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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Wyoming's Martinez suspended for role in bar fight

More details have emerged about the fight led to the suspension of Wyoming senior guard Luke Martinez.  It also seems that the Cowboys' second leading scorer will not be returning to the team anytime soon.
Luke Martinez
An affidavit of probable cause obtained by the Casper Star-Tribune cites several witnesses who claim Martinez kicked a victim in the face during the Dec. 30 fight after teammate Derrick Cooke Jr. knocked the victim out with a punch.

One witness in the affidavit suggested Martinez took "a running start" of about 15 feet before kicking the unconscious victim in the head as he lay in the street in front of a bar in Laramie. A second witness said Martinez kicked the victim's head "like it was a football." The victim's brother told police the victim suffered multiple fractures of his jaw in the fight and had to have his jaw wired shut.
Police arrested Martinez on a charge of aggravated battery and assault on Sunday for his involvement in the fight, during which he also broke a bone in his hand. Cooke has not been arrested, perhaps because witnesses say he punched the victim to protect Martinez after the victim swung at his teammate first.
The negative publicity from the incident has tarnished what otherwise has been a sterling season for Wyoming. The Cowboys (14-1) were one of the final four unbeaten teams in the nation before falling at the buzzer to Boise State last Wednesday, and they rebounded with a road win at Nevada over the weekend.

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