Martez Walker leaves Texas after assault charge

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The 6-foot-4 point guard had a promising future in the burnt orange and white, a top-rated player from Michigan playing at a storied program. As a freshman, Martez Walker scored almost five points off the bench for the Texas Longhorns. His role was likely to expand this season.

But Walker received an indefinite suspension after being charged for assaulting his girlfriend in a dorm in September. Then came another arrest, this time for trespassing on campus, a week later.

Finally, CBS reported this week that the guard is no longer enrolled in classes at the University of Texas. While domestic abuse cases on college campuses sometimes go unnoticed, especially when the press doesn't get hold of the details, the issue has seen greater focus after the cases of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson that have erupted in pro football.

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Girlfriend 'really hurt'

Walker's girlfriend told police that the left side of her body, around her ribs, "really hurt," according to documents obtained by the Austin American-Statesmen. She said was having trouble breathing and that the attack happened because she had gone to a happy hour with a male friend of hers, which caused Walker to get angry at her.

The document went on to say that she went into the fetal position, afraid that Walker would hurt her because he had in the past. The guard allegedly punched her four times on her side and then threw her out of his room.

The issue was serious enough to get the Texas president Bill Powers involved.

"Physical abuse and violence will not be tolerated at the University of Texas," Powers said in a statement at the time. "We take this allegation extremely seriously. Coach Barnes has suspended the player from the team and the university has begun to take appropriate action to ensure the safety of our students, even as the investigation continues."

Future prospects

In the weeks following the assault and subsequent suspension, both the university and players stayed mum about the point guard's opportunity to rejoin the team.

With the news that Walker is no longer even enrolled at the school, it seems as if the decision has been made: he will not play again for the Longhorns. Texas Basketball released a tweet last week, confirming that he was no longer in classes.

The school did not make any other statements and Walker hasn't been reached by reporters, but the guard is still charged with a Class A misdemeanor of assault, which will have to be resolved in court at some point.

Whether or not he takes the court again is completely up in the air.

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