UPDATE: Leron Black pleads not guilty to aggravated assault

Illini sophomore arrested for allegedly threatening a bouncer with a knife

Updated: Friday, 1:50 p.m.

Illini sophomore forward Leron Black plead not guilty to a charge of aggravated assault at his arraignment hearing at the Champaign County Courthouse on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Black is accused of a Class 4 felony for threatening a bouncer at the Canopy Club with a folding knife that had a three-to-four inch blade. This occurred after a fight broke out inside around midnight and staff members tried to remove guests involved.

"I don't have a strap but I'm not afraid to cut somebody," Black said, according to the police report.

Black was represented by attorney Mark Lipton, who argued for a reasonable bond based on Black's lack of a criminal history and potential for punishment by the team. Judge John Kennedy set the bond at $5,000 and Black's pre-trial court date is set for April 19 at 11:00 a.m.

If convicted, Black faces penalties including probation, a fine up to $25,000 and one-to-three years imprisonment. The case has been assigned to Judge Harry Clem.

According to the police report, Black was with a group of people who were involved in the fight. He was upset that the security staff elected to kick them out, and it was also reported that he didn't like how they treated his girlfriend.

Black's girlfriend was present at the arraignment hearing, but no one from the Illinois basketball program was in attendance.

Illini head coach John Groce issued a statement on Friday morning.

"We are aware of the incident involving Leron Black," Groce said. "He has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities as we await the legal process."

More details coming as this story develops.



Friday, 9:30 a.m.

Illinois sophomore basketball player Leron Black was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault, a felony charge. He has a scheduled arraignment hearing in court at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The News-Gazette reports Black was arrested for allegedly threatening a bouncer with a knife at The Canopy Club, an Urbana nightclub. Read The News-Gazette report in full here.

“We are aware of the incident involving Leron Black," IIlini basketball coach John Groce said in a statement. "He has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities as we await the legal process.”

Black, a Memphis native, has only played seven games this season due to a knee injury. The former top-50 recruit was averaging 5.0 points and 4.3 rebounds.

More as this story develops.

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