Illinois football player pleads innocent in connection with battery, resisting peace officer charges

URBANA — An Illinois football player arrested over the weekend pleaded innocent on Thursday to battery and resisting a peace officer.

Kenneth Knight, 18, who listed an address in the 400 block of East Chalmers Street, Champaign, pleaded innocent to misdemeanor battery for allegedly punching a man in the head and misdemeanor resisting a peace officer for running from a Champaign police officer when Knight was being taken into custody.

According to Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn, police were patrolling the area of Third and Green street at about 11:55 p.m. Saturday when they discovered a fight taking place on the sidewalk.

According to the police report, a witness saw a 41-year-old Chicago man talking with another person when Knight allegedly struck the Chicago man with a closed fist, knocking him to the ground.

Police said the Chicago man had minor injuries but did not require medical attention at the time the report was written.

When police arrived at the scene, an officer saw blood coming out of Knight's mouth.

The officer told Knight to stand by and wait while he interviewed other people. Knight and a second person, Jordan Frysinger, 19, who listed an address in the 100 block of East Gregory Drive, C., took off running, police said.

Frysinger was caught and given a city notice to appear for resisting arrest, Dunn said.

When a second police officer caught Knight, the two men were pulled off-balance and fell to the ground, struggling with one another until another officer arrived to help handcuff Knight.

Knight was treated at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana before he was taken to the Champaign County Jail. Knight was later released on his own recognizance.

Judge Tom Difanis set Knight's next court appearance for Dec. 22.

Frysinger and Knight are both redshirt freshmen wide receivers on the Illinois football team.

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SilentGeorge wrote on November 17, 2011 at 11:11 pm

We need to find out if those two CPD cops have any college eligibility left.  They managed to run down and tackle two Illinois wide receivers.  Doesn't this team do any scouting?  Everyone knows that the CPD always plays a "Cover 2" on campus after Saturday night home games.

tigersy2k3 wrote on November 18, 2011 at 10:11 am

HA! now that is a funny post good for a Friday morning chuckle

whatithink wrote on November 18, 2011 at 7:11 am

Ron Zook would be an excellent recruiter for a prison league,  just look at the criminals he gets for Illinois.

tigersy2k3 wrote on November 18, 2011 at 10:11 am

This is a little unfair.  The Illinois athletic teams have done a great job of staying out of legal trouble this year after previous years and problems.

ff907 wrote on November 18, 2011 at 8:11 am

Another great job by CPD at catching a criminal.  Are we going to have to go to city council to defend the officers actions again?  I mean they tackled another criminal so I'm sure someone will say the officer is wrong and the department is corrupt.

bremax wrote on November 18, 2011 at 9:11 am

This proves the need for a citizens review board.  Knight is black, therefore the arresting officer must be racist!