Cruse pleads not guilty

Freshman defensive tackle is suspended indefinitely from UW football team

Gino Cruse, a defensive tackle on the University of Wisconsin football team, entered a not guilty plea Thursday, the same day he was formally charged with two misdemeanors after an alleged altercation with his girlfriend.

According to court records, Cruse, was charged with criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct in connection with a Feb. 6 incident. He is suspended indefinitely form the UW football team per the terms of the university's Student-Athlete discipline policy, though he has the option of appealing.

Cruse, a 19-year-old native of Phoenix, has also received municipal citations for underage drinking and possession of marijuana as a result of his arrest early Sunday morning.

Thursday, he stood mute in Dane County Circuit Court as not guilty pleas were entered on his behalf for the misdemeanor charges. He is free on signature bond.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Cruse and his girlfriend were arguing early Sunday morning when he allegedly hit the window of her vehicle, breaking the glass.

Cruse, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound defensive tackle, redshirted last fall.


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