Crime

UK men's basketball assistant is arrested, accused of assaulting his wife

Brian W. Shorter
Brian W. Shorter

UPDATE, 1/24/14, 8 p.m.: Brian W. Shorter pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree domestic violence assault and first-degree wanton endangerment on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. He was released on a sureties bond with conditions to stay away from his wife and live elsewhere. Shorter's next court date is April 1.

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An assistant on the University of Kentucky men's basketball coaching staff was arrested Thursday after allegedly locking his wife in an unheated garage and throwing water on her, Lexington police said.

Brian W. Shorter, 45, a strength and conditioning assistant coach in his second season at UK, was charged with wanton endangerment and fourth-degree assault, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. Shorter was being held in the Fayette County jail.

At 4:30 a.m. Thursday, officers were called to the Marriott Lexington North, 775 Newtown Court, where Shorter's wife had gone after she fled her home.

"The victim said her husband had assaulted her and locked her in a garage," Roberts said. "During the course of an argument, the conflict escalated and became physical."

The woman told police that while she was in the garage, Shorter "went to the garage and threw a bucket of water on her," Roberts said. "That's what the wanton endangerment charge is for. In these freezing temperatures, throwing cold water on someone is dangerous."

Officers went to the couple's house, where they verified the victim's complaint and arrested Shorter, Roberts said.

When asked via Twitter for comment, John Hayden, associate director of media relations for the UK athletic department, responded with a statement: "We're aware of the situation and we're gathering information."

The UK media guide identifies Shorter as head coach John Calipari's "first ever recruit." That's a reference to when Calipari was an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Shorter was among the leading scorers for that school in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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