Texas Basketball's Alexis Wangmene Suspended Indefinitely For DWI Arrest

Kris HughesCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2011

Texas' Alexis Wangmene Arrested for DWI Earlier This Week
Texas' Alexis Wangmene Arrested for DWI Earlier This WeekKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Update: Alexis Wangmene has been suspended indefinitely from the Texas basketball program, according to sources in Austin.

Texas basketball's second slip of 2011 may prove to be more damaging than their first, a 70-67 loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln last week.

Texas reserve forward Alexis Wangmene was arrested in Austin this past Sunday for driving while intoxicated.

It isn't clear why the news is just now being announced, but it will definitely create a negative distraction for Rick Barnes' team as they prepare for the postseason.

According to the arrest affidavit, Wangmene was stopped by a Texas Department of Public Safety officer at 4:30 a.m.

This is concerning for Texas on a couple of fronts.

One, why was a player on a team who is contending for a national championship out drinking on a Sunday night until the wee hours of the morning?

How does Wangmene's looming suspension affect the frontcourt rotation which is already lacking in depth?

While Alexis Wangmene may not be a huge contributor for the Texas Longhorns, this incident will become a distraction for the team as they finish out the remainder of the conference schedule and make their way to Boulder for Saturday afternoon's tilt with the Colorado Buffaloes.

The Texas athletic department will be sure to make their typical "no comment pending investigation" statement sometime later today when the press begins to dig in, but this blemish will not be easily swept under the rug given the national attention the Texas basketball program has been receiving as of late.

The second slip of 2011 for Texas basketball is Alexis Wangmene's arrest and potential dismissal from the team.

Texas fans should hope that it is the last.