FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas forward Arlando Cook has been suspended from the Razorbacks men’s basketball team indefinitely, coach Mike Anderson announced via press release Tuesday afternoon.
Cook was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of disorderly conduct, public intoxication and first-degree assault. A police report made after Cook’s arrest states Cook was found beating a man who appeared to be unconscious.
“Senior forward Arlando Cook has been suspended indefinitely and will not be permitted to participate in any team activities,” Anderson said in a statement. “This is not a situation that will be taken lightly. This type of behavior is not condoned by our program.”
Cook played in all 36 games last year and averaged 2.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 11.3 minutes per game. His role was likely to increase with the graduation of forward Moses Kingsley, the team’s best interior player last year.
Cook’s suspension is the first significant suspension Anderson has had to dole out in more than two years. In July 2015, guard Anton Beard and forwards Dustin Thomas and Jacorey Williams were suspended after arrests on first-degree forgery charges. The players allegedly used counterfeit bills. Thomas was sitting out the following season as a redshirt. Beard was suspended until December.
Williams, it was later learned, was part of two other alleged altercations that ultimately saw him kicked off the team. The forward, who averaged 17.3 points as the Conference USA Player of the Year last season with Middle Tennessee State, was investigated for two separate assaults that same July, as well. The first involved an altercation with a woman. The second involved a suspect punching a bouncer of a nightclub in the face and then fleeing the scene.
Neither the woman nor bouncer pressed charges, but Williams was removed from the team and subsequently transferred.
Interior forwards on the Arkansas roster now include Thomas (5.3 PPG), Trey Thompson (2.4 PPG), Adrio Bailey (1.9) and freshman Daniel Gafford. Freshman Darious Hall also could serve as a swingman type, much like Bailey.
Arkansas opens its season Nov. 10 at Bud Walton Arena against Samford.