The Bowling Green (Ky.) Daily News reports that the former Western Kentucky standout pleaded guilty Friday to assault under extreme emotional disturbance. Warren Circuit Judge Steve Wilson ordered Higbee to pay the victim an undisclosed amount and perform 250 hours of community service as part of a five-year pretrial diversion program. Higbee also can't own or possess a gun, use drugs or drink alcohol.
If Higbee violates the terms of the diversion program, he could be given a two-year prison sentence.
Higbee told police he and his girlfriend had been to a bar in April 2016 when he got into an argument with Nawaf Alsaleh.
Higbee and his girlfriend left the bar and went to a nearby parking lot to buy from a food truck. Police say Alsaleh approached Higbee again and that Higbee punched him.
Witnesses told police two men were arguing with Alsaleh and that one was yelling racial slurs at him. Brian Lowder, Higbee's attorney, told the newspaper that Higbee did not use a racial slur.
"The person who made the comments has acknowledged responsibility for having said the things he said," Lowder said. "The main thing we want to convey is Mr. Higbee as well as the victim are happy to put this behind them both. Mr. Higbee wishes him continued good health, and we believe it's a fair outcome given the circumstances."
Lowder said Alsaleh is now living in Saudi Arabia.
The Rams drafted Higbee in the fourth round a few weeks after his arrest. He played 16 games last season, tallying 11 receptions and one touchdown.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.