Arizona State has suspended highly regarded junior college transfer Davon Durant indefinitely in the aftermath of Durant's arrest for aggravated assault on a domestic violence charge stemming from an incident that occurred with his girlfriend March 6.
Durant was arrested by Tempe police responding to a witness report that he observed a man strike a woman inside a black SUV, after which the woman involved in the incident told police Durant hit her once and grabbed her around the neck.
Durant told police, according to the report, he had a verbal altercation with the alleged victim. Police said the woman had injuries consistent with her story, including bruises to her face and neck.
Durant was taken into custody and is facing charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct according to Maricopa County Superior Court records.
ASU expected Durant to be a front-runner for the starting Devil backer position this spring after arriving on campus as a five-star recruit by Scout.com. He has not participated in any team activities since the arrest and has been removed from the team's spring roster.
"Obviously when you have these situations, if a guy gets arrested they understand they are going to be suspended," ASU coach Todd Graham said Monday. "Obviously that (legal) process has to carry itself out. Our standards are the highest. They're a lot higher than I think just about anybody around. There's accountability for those standards. If you're going to step forward and make the stance that we do when it comes to character and respect, and all those things, obviously that's something that's very, very important to us. But also we owe it to our guys to let the process play itself out. Every guy on our team knows, you get arrested, you are getting suspended. Most of the time that is an indefinite suspension based on the process. If you're guilty, you're going to get punished to the fullest.
"Our standards are extremely high and it's disappointing any time you have something like that happen. We work so hard and have so many people that are representing the team the right way. But on the same hand you've just got to let the process play itself out. That's kind of the thing that's tough about it. Our guys know if they violate the rules they are going to punished and they're going to be held accountable to the highest standard and it doesn't really matter what anybody else's standards (are), ours are going to be the highest standard. if we have a person get arrested, we're always disappointed. That doesn't happen around here, it's not the norm and not something we tolerate."