Cincinnati player pleads innocent to assault charges

Updated: August 4, 2003, 12:13 PM ET

CINCINNATI -- University of Cincinnati basketball player Armein Kirkland pleaded innocent Monday to charges that he struck a 17-year-old girl during an argument at his apartment.

Kirkland, 19, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of domestic violence and assault for allegedly grabbing Ambrea Lacy's throat and slapping her in the face Saturday.

Lacy, who lived with Kirkland for two months, faces the same charges, and was accused of biting Kirkland in the elbow and stomach, according to a police report.

A Hamilton County Municipal Court judge on Monday allowed Kirkland to be released from jail after posting bond. The judge ordered him to stay away from Lacy.

Cincinnati athletic director Bob Goin will meet with the Kirkland before deciding the player's status with the program, said university spokesman Tom Hathaway.

Kirkland, a 6-foot-8 sophomore guard from Tyler, Texas, was a reserve who averaged 3.4 points and 2.0 rebounds in 27 games as a freshman last season.

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