Anton Beard and Jacorey Williams, two probable starters for Arkansas' basketball team this season, have apparently been arrested for alleged forgery according to the infamous Washington County Detention Center website.
Details of the arrest have not yet been made public other than they were both booked Wednesday afternoon just before 2:00.
We also don't yet know what sort of punishments would accompany these charges. Arrests have not been commonplace in the Mike Anderson era at Arkansas, so it remains to be seen how he'll handle these developments.
Beard is the only returning starter for the Razorbacks after putting together an All-SEC Freshman season after averaging 5.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.7 assists for the Hogs.
Williams is one of this team's many seniors and had been in great position to start. He averaged 4.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 16.2 minutes per game for Arkansas last season. He easily has the most experience and production returning among the Hogs' frontcourt players.
Not that this needs to be said, but it's really disappointing to see this from two players expected to be among the team's leaders this year. I'm sure that's one point Anderson will be hitting home with them in the coming days.
One of Arkansas' new players, Dustin Thomas, is now showing on the website along with Beard and Williams. He's also been arrested for forgery. Thomas transferred to Arkansas this season from Colorado. He isn't eligible to play this year.
Not good news today for Mike Anderson as JaCorey Williams and Anton Beard were arrested for using counterfeit $20 bills in Fayetteville.— Razorback Nation (@RazNation) July 22, 2015
So apparently they were using fake $20s around Fayetteville. This is a really big deal.
Mike Anderson has suspended all 3 players indefinitely.
This from the police report, according to KNWA:
Police have been investigating forgeries since May. All three men were identified on surveillance images from Fayetteville businesses
According to a police report, Beard and Thomas were seen buying tobacco products with fake $20 bills. Police say Beard also asked the clerk to change fake $50 bills into $100 bills. Williams was also identified by police as buying merchandise with a fake $20 bill.
According to police, Beard, Thomas and Williams deny knowing that the money was fake.
NINE counts of 1st degree forgery for Beard. That's bad.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Beard faces 9 counts of 1st degree forgery, while Dustin Thomas faces 2 counts and Jacorey Williams faces 1 count.</p>— Greg Dailey (@5NEWSGreg) <a href="https://twitter.com/5NEWSGreg/status/623964045528440833">July 22, 2015</a></blockquote>
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