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Wyoming's Smith, Martinez kicked off teams after arrest

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Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 7:44 pm

Two University of Wyoming student-athletes were kicked off their respective teams Wednesday after being arrested by Laramie police.

Sophomore men’s basketball player Shakir Smith and junior wrestler Patrick Martinez have charges pending at the Laramie Police Department.

Smith and Martinez were arrested Tuesday, and as of Wednesday afternoon both were being held in the Albany County jail.

Smith was arrested for larceny; Martinez for conspiracy to commit larceny.

But Laramie Police Department Commander Mitchell Cushman said Wednesday afternoon that the latter charge will not be pursued.

Cushman said police responded to a burglary at a Laramie apartment during the early morning hours of Sept. 29. Cushman said the investigation is still ongoing.

Larceny over $1,000 is a felony punishable up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $10,000 or both.

This is Smith’s second run-in with the law this year. In early June he pled guilty to one count of misdemeanor criminal entry and was fined $290 in an incident that involved UW forward Leonard Washington.

Smith, a 6-foot-1 guard from Tucson, Ariz., played in 15 games last season as a true freshman and averaged 0.5 points a game.

Martinez of Hemet, Calif., was 35-12 last season at 174 pounds and advanced to the NCAA Tournament where he went 1-2.

He was second on the team in wins, fourth in dual wins (10), fifth in dual points (40), fourth in pins (nine), second in technical falls (three) and fifth in major decisions (seven).

In 2010-11, he was 29-15 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

UW men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt, wrestling coach Mark Branch and UW refused comment on Wednesday.

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1 comment:

  • riverrock19 posted at 1:32 pm on Thu, Oct 25, 2012.

    riverrock19 Posts: 12

    Sadly, Smith should have been gone after the first incident. That is, Smith and his other accomplice. But these are UW sports figures and the department did its job burying the incident. But now that we have "two times", well I guess that even this would offend an AD and a coach.

    Our AD and coaches should help our young men and women atheletes. But then again, look at how our football coach represented the univeristy, fans, players and the state of Wyoming and how hard our AD tried to let it slide. That is, until the YouTube video. Perhaps apples really don't fall too far from the tree.


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