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.”