Arkansas basketball players Anton Beard, Jacorey Williams and Dustin Thomas have been arrested. According to the Washington County Sheriff’s office, they have a court appearance scheduled from Friday morning to face one charge each of forgery.
The arrest stems from a series of incidents this weekend, where the three players were caught on surveillance camera using counterfeit bills, according to a police report. All three were caught using counterfeit $20 bills to purchase goods, while Beard got change for six counterfeit $50 bills and three counterfeit $100 bills, according to the report.
“We have become aware of a pending legal issue involving three men’s basketball student-athletes,” the school said in a statement. “The student-athletes have been suspended indefinitely from the men’s basketball program. Our continued expectation is that our student-athletes conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times.”
Beard, a sophomore point guard, averaged 5.7 points in just under 19 minutes last season. Williams is a senior forward that averaged 4.8 points off the bench. Thomas transferred into Arkansas this offseason after spending his first two seasons with Colorado.
Drake committed an NCAA violation while at Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness
Remember when Drake visited Lexington for Big Blue Madness?
Of course you do. That airball was unforgettable. What was also unforgettable, at least for Class of 2015 recruit Charles Matthews, was getting a chance to take a picture with the most famous rapper in America that doesn’t write his own lyrics:
That’s an NCAA violation. According to a letter obtained by the Sporting News, Kentucky told Drake not to meet with the recruits that were on campus for the event because it was a violation of NCAA protocol, going as far as to post staffers in hallways to avoid the rapper crossing paths with the players.
Didn’t work too well, it seems.
Not only did Kentucky have to self-report the Level III violation, they sent a cease and desist letter to Drake and his management team.
Report: NCAA investigation into Southern Miss now complete
They are expected to receive a Notice of Allegations within the next week.
Tyndall left USM for the head coaching position at Tennessee in the spring of 2014, before the violations were reported, but he was fired by the Vols this March when it became clear that he was going to be getting hit with penalties as a result of the investigation. It is suspected that he took part in granting improper benefits to student-athletes that were ineligible to be on the team or on scholarship.
Rick Barnes was hired to replace Tyndall at Tennessee. Doc Sadler replaced Tyndall at Southern Miss