The Indy has confirmed via the Missoula Police Department's online jail roster that Officer John Martini arrested Houston Leon Roots, age 22, yesterday, March 28, on a charge of partner or family assault, and that he was released at 6:13 p.m. the same day after posting $500 bond. Roots is a former cornerback for the University of Montana's Griz football team. According to the University of Montana directory, Roots is still listed as a student.
Whether Roots's arrest had any bearing on this morning's firing of UM athletic director Jim O'Day and football coach Robin Pflugrad has not been confirmed. UM officials have not yet commented on the motives behind the firings, beyond releasing a statement on the firings wishing both O'Day and Pflugrad the best. The last few months have seen a rash of allegations of sexual assault at UM, including allegations against several past and present football players.