Posted: Apr 18, 2013 2:10 PM by Irina Cates - MTN News
MISSOULA - A former University of Montana Grizzlies football player and assistant coach is accused of assaulting his pregnant girlfriend early Thursday morning.
Shalon Jermaine Baker, 39, of Missoula is being charged with aggravated assault for the alleged incident, that happened just after 1:30 a.m. on Thursday at a home in the 700 block of Spruce Street.
Prosecutors say Baker and his girlfriend got into an argument, because she thought Baker might have been cheating on her. The fight allegedly turned physical when the woman locked herself in the bathroom, but Baker got in and pushed her against the wall, yelling at her.
Court papers state that at some point during the fight, the woman poured her bottle of water on Baker and that's when he allegedly started to choke her. The woman called 911 and Baker continued yelling until he realized that she was on the phone with dispatchers.
Baker told investigators the fight was only verbal, except for when he grabbed the woman's shoulders to take her phone away. The alleged incident is still under investigation and may lead to additional charges.
Barker played for the Griz from 1991 to 1994, and he came back to work as the Griz assistant coach in January of 2010. UM Athletic Director Kent Haslam says Baker left the university this past January to pursue other opportunities.