Illinois Fighting Illini basketball player Kendrick Nunn was arrested and charged with domestic battery Thursday after allegedly "striking a woman in her apartment Wednesday evening," according to the News-Gazette's Mary Schenk.
The charge filed against Nunn is reportedly a misdemeanor, and the arrest represents the continuation of a disturbing trend for the program, according to the Chicago Tribune's Shannon Ryan:
Illinois coach John Groce and Athletic Director Josh Whitman released a joint statement regarding the news, announcing Nunn is suspended indefinitely, via Jeremy Werner of IlliniInquirer.com:
Kendrick Nunn has been suspended indefinitely from all team-related activities pending legal proceedings and an investigation into allegations of domestic battery. Once again, we encourage everyone to allow the legal process to work before passing judgment. We are striving for a championship culture across our entire athletics program. Obviously, yesterday’s event is the latest in a series of conduct issues involving our men’s basketball team. We are working diligently to ensure that our men’s basketball team is representative of the high ideals that we uphold in Illinois Athletics.
Police reportedly spoke to Nunn following the incident, but "there was no arrest at the time because both Nunn and the woman said nothing happened," according to Schenk.
Following the visit, the woman who was allegedly struck reportedly contacted police and admitted there had been an incident.
"She said they were arguing about their relationship and whether or not she owed him money and at some point he did push her and strike her in the back of the head," Ziegler said, per Schenk. "During the physical part of the altercation is when Champaign police showed up."
When police reported back to the woman's residence, Ziegler said officers "reported seeing red marks on her neck and shoulder" and took pictures.
"Ziegler said the charges allege he struck her about the head, pushed her to the floor and held her by the neck and that in doing so, the contact was of an 'insulting or provoking' nature," Schenk reported.
Nunn is reportedly being held on $5,000 bond and is expected to appear in court Friday.