Illinois offensive lineman Mike Garrity has been suspended indefinitely from the team following his arrest on felony charges of aggravated battery with great bodily harm.
“We are aware of the situation regarding Mike Garrity’s arrest,” Illinois coach Ron Zook said. “He is currently suspended from the team indefinitely until we are able to gather all the facts. It is in the hands of the authorities right now and we will continue to monitor the situation.”
Garrity is due to return to court next month on felony charges accusing him of hitting a man in a campus bar fight. Garrity was arraigned Friday on two counts of aggravated battery with great bodily harm.
He posted 10 percent of $25,000 bond is due to return to court June 30.
Garrity is accused of hitting another 19-year-old man, who was reportedly severely injured and taken to a hospital, according to Champaign police.
Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said Monday the incident is still under investigation.
Officers were sent to Kam’s, 618 E. Daniel St., C, at 1:55 a.m. Friday to investigate a report of a battery incident.
When officers arrived, they found a 19-year-old Antioch man lying on the floor, bleeding, according to Dunn.
One witness told police that Garrity punched the other man and left the bar, she said.
Another witness said the fight stemmed from an argument in which the other man struck Garrity first, Dunn said.
Dunn said the Antioch man was allegedly harassing some women at the bar and the women then told Garrity of the harassment.
According to one witness, the Antioch man yelled at Garrity and hit him with his fist, Dunn said. Garrity told him he needed to back off, but when the Antioch man continued to yell, Garrity allegedly hit him, she said.