Video captures Garrity fight

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CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said a security video at a campus bar shows a University of Illinois football player hitting a man in a bar fight early Friday morning.

Michael Garrity, 19, a lineman who listed an address in the 500 block of South Third Street, Champaign, was arraigned Friday on two counts of aggravated battery with great bodily harm.

Garrity is expected to return to court next month on felony charges accusing him of hitting the man in a campus bar fight.

He posted 10 percent of $25,000 bond is due to return to court June 30.
Garrity is listed on the Illini Web site as a 6-foot-6, 310-pound sophomore offensive lineman. He attended Batavia High School.

He is accused of hitting another 19-year-old man, who was reportedly severely injured and taken to a hospital, according to Champaign police.

Rietz said the injured man was still being treated at an Urbana hospital on Monday night.

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, Dunn said.

When officers arrived, they found a 19-year-old Antioch man lying on the floor, bleeding, according to Dunn.

Rietz said a bartender told police Garrity punched the man unprovoked and left the bar.

"The victim was roughly half the size of Mr. Garrity," Rietz said.

Rietz said the bartender's story was corroborated by a security video at Kam's.

A second witness, identified by Rietz as Garrity's girlfriend, told police the Antioch man allegedly was harassing some women at the bar, and the women told Garrity of the harassment.

The girlfriend told police the Antioch man yelled at Garrity and hit him with his fist. Garrity told him he needed to back off, but when the Antioch man continued to yell, Garrity allegedly hit him, she said.

But Rietz said the security video did not corroborate the girlfriend's version of what happened.

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nuge13 wrote on May 20, 2009 at 10:05 am

The girl at the bar was not Garrity's girlfriend. I'm pretty sure she lives in his home town and was not even in Campaign that night.