Texas coach Chris Beard’s fiancee says he didn’t strangle her

AUSTIN, Texas – The woman who called police to report a violent incident in the family at the hands of Texas basketball coach Chris Beard said Friday that Beard did not strangle her and she never wanted him arrested or prosecuted .

Beard was suspended indefinitely without pay following his December 12 arrest on charges of strangling his fiancée, Randi Trew, who lives with him.

In a statement sent to The Associated Press by her attorney, Randy Leavitt, Trew said she was “deeply saddened” by the incident and said Beard acted against her in self-defense.

“Chris and I are deeply saddened that we have drawn negative attention to our family, friends and the University of Texas, among other things. As Chris’ fiancee and biggest supporter, I apologize for the part I played in this unfortunate event that my frustration at breaking his glasses sparked a physical fight between Chris and I,” Trew said in the statement.

“Chris didn’t strangle me and that’s what I told law enforcement that night. Chris has stated that he acted in self-defense and I don’t dispute that. I don’t think Chris was trying to intentionally harm me in any way. It was never my intention to have him arrested or prosecuted. We appreciate everyone’s support and prayers at this difficult time,” she said.

Leavitt confirmed that Trew, whose name was redacted by police from indictment documents, agreed to be publicly named. He declined further comments.

In a statement, the university said: “We are reviewing Randi Trew’s testimony. This matter is the subject of an internal investigation and the University is not commenting on ongoing investigations.”

“Randi is a smart and independent woman,” Beard’s attorney, Perry Minton, said in a statement Saturday morning. “And I think everyone should let her have her say on this matter.”

According to the police affidavit in support of Beard’s arrest, Trew first called 911 from her home and told responding officers that Beard had strangled her from behind to the point where she couldn’t breathe for several seconds, and she had bitten when a quarrel turned physical. The affidavit listed several visible signs of an altercation, including bite marks on her arm and abrasions on her face and leg.

According to the affidavit, Trew initially told police, “He choked me, bit him, bruised my whole leg, threw me around and drove me crazy.”

A separate Austin police incident report notes that Beard told police Trew hit him and he tried to grab her wrists to stop her. When asked if any punches landed, Beard told police, “I think she tried to hit my privates,” the incident report said.

Trew’s Friday statement did not address several details mentioned in the initial police reports, such as the bite marks and officers’ statement that Beard knocked her glasses off her face. But her denial that he strangled her could be of concern to prosecutors, as Beard has been charged with assault by strangulation/asphyxiation – domestic violence, a third-degree felony carrying a two to 10 year prison sentence if convicted.

A spokesman for the Travis County District Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Beard is in his second season on a guaranteed seven-year contract, which pays him more than $5 million a year. Before that, he was 112-55 in five seasons with the Red Raiders. He was named Coach of the Year by The Associated Press in 2019 when he led Texas Tech to a 31-7 finish, losing to Virginia in the national championship game in an overtime thriller.

Texas is 3-0 since Beard was suspended. The Longhorns play Texas A&M-Commerce on December 27 before starting the Big 12 game in Oklahoma on December 31.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Emma Bowman

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