No matter what this looks like from the outside, no one truly knows what happened inside that house besides God, Trew, and Beard. But what we do know is that when things like this happen it’s another crushing blow to women as they continue their fight to be heard and believed, because as we know, sports is a place where violence against women is a forgivable sin.

Beard is currently suspended without pay “until further notice” due to the incident that led to him being arrested on a felony family violence charge. The school is reviewing Trew’s statement and hasn’t decided on what to do next.

For those that believed Trew from the beginning, everything about this feels wrong. And for those that thought she was lying, they feel vindicated — as if this is another example of a “woman trying to take down a ‘good man.” But in the end, women are the losers. Which is usually the case whenever doubt surrounds an allegation. A woman retracting her statement after a domestic incident isn’t new. But the idea that these women just keep lying about it is archaic.


According to KVUE ABC in Austin, the arrest affidavit that they obtained described Trew’s injuries as “a bite mark to her right forearm with visible teeth mark and redness, an abrasion to her right eyebrow and temple area, an abrasion on her left leg spanning from her knee to foot and a cut to her left thumb with dried blood.” The affidavit also included an “Assault Victims Statement (AVS)“ which listed scratches on her back, scratch mark to right eye, bite mark to right arm, abrasion and bruises to left leg, and cut to left hand as additional injuries to Trew.

In 2016, The South Bend Tribune reported that “false reporting in domestic violence cases and rape cases is between 2 percent and 6 percent.” Stats and factual information be damned, I guess.


When a woman recants a story it doesn’t necessarily mean that she lied or that it didn’t happen. It means that she may have chosen the lesser of two evils, or is in fear of retaliation and how that could disrupt the family structure, or she has compassion for a man that she loves who might have their career/livelihood upended over one, or multiple, bad decision(s). Grace should be given when someone is faced with a potentially life-changing decision.

Last week, Megan Thee Stallion exemplified why women should be believed when they make allegations. Last week, Randi Trew showed why women aren’t always believed when they make allegations. This was a story about women in America — and the men and women who don’t believe them.