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Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 6:00 am

Luke Martinez went from injured to suspended Monday.

The University of Wyoming senior guard was suspended indefinitely by coach Larry Shyatt after he was arrested early Sunday morning on a charge of aggravated assault and battery.

The charge came after further investigation of Martinez’s involvement in a fight outside the Buckhorn Bar in Laramie on Dec. 30, where Martinez fractured a bone in his right hand.

Cmdr. Mitchell Cushman of the Laramie Police Department said Monday that Martinez was arrested at about 2:15 a.m. Sunday. He is scheduled to appear in circuit court in Laramie this morning.

Cushman said he was not sure why the arrest was made when it was, other than the fact that was when the arresting officers were able to find Martinez.

Martinez was taken to the Albany County Detention Center for booking following his arrest. Aggravated assault and battery is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Cushman said “multiple people were involved in the fight on the street” outside of the Buckhorn Bar. Cushman said many of those involved fled the scene when police arrived.

Cushman said only a few people remained, and no one knew anything that was going on. Martinez was one of the people who remained at the scene when the police arrived.

UW released a statement Monday morning that Martinez was suspended from the team indefinitely. No one from UW’s athletics department will have further comment, since this is a legal matter, according to the release.

However, Shyatt was interviewed on the Tim Brando Show on CBS Sports Network Monday and said: “We have got to let the process play out. We are going to do everything we can to help him, but we have to let the process play out.”

Martinez was on the bench with the team for its 59-48 win at Nevada last Saturday. Martinez had a cast on his hand and was scheduled for an X-ray Monday.

Martinez has missed UW’s last three games, and the team is 2-1 during that time. He is the Cowboys’ second-leading scorer (14.5 ppg), and leads with 25 steals. Martinez also had made a team-best 35 3-pointers and shoots 42.2 percent from 3-point range.

“We’re thinking about Luke, for sure,” said sophomore guard Riley Grabau prior to Monday’s practice. “We’ve been playing well without him, but he is a great guy, a great personality and a great basketball player. Those are some pretty big shoes to fill, but we’ve done it and everybody has stepped up.”

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  • Grizz posted at 3:57 pm on Tue, Jan 15, 2013.

    Grizz Posts: 5

    Hey Poke Fan, you bet I'll put this one on the coach. There were 3 Cowboys at this bar and participating in this fight. When I was in college in the early 70's, you didn't see athletes in bars during the season (in 1973 any 19 year old could drink in Wyoming). The coaches made darn sure the kids had a curfew and followed it. I don't put Martinez lack of brains on the coach, but I put the fact that 3 Cowboys basketball players were at a bar fight directly on his shoulders. Those kids are getting a "free" education and should be better representatives of the University and the great people of the State of Wyoming. It is the coach's responsibility to set the rules and then make sure they all follow them. Allowing 3 players to go to a bar, get drunk and get into a fight is just asking for trouble.......just like they have to face now.

  • WYOmae posted at 2:19 pm on Tue, Jan 15, 2013.

    WYOmae Posts: 4

    After reading the article about the court date just posted, I'm going to trust my 'source' from now on. I didn't think anyone was really that stupid.

    I guess I was wrong.

  • POKE FAN posted at 1:15 pm on Tue, Jan 15, 2013.

    POKE FAN Posts: 32

    Hey Grizz...don't put this on on the coach...Martinez is a 22 year old adult...he's going to do what he wants and he needed to be responsible--he made a huge mistake--to bad because the Pokes are going to have a great year and he will not be a part of it. GO POKES...can't wait for the tournament in March!!!

  • WYOmae posted at 12:56 pm on Tue, Jan 15, 2013.

    WYOmae Posts: 4

    From what sources say, Derek Cooke and Nathan Sobey were there too.
    The 'victim' took a swing at Martinez, and Cooke dropped him, out cold. Martinez, then took a running start and FG kicked 'victim' in the face.

    So, after initial investigation and witness statements, Martinez was arrested for the Aggravated Assault charge on someone who was already knocked out, 2 weeks after the event.

    Not smart.

  • dirk diggler posted at 6:37 am on Tue, Jan 15, 2013.

    dirk diggler Posts: 11

    I'm sure once the constables are done, the charges will be dropped. Aggravated Assault is ridiculous. Waste of Tax payer funds for this DA to move thru this strategy.
    Good lesson for young buck, though. Go Pokes.

  • kellimichelley posted at 6:21 am on Tue, Jan 15, 2013.

    kellimichelley Posts: 1

    Fine job, Laramie police. You "caught" the guy that stuck around!! How many othersdoes it take to "brawl" and where are they?

  • Grizz posted at 8:07 pm on Mon, Jan 14, 2013.

    Grizz Posts: 5

    Hindsight is always 20/20, but one must wonder why Martinez was at a bar in the first place? Even if the kids were on break, most coaches have rules against things like partying, and especially against going to a bar and then getting into a fight. Hey coach, you ever hear of a curfew? To Mr. Martinez all I can say is "life is tough, but it's tougher when you are stupid." Heck of a price to pay for the privilege of tipping back a few brews with your buddies.

  • Just Win posted at 12:10 pm on Mon, Jan 14, 2013.

    Just Win Posts: 28

    Gagliardi just tweeted that Martinez was arrested yesterday for aggravated assault. Awesome work, Luke!


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