Baylor suspended guard LaceDarius Dunn indefinitely following his arrest in Waco, Texas, the school announced Tuesday.
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Dunn was charged with aggravated assault for an incident with his girlfriend. Luke Winn of SI.com reports that Dunn “caused serious bodily injury” to the woman on Sept. 27 and turned himself in Tuesday. Waco police say he broke her jaw. Bond was set at $12,500.
The school didn’t say much other than it was gathering facts regarding the arrest, and had a straightforward quote from coach Scott Drew.
“LaceDarius Dunn has been indefinitely suspended from all team activities Drew said.
Dunn, a senior guard who is closing in on the Big 12’s career scoring record, was one of the key members to the Bears’ run to the Elite Eight last season when they won a school record 28 games.
He was named to the preseason list for the Wooden Award Monday and will likely be a candidate for the preseason All-America team.
UPDATE: Dunn’s girlfriend, Lacharlesia Edwards, doesn’t want to press charges. FOXsports.com’s Jeff Goodman spoke to her father. From his blog:
“She said it was an accident,” Edwards told FOXSports.com. “She said she sneaked up on him in the dark and he hit her by mistake. It wasn’t a fight at all.”
“She doesn’t want to press charges or anything like that,” he added. “She’s torn up now that he’s been arrested.”
Charles Edwards said his daughter and Dunn have been dating since junior high school and have a 3-year-old son, Dillion, together.
“I’ve known him for a while and was hearing nasty things, so I drove down from Monroe, Louisiana to Dallas to find out,” he said. “I knew it was out of character, so I wanted to see for myself.”
“My daughter is much better,” Edwards added. “She’s fine. She and I really both thought this had already been dropped.”
Her father later added to the AP that “If something would have happened to my daughter, I would probably be in jail right now in Waco because I probably would have done something to that young man. In this case, she said they were playing, and that’s it.”
How this case will proceed is anyone’s guess.
It doesn’t appear that Edwards will press charges. And how will Drew handle Dunn’s suspension? Does he wait for all legal action to conclude, or simply suspend Dunn for a set amount of games and continue to monitor the guard’s behavior?
Either way, there’s no easy answer.