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Illinois PG Jaylon Tate Arrested for Punching GF in the Face

The loss was rough, but this isn’t the answer at all.

Illinois junior point guard Jaylon Tate was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery on Saturday morning, hours after the Fighting Illini were bounced from the Big Ten Tournament.

The News-Gazette reports that Tate allegedly punched his girlfriend in the face:

Champaign police Sgt. Bruce Ramseyer said the 19-year-old victim, also a UI athlete, confirmed for police that she had been hit once in the face by Tate but declined to give police any other information, including when and where the alleged battery happened.

Ramseyer said police were called by a friend of the woman to an apartment on South Third Street at 1:40 a.m. Saturday.

“The victim didn’t want to tell us anything. She admits dating him,” Ramseyer said. “Initially she said he hit her once. She didn’t want to answer any other questions.”

Ramseyer said the officers could see she was spitting blood and had a swollen face. She went to Carle Hospital’s emergency room to be checked out, he said.

Illinois coach John Groce and athletics director Josh Whitman released a joint statement revealing that Tate has been suspended indefinitely from team activities, pending the legal process.

“We are aware of the allegations against men’s basketball student-athlete Jaylon Tate,” the statement read. “Tate has been indefinitely suspended from all team activities pending legal proceedings and an investigation into the allegations. It is important that we take time to fully understand the events of last evening before passing judgment. We condemn domestic violence in all its forms and will move swiftly and decisively if these allegations are substantiated.”

Champaign police said the 19-year-old victim, also an Illinois athlete, had been hit once in the face by Tate but declined to give police any other information, including when and where the alleged incident happened.

-- Glenn Erby

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