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Steelers' Holmes faces domestic violence charge

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of assaulting a woman,
his second arrest since he was chosen in the first round of the NFL
draft.

The 22-year-old former Ohio State star was arrested at an
apartment just after midnight Monday on charges of domestic
violence and simple assault, both misdemeanors, Sgt. Loucious
Hollis said.

Holmes was released from the Franklin County jail on his own
recognizance later on Monday after a brief court appearance. No
trial date has been set.

"He's wrongly accused of domestic violence and assault," said
Holmes' attorney, Sam Shamansky. "I'm confident as this case works
its way through the system it'll be successfully resolved. He'll
just continue to do what he does with a passion, and that's play
football."

Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Woods said police received a call
from a woman who said the father of her child had assaulted her.
While the officers were making their report at the apartment,
Holmes returned and was arrested without incident.

Police would not release the woman's name or details about what
Holmes was accused of doing. Shamansky also declined to give the
woman's name but said she was the mother of Holmes' 18-week-old
daughter.

Before the draft, Holmes said he was hopeful that he would go
high in the draft so he could support his three children.

The Steelers did not return a message seeking comment.

Holmes, a native of Belle Glade, Fla., was arrested previously
in Miami Beach, Fla., on a charge of disorderly conduct during a
Memorial Day weekend crackdown by local authorities.

Steelers coach Bill Cowher criticized Holmes the following week,
but said he wouldn't hold the incident against the receiver.

"Whatever he did wrong, I don't think he handled it properly,"
Cowher said then. "I think he'll learn from it and understand the
scrutiny he's under. We have not talked face to face about it. I
don't have any long-term concerns."

Holmes, red-shirted as a freshman when Ohio State won the
national championship, led the Buckeyes in receiving last season
with 53 catches for 977 yards and 11 touchdowns. He gave up his
final season of eligibility to make himself available for the
draft.