Jaylon Tate arrested for domestic battery

Illinois junior point guard arrested on charge of domestic battery on Saturday morning

UPDATE, Sunday 11:30 a.m.

Bond for Illini basketball player Jaylon Tate, who was arrested on a charge of domestic battery on Saturday, was set for $2,000. Tate has an arraignment hearing -- where he will enter a plea for the charge -- at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Champaign County Courthouse.

CHAMPAIGN - Illinois junior guard Jaylon Tate was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery on Saturday morning. He was booked in Champaign County Jail at 6:15 a.m. Saturday morning and is scheduled for an appearance in bond court 10:30 a.m. Sunday. He will remain in jail until then.

The News-Gazette reports that Tate allegedly punched his girlfriend in the face once.

Illinois coach John Groce and athletics director Josh Whitman released a joint statement stating that Tate has been suspended indefinitely from team activities, pending the legal process.

“We are aware of the allegations against men’s basketball student-athlete Jaylon Tate," the statement read. "Tate has been indefinitely suspended from all team activities pending legal proceedings and an investigation into the allegations. It is important that we take time to fully understand the events of last evening before passing judgment. We condemn domestic violence in all its forms and will move swiftly and decisively if these allegations are substantiated."


Tate is the second Illini player arrested in the last month and the third in the past year.

Sophomore forward Leron Black was arrested on Feb. 20 on a felony charge of aggravated assault after allegedly threatening a bouncer of an Urbana nightclub with a knife. He plead not guilty during arraignment and has a pre-trial court date set for April 19. In the meantime, Illini coach John Groce suspended Black from team activities indefinitely.

Darius Paul was arrested in France during the team's overseas trip last August on charges of vandalism, public intoxication and resisting arrest. Paul, who was suspended for an entire season following a 2014 arrest for underage drinking and resisting arrest, was dismissed from the team.


Illinois athletics director Josh Whitman, who took over the job March 5 and promptly fired football coach Bill Cubit, gave Groce a vote of confidence.

When asked about off-the-court issues on March 5, Whitman said: "John knows my stance on those things, and that is we have very low tolerance for off-the-court issues. I do, however, go back to what our true mission is at a place like the University of Illinois. We're dealing with 18- to 23-year-old young men and women. They're going to make mistakes. When they do, we're going to take that as an opportunity to educate them, to develop them, to help them become better. That's a part of our job is to prepare them to be more successful citizens in our community when they leave our campus. I talked at John at length about that, and he shares that philosophy.

"On the other hand ... I also believe in accountability. That's part of the lessons we're teaching our student-athletes. 'You all make decisions every day. You have to be prepared to deal with the ramifications of those decisions.' Everybody's accountable for their actions, whether it's me, whether it's anybody. Certainly, an athlete here is no different. That has been a part of our conversations. I know that John has the same belief."

More as this story develops.

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