Cincinnati player won't be suspended after innocent plea

Updated: August 5, 2003, 11:21 AM ET

CINCINNATI -- The University of Cincinnati will wait until domestic violence and assault charges against basketball player Armein Kirkland are resolved before deciding whether to suspend him from the team.

However, athletic director Bob Goin decided to impose restrictions on Armein Kirkland after meeting Monday with the sophomore guard and coach Bob Huggins. Goin would not reveal the restrictions.

"We're going to let this thing play its way out and see if what he told me actually occurred and let the judge make the call," Goin said.

Kirkland, 19, pleaded innocent to charges he struck 17-year-old Ambrea Lacy during an argument Saturday. He is free on bond.

Lacy, who lived with Kirkland for two months, faces the same charges. She was accused of biting Kirkland in the elbow and stomach, according to a police report.

Kirkland, from Tyler, Texas, was a reserve player who saw action in 27 games as a freshman last season. He averaged 3.4 points and two rebounds per game.

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