Suspended Texas guard Martez Walker arrested again
Not even a week after he was arrested for misdemeanor assault and barred from campus aside from class time, Texas guard Martez Walker did the one thing he could not afford to do if he has any hope of playing for the Longhorns this season.
He got into more trouble.
Walker was arrested for trespassing Monday after returning to the same dorm where he allegedly punched his girlfriend four times last week during a heated argument, the Austin American Statesman reported on Wednesday. Walker's girlfriend told police the initial argument last week began because he was upset that she went to a happy hour with a male colleague.
Texas coach Rick Barnes responded to Walker's initial arrest by suspending him indefinitely Friday, adding in a statement that the coaching staff has "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." The Longhorns have yet to comment since Walker's second arrest became public knowledge Wednesday morning.
Though Walker averaged 4.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game last season and closed the season by scoring in double figures in four of Texas' last five games, he certainly isn't irreplaceable for the Longhorns should they decide to dismiss him.
Texas returns all five starters and adds elite recruit Myles Turner, meaning there's a good chance Walker's role actually will diminish slightly this season even if he plays. One option for the Longhorns is inserting Turner into the lineup at power forward and sliding Jonathan Holmes to small forward, which would mean Walker, Demarcus Holland, Kendal Yancy, Demarcus Croaker and freshman Jordan Barnett all would be competing for playing time at wing off the bench.
So Walker already was in for a fight to keep his spot in the Texas rotation as a sophomore. Now that he has been arrested twice in one week, his place on the team is all the more tenuous.
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