was arrested and charged with third-degree felony assault on a family member.

Trew released a statement on Dec. 23, saying that she never intended to have Beard arrested or charged.

Chris has stated that he was acting in self-defense, and I do not refute that,” Trew said in a statement obtained by Ryan Autullo of the Austin American-Statesman. “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.”

Travis County district attorney José Garza officially filed the motion to dismiss the charges against Beard on Wednesday.

“Our office has determined that the felony offense cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” the Travis County district attorney’s office said in a statement. 

Beard was suspended without pay on the day he was arrested. UT later fired him on Jan. 5. 

Interim head coach Rodney Terry currently holds a 13-5 record as the Longhorns’ leader. Texas’ next game is at home against Oklahoma on Saturday.