Arkansas Razorbacks sophomore guard has avoided trial on forgery charges and will return to the team in December after serving a semester-long suspension.
According to an AP report, Beard has entered a “pre-trial diversion program” and could see the charges dropped entirely if he meets all of the court’s requirements. He was arrested by Fayetteville police in July after he was seen using and exchanging counterfeit $20 and $50 bills. His time in the program could last anywhere from nine months to a year and if he puts one toe out of line, be it failing a drug test or anything else, the charges (which are still pending) could end up being pursued despite his case being sent to drug treatment and diversionary court.
Beard was arrested in July with teammates Dustin Thomas and Jacorey Williams after police caught all three men on tape using the counterfeit bills. Thomas’ case is still pending, while Williams was dismissed from the university.
Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson addressed Beard’s status briefly,.
“We have taken this matter extremely seriously within our program,” Anderson said, adding that Beard was still enrolled in school. “Now that the matter has been resolved, we look forward to having Anton rejoin our program for practices and team-related activities.”
Beard posted 5.7 points per game in a limited role last season and should see that role increase upon his return. Assuming he’s in game shape, his first game back should be when Arkansas hosts the Southern’s Mercer Bears on December 19.
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