Illini Lineman Arrested in Barfight -

Illini Lineman Arrested in Barfight

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- A University of Illinois football player has been charged with two counts of felony aggravated battery after a bar fight that authorities say sent another man to the hospital.

Nineteen-year-old Mike Garrity of Batavia has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the 1:55 a.m. fight at Kam's, near campus.

Police say women at the bar told Garrity the unidentified man harassed them.

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz says Garrity punched him, fracturing the man's skull. Rietz says the man is a university student and remained hospitalized Monday.

Garrity's attorney didn't return a call seeking comment.

Garrity is a 6-6, 310-pound sophomore lineman but has never played. A team spokeswoman says he's now suspended.

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