Texas coach Rick Barnes suspends Martez Walker after assault charge

Posted September 12th, 2014


9:40 a.m. update: Walker’s girlfriend told police around on Sept. 10 that the left side of her body, around her ribs, “really hurt” and that she was having trouble breathing after Walker assaulted her that night, according to an arrest affidavit. She said the attack happened because he was upset that she went to a happy hour with a friend, a male colleague.

She said that Walker became very angry when he found out she was with him and they started to argue, the affidavit says. The girlfriend then told Walker that she wanted to get something to eat but that Walker wouldn’t let her leave the San Jacinto Residence Hall dorm room they were in, the affidavit says.

She then slapped Walker one time, saying she was “tired of this,” the document says, and then hid her face and went into the fetal position on the couch because she said she knew from previous fights with Walker that he was going to hit her.


She told police that Walker then punched her “hard” four times on her left side, dragged her by her arms and threw her out of his room, telling her he was done with her, the affidavit says.

Walker was gone when a university police officer arrived around 10:20 p.m. The officer noticed a bruise on the right side of her neck, which she said was from a previous assault by Walker, the affidavit says.

Medics took her to St. David’s Medical Center with possible broken ribs.

A warrant for Walker’s arrest was issued on Thursday.

Jail officials said that Walker arrived at the courthouse around 1 a.m. Friday morning and was processed at 1:27 a.m.

8:05 a.m. update: According to a UT police, the school was notified by EMS at 10:18 p.m. Wednesday that someone had been assaulted in the San Jacinto dorm. Upon arrival, EMS found a female UT student had sustained injuries and was transported to the hospital.

It was later determined the alleged victim was a UT student, according to a UT police spokeswoman. The alleged victim later told police that Martez Walker was her boyfriend.

Walker turned himself into Travis County officials around midnight Friday. Court officials said Walker was released on a personal bond. Bail had been set at $7,500.

Also Friday morning, UT President Bill Powers released the following statement: “Physical abuse and violence will not be tolerated at the University of Texas. We take this allegation extremely seriously. Coach Barnes has suspended the player from the team and the university has begun to take appropriate action to ensure the safety of our students, even as the investigation continues.”

Earlier: Texas men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes has suspended guard Martez Walker after the sophomore was charged with Class A misdemeanor assault with injury by campus police.

The suspension was announced just before 2 a.m. Friday. Details about the incident were not immediately known.

“We are aware of the situation with Martez and he is cooperating with campus police officials,” Barnes said in a statement. “We have consistently stressed to all of our student-athletes for a long time that any behavior in which women are not treated with respect will not be tolerated.

“Pending resolution, Martez has been suspended indefinitely from our basketball program and will not participate in any team functions,” Barnes added in the statement.

Walker averaged 4.7 points in 33 games last season for the Longhorns.

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