Illini junior point guard Jaylon Tate plead not guilty to a Class A misdemeanor charge of domestic battery at the Champaign County Courthouse on Monday afternoon.
Tate was arrested early Saturday morning for allegedly striking his girlfriend - an Illinois women's softball player - in the face. Tate's pre-trial date is set for April 20, and he has been ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim.
Tate was accompanied by attorneys Tom and Evan Bruno. Tom Bruno had strong statements following the arraignment hearing about the case.
"We have no doubt this case will result in the complete clearing of Jaylon Tate's name," he said. "A great disservice has been done to Jaylon."
Tom Bruno added that they have information about the incident that they will share with authorities, and they believe will swing the case in their favor.
"We have information to share that we believe will make this a quick and favorable decision," he said.
Tate's attorney also asked that the community "not rush to judgement" in this case before the facts are all laid out.
Tate is the second Illini basketball player to be arrested in the last month. Illini sophomore forward Leron Black was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on Feb. 20. His pre-trial hearing is scheduled for April 19 - one day before Tate's.
Both players have been suspended indefinitely from all team activities. Illini head coach John Groce and athletic director Josh Whitman released a statement on Saturday following Tate's arrest.
“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."
More on this story as it develops.