TX basketball coach Chris Beard’s fiancé backtracks, says he didn’t try to strangle her, acted in self-defense

Texas basketball coach Chris Beard’s fiancé who earlier this month accused him of domestic abuse is changing her story and apologizing, claiming that he never tried to strangle her and acted in self-defense during the altercation.

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Beard was arrested after the incident and then indefinitely suspended by the University of Texas.

“Beard, a former national coach of the year, is in his second season as head coach at Texas. His team is currently ranked 7th in both the coaches poll and the Associated Press poll and was expected to contend for a spot in the Final Four at the beginning of this season,” according to The Blaze. “All of that was derailed on December 12th when Beard was arrested on domestic violence charges after a woman – whose name was redacted in the police reports – accused him of choking her until she almost blacked out and biting her. The university promptly suspended Beard indefinitely pending an investigation.”

Beard was charged with third-degree assault on a family or household member/impeding breath circulation. He was later released on $10,000 bail with the condition that he not go within 200 yards of the alleged victim or the home they reportedly shared.

Randi Trew is Beard’s fiancé and has now stepped forward as the woman who was involved in the altercation. She filed the police report against Beard. She has now issued a statement via her attorney, Randy Leavitt, to the media claiming that the coach never choked her as she initially told the police he did and that he was acting in self-defense in the situation.

According to ESPN, Trew initially told the police, “He choked me, bit me, bruises all over my leg, throwing me around and going nuts.”


“Chris and I are deeply saddened that we have brought negative attention upon our family, friends, and the University of Texas, among others. As Chris’ fiancé and biggest supporter, I apologize for the role I played in this unfortunate event. I realize that my frustration, when breaking his glasses, initiated a physical struggle between Chris and myself,” she said in her statement.

She also asserted that she told the police when they responded to the domestic abuse call that Beard did not strangle her.

“Chris did not strangle me, and I told that to law enforcement that evening. Chris has stated that he was acting in self-defense, and I do not refute that. 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. We appreciate everyone’s support and prayers during this difficult time,” Trew added.

The police are stating that she initially called 911 and reported that Beard had strangled her from behind to the point where she couldn’t breathe for several seconds, almost blacking out from the attack and that he also bit her. According to officers at the time of the arrest, there were bite marks on Trew’s arm and abrasions on her face and legs. Evidently, there was also an allegation that Beard slapped the glasses off her face.

When Beard was arrested, he claimed that his fiancé had tried to punch him, stating, “I think she was trying to hit my private parts.”

The University of Texas released a statement saying, “We are reviewing the statement from Randi Trew. This matter is the subject of an internal investigation and the university does not comment on pending investigations.”


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