FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2013 file photo, Illinois guard Jaylon Tate (1) drives to drive around Dartmouth guard Alex Mitola (11) in the first half in an NCAA college basketball game in Champaign, Ill. Tate has been arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domes
Rick Danzl
March 14, 2016

URBANA, Ill. (AP) Suspended Illinois basketball player Jaylon Tate pleaded not guilty Monday to misdemeanor domestic battery after a weekend arrest for allegedly hitting his girlfriend.

Defense attorney Tom Bruno disputed that the woman was Tate's girlfriend and said ''I don't believe he was present when it happened.'' Bruno said Tate ''had nothing to do with it.'' The attorney said he plans to give investigators and prosecutors evidence he believes will clear Tate but would not elaborate.

Police said they arrested the 21-year-old junior Saturday and that the woman's mouth was bleeding.

Tate is free on bond.

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