ASU football has suspended one of its top new players indefinitely after his arrest earlier this month.
Davon Durant, the only five-star prospect in ASU's 2015 recruiting class, was considered a contender for the vacant Devilbacker position. He signed early with ASU in December, allowing him to enroll in classes in January and start spring football practice.
Durant was not present at the first day of spring practice on Monday and his name has been removed from the team's roster. The team said he has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.
He was arrested March 6 on the 500 block of East Apache Boulevard on three counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and one count of felony aggravated assault. A witness called Tempe Police after seeing a man hit a woman while both sat in a parked black Chevrolet SUV.
When officers arrived, they identified the man as Durant and the woman as his girlfriend. She told police the two had argued and that she had wanted him to leave. He then entered her car and told her they needed to go to her apartment so he could retrieve property, police reported.
The woman told him he needed to leave and that she would bring him his property later, according to the report. Durant then hit her in the face and grabbed her around the neck, making it difficult for her to breathe, police reported.
Police noticed a small contusion and red mark under the woman's eye, consistent with being hit, as well as abrasions and bruising on her neck that could have come from fingers, according to the report. The woman refused medical attention and Durant was transported to the Tempe City Jail, where he was booked and held to see a judge.
A preliminary hearing to establish whether there's enough probable cause to try him is scheduled for Wednesday.
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State Press reporter Katlyn Ewens contributed reporting.
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