Two UW Athletes Kicked Off Team After Arrest

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Two UW Athletes Kicked Off Team After Arrest

Two former University of Wyoming athletes who were kicked off their teams after they were arrested Tuesday have been charged with theft-related crimes. Former men's basketball player Shakir Smith faces one felony count of larceny for his alleged involvement in a burglary Sept. 29. Former wrestler Patrick Martinez faces one misdemeanor count of wrongfully taking or disposing of property for allegedly having a stolen TV that belonged to the university's athletic department. A news release from the UW athletics department after the players were dismissed said Cowboys basketball coach Larry Shyatt and wrestling coach Mark Branch wouldn't comment. Smith, a sophomore, played in 15 games last season with the Cowboys. Martinez, a junior, was 1 of Wyoming's top returning wrestlers this season.