UPDATE: Bond set at $2,000

UPDATE: Bond set at $2,000

URBANA — Suspended Illini basketball player Jaylon Tate is due back in court Monday to face a charge of domestic battery, alleging he hit his girlfriend in the face over the weekend.

The 21-year-old from Chicago made a brief appearance in bond court Sunday morning where a judge ordered him to post 10 percent of $2,000 bond to be released from jail.

Tate’s attorney, Tom Bruno, said after court that Tate’s family was in Champaign and was expected to come up with the money soon.

Champaign County Assistant State’s Attorney Tim Sullivan on Sunday laid out the allegations against Tate.

Judge Tom Difanis also ordered Tate to have no contact with the alleged victim, who’s also a University of Illinois athlete.

  Tate on Saturday was suspended from all team activities pending the investigation into the allegations against him and the pending legal proceedings. The indefinite suspension was announced in a joint statement from Groce and new Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman.



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andrewscheinman wrote on March 13, 2016 at 1:03 pm

Domestic violence is a horrible thing.  But I have to say that the bond hearing picture you're running is offensive -- a bunch of black people looking sad as they're swept into the maw of the justice system.

Sure that's the reality, but the Gazette doesn't show the corpses of fallen soliders or the burned twisted bodies of children killed by US drone strikes or ISIL terrorists.

So why not just go with the mug shot and leave the prurient-interest grabbing picture out of it.  This is a kid, if he did what he's accused of, he's a villian.

But let's not victimize him any more than we have to.  I don't recall the Gazette running bond photos of the white IT administrator caught sleeping drunk in his car.  So why not stick to the already-humiliating mug-shots, aren't they grotesque enough?

Skepticity wrote on March 13, 2016 at 6:03 pm

Not a "kid.": Over 18, can vote, can enlist in the armed services, can marry without parental consent. 

A man.

Do not demean him by implying he is a child. 

A legally responsible adult facing charges of domestic battery.   


The group of the accused are racially diverse, but if this hearing had all of the accused being of one or another race, it is just the sample at that time.  It IS reality in the justice system.  The photo is not showing corpses in wartime.  It is showing a group of the accused at a hearing, presumed innocent until proven guilty.  


No one is being victimized by being in this photo of the bond hearing.  


If the allegations are accurate, the victim is recovering from facial injuries, and is not in this photo.   


It troubles me that so often so much concern is focused on the well being of the alleged perpetrators and not the impact on the victims. 


Dan Bloeme wrote on March 14, 2016 at 11:03 am

That is really dumb. First off a 21 year old is hardly a kid. This was not kindergarten kids fighting over a toy. This was one male adult assaulting a female. There is NO place in society for that kind of attack. Stop trying to sugar coat it, trivialize it, obfuscate it or sweep it under the rug. Just Stop that Noise!! Nor, is it the justice system or newspapers fault that still another abusive man (Tate) was arrested for domestic violence and puhleeeeze, Tate is not 'the victim' here. If judged guilty he is just a thug that beats on women and deserves severe consequences.


BruckJr wrote on March 13, 2016 at 1:03 pm

What this story lacks is a quote from Steve Bardo.

C-U townie2 wrote on March 13, 2016 at 3:03 pm

Not sure if you saw the picture with two white guys behind him. (Well maybe one is Hispanic). What's sad is how dumb some of our young people are and the lack of an understanding that beating women is about as low as it gets.

JimOATSfan wrote on March 14, 2016 at 6:03 pm

Let's intend Tate is innocent as he claims. One would think his hands could be inspected for signs of impact or swelling. Perhaps there are others who can confirm he was somewhere else at the time.

Perhaps he is being set up by someone else to manipulate him now and in the future.

So, let's let the justice system do it's work properly and we shall see.

Very few believed Simon last year.

Kids can tell the truth, kids can do dumb things as they grow up. Tis a challenge to have everything mastered while still in college.