Arizona State LB pleads guilty to disorderly conduct in abuse case
Arizona State linebacker Davon Durant pled guilty Thursday to one count of disorderly conduct stemming from a March 7 arrest in which he was accused of domestic violence and aggravated assault, according to The Arizona Republic.
As a result of pleading guilty to disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor charge, other accusations against Durant will be dropped following his sentencing on June 15, the report said.
Durant remains suspended indefinitely from the football team. His name was not on Arizona State's spring football roster.
Durant is a junior college transfer coming to Arizona State for his junior and senior seasons. He played his first two years of collegiate football at Butler (Kan.) Community College. He was considered to be the top junior college linebacker in the 2015 recruiting class.
Durant's accuser, his girlfriend at the time, told police that Durant hit her in the face and grabbed her neck. Durant maintained that the two were only having an argument in the back of an SUV.
Witnesses who called 911 reportedly said, "There's some guy like beating a girl in a car."
On March 17, his then-girlfriend recanted her comments to police officers.
"When I lied to the police, it was out of spite," she told ESPN. "I wasn't thinking. It was a very vengeful and spiteful thing to do."
At sentencing, Durant could face up to six months in jail, supervised probation, up to $2,500 in fines and could be ordered take a domestic violence offender treatment program, according to The Republic's report.
In March, Sun Devils coach Todd Graham told Fox Sports Durant would remain suspended until the legal process played out.
"We owe it to our guys for the process to play itself out," Graham said. "If you're guilty, you're going to be punished to the fullest. You deserve due process to gather all the facts."